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Read the new TED Book: Citizen Advocate

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Citizen AdvocateHas the red tape of the political process gotten you down? In the step-by-step handbook Citizen Advocate: Get Government to Move Mountains and Change the World, Omar Ahmad, the former mayor of San Carlos, California, explains what it takes to move a great idea down the often-confusing path from hope to law. Written before Ahmad’s untimely death in 2011 (his sister helped complete his almost-finished manuscript), this practical guide is focused on the community level, because Ahmad steadfastly believed that when small local changes occur, big things can result. But to advocate your point of view, you must embark on a multi-step journey that requires time, effort and creativity. Citizen Advocate shows you how.

Download the book for your Kindle, iPad or Nook, or get the full multimedia version through the TED Books app. And make sure to watch Ahmad’s moving talk from TED2010, “Political change with pen and paper,” in which he revealed why writing a monthly letter to politicians actually works.