18 May

Make Corruption Your Issue


In just six weeks, Lawrence Lessig’s TED talk We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim has reached more than 800,00 people. Now, he’s decided it’s time to pass the torch, and it’s up to us, Rootstrikers, to take it the rest of the way.

Lessig is retiring his TED talk, which means that this will be the last you see of it coming from his mouth. Instead, he is challenging Rootstrikers to ensure it builds the movement it demands by making it their own. If Lessig’s talk moved you to take action against the corruption that cripples our government, then now it’s up to you to move at least five friends to do the same.

Here’s the deal: We want you to pledge to take Lessig’s message, make it your own, and share it with at least a handful of people [the more the better].

At minimum, that means adding your name to the form at the right and sending a message to at least five people.

At best, that means using our remixing tool Corruption Is My Issue to bring another level of awesome to this effort:

  • At “find materials” you’ll be able to access the original source files for Lessig’s TED talk on Slideshare.
  • At “join projects” you’ll find Rootstrikers’ Pipeline, where others are already working on projects together, and where you can start one of your own.
  • And this is the fun part: All you have to do is combine your personal story about why corruption matters to you and mash it up with Lessig’s talk about the systemic problem. Make a Prezi, create a powerpoint presentation, write a poem, or make it into graphic/live/storytelling art of some kind. Then just share it with everyone you know.

We can’t stop the corruption until at least a million people are behind us, so that means that we, Rootstrikers, have some work to do. Lessig reached over 800,000 people. If each of you reached just five, we’d have spread this critical message about corruption to well over a million.

Will you pick up where Lessig left off, and help Rootstrikers build the movement needed to reclaim our Republic? Add your pledge to the right.

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