If you can’t fight City Hall, code for it

Working with small municipal governments doesn’t have to suck. In fact, according to Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, between the open data movement and a new generation of government workers, making your community better has never been easier. Code for America works with 26 fellows (applications end July 29), who take a year off to build applications for local governments. But you don’t have to be an official fellow to make a change. In this video, Pahlka explains how you can start working with local governments (spoiler: Just call city hall, SRSLY!) and what types of projects work best.