September 8, 2020

To say 2020 has been a wild year is an understatement, but, somehow, it's only going to get wilder as we approach Nov. 3. 

Election Day is a favorite holiday of mine (well, it should be a federal holiday but we'll leave that to another blog post) and one I can't wa...

August 17, 2020

I have a not-so-exciting secret to share: I love podcasts. 

I love them as a medium to get information, I love them as a medium to share information, and they have become an important partner in my day-to-day activities.

At my first job out of college, I helped laun...

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 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...

February 10, 2020

On the eve of MNLeg session 2020, it seemed like the right time to revisit thoughts on being a citizen lobbyist.

Last year, I brought you the first three installments in our series:

  • Part 1: How to get started and what to do before you ever have a meeting

  • Part 2:...

January 17, 2020

Well, actually it's the same us but also more us. Us+. Read on.

As you may have noticed, we kicked off the year with the announcement of a new team member, Joe Radinovich. We've worked with Joe for many years (notably in 2017 getting Jacob Frey elected Mayor of Minneapo...

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