July 10, 2020

I heard that you may be interested in running for office. Let me be the first to say congratulations!

Now, let’s talk about how we can take your grand idea and turn it into a winning campaign. 

There are a few key things that you need to do in order to get off on th...

June 27, 2020

For so many reasons, Pride feels different this year: No parades. No festivals. Just the stark realization of how far we have come -- and how much farther we need to go to achieve true equity in our communities.

It is easy to think back fondly on that moment five y...

June 12, 2020

What was it like managing a legislative campaign in a pandemic?

Well, it was very similar--except we couldn’t do anything in person and our zoom meetings were often interrupted by dogs crying and children barking in the background. Alright, maybe I’m being a little chee...

May 25, 2020

Updated June 9, 2020:

In case you missed every news cycle of the past two weeks, the TL;DR is that a lot has happened in Minnesota -- specifically Minneapolis and St. Paul -- following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in South Minneapolis.

There is a lot...

When Leili and I started Apparatus, we knew that we wanted to build a company that was ethically successful. Said differently, we wanted to make money but only by doing good things with positive outcomes for our community and issues we care about.

Not long after we star...

April 23, 2020

We're excited to share that Laura, one of our partners and principals, will step in as the part-time Interim Executive Director of the Citizens League while the organization searches for a permanent Executive Director.

She previously served as board chair of the Citizen...

April 22, 2020

Now that we're settling into something like normal, there's been some calibration around working effectively (or mostly effectively depending on how distance learning is going in my kitchen on any given day). It's definitely different, heavy on Zoom, and a little weird...

April 7, 2020

Hello, hello. What a week (and I say *every* week at this point).

It's been rough and likely to get rougher still. Although things will continue to change as communities deal with the Covid-19 outbreak, there are plenty of ways to stay engaged and advocate for issues th...

March 2, 2020

To no one's surprise, 2020 is off to a busy start when it comes to politics, legislation, and fighting for what we care about. Engaging in advocacy can seem intimidating, but there are easy ways to build your advocacy acumen and support causes, issues, and individuals...

February 26, 2020

Continuing our series on becoming an effective citizen lobbyist, we bring you part four in our series which will walk you through getting a bill through the committee process. (If you want a few refreshers, check out part 1 (Preparing to lobby),  part 2 (Meeting with l...

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