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Omar Ahmad:
Political change with pen and paper

TED2010 · 6:07 · Filmed Feb 2010
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Omar Ahmad: Political change with pen and paper
6:07 · Filmed February 2010 at TED2010 · Subtitles available in 31 languages

Want your local politician to pay attention to an issue you care about? Take this tip from Omar Ahmad, the beloved former mayor of San Carlos, California: Send a monthly handwritten letter. Old-fashioned correspondence, he shows, is more effective than email, phone — or even writing a check. Listen for his four simple steps to writing a letter that works.

Technologist, city councilman
An internet infrastructure maven and activist, Omar Ahmad was the mayor of San Carlos, California. Full bio
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