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A SUITE OF CLASSES THAT INFORMS AND EDUCATES U.S. CITIZENS ON MAKING CHANGES AND CREATING POLICY IN U.S. POLITICS
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ilobby policy politics Nov 16, 2018
 
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Wasted Effort - 5 Mistakes to Avoid

gun reform policy politics Oct 31, 2018
 

You know, one of the things I wanted to talk about is the fact that a lot of people believe that if they sign a petition or if they protest, that they're actually going to get something done. I'm really struck because our kids at school are attending a walk-out as many kids are regarding the gun violence and the events that happened in Florida a little while ago. And what's interesting is you can have a lot of people walk out, get together, protest, hold signs in solidarity and hope that...

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How iLobby Started - Origin Story

 

You know, one of the questions I get asked a lot, and this came up last year when I was doing a bunch of podcasts and radio interviews is where did this idea come from? And I guess it goes back to actually the mid 90s. So I was working at MCA, which was the parent to Universal Studios and I was working in government affairs and in the course of doing that we were working with lobbyists, the Motion Picture Association, Senators, congressmen, heads of state, the executives at the company and...

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Advocacy Secrets

 

I talked briefly on another video about the iLobby origin story, and when I worked at the studios in the entertainment industry at MCA at, was a parent to Universal and why it was important for and still is the entertainment industry or any industry, to work closely with the government, to work closely with Washington. And when companies realize that they tend to have some success in some cases it's outsized in terms of what they hope to accomplish. And in other times it's significantly less....

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1993 Sniper Attack - My Personal Story

 

You know, one of the things I wanted to talk about is guns and not really gun safety, but the proliferation of guns. It's definitely on everybody's mind, particularly since Parkland, Florida and all the school shootings that we saw.

This is particularly germane to me because in another video I talked about the origin story of iLobby and why I got into how do we change laws, how do we improve things and how do we get more people involved in policy, which is a big step in making that happen.

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New Features

ilobby policy politics Aug 24, 2018
 

Here are some new features on iLobby:

  • Mini status report
  • Personalized tracking leaderboard
  • Free training 
  • Dynamic search
  • Integrated arguments

 

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Hey, I want to show you some cool things that are coming up in the site. The first thing that we have is when you log in, in case you don't realize right up here, after you've logged in, you've got a status report of how you're doing on your debates. The next thing is if you go take a look at discover great debates, you'll...

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The Big Secret

ilobby policy politics Aug 10, 2018
 

Hi, I want to run you through a little thought exercise here so you can get an idea of what many people who are politically frustrated are trying to get done. So let me start here.

This is you, the voter, the average person, and what you want to do is you want to reach this person here and this person is the politician and obviously there are many problems getting to them and there's lots of obstacles in the way and there's many ways that people choose to do it that are not that effective,...

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Changing Laws

ilobby policy politics Aug 03, 2018
 

Changing and writing a law is difficult. That's why we have a republic. What we effectively have done is delegated the laws that we want to make to our elected representatives and they do it for us.

But when they make laws that you may not agree with, it's really difficult to change or be involved or have an opinion or get something done. So the question becomes is it possible for the average person to be able to change a law?

And there definitely are cases where people do that and in some...

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Access

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2018
 

Hi, there were three things that are holding us back. It's apathy, access and affordability. For some who are really apathetic and think there's no point in trying to make a change, then it really doesn't matter. So for the rest of you who are looking at this and saying, wow, you know, access is the big problem and the question is...

access is a big problem. I mean, part of it is you don't know who to go to, what you need to say, how to get something changed, how to get a law moving forward,...

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Mailbox

Uncategorized Jul 06, 2018
 

Hi, I wanted to share some of the recent comments and email and feedback I've received from people. I have one long one I'll start with, but what he says is well after going through a lot of information, he basically says, "I don't think people have it together well enough to be able to create a decent law." And my response to that is he's absolutely right. It takes a village to change a law. So the idea is you're not doing this alone, you're doing it with lots of other people in a crowd...

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