Summary of Political Change with Pen and Paper

TED Conferences LLC, more...

Watch the video

Political Change with Pen and Paper summary
In politics, the pen is mightier than the sword – and the keyboard.


8 Overall

9 Applicability

6 Innovation

8 Style


What is your chosen method for capturing the attention of your political representative? According to Omar Ahmad, former mayor of San Carlos, California, a handwritten letter is the most expeditious way to garner your representative’s interest. Ahmad explains that public officials are predictable beings, and he outlines simple steps to help you open a dialogue with them. getAbstract recommends this brief but humorous lecture to politically motivated businesspeople, political activists and individuals who value their duty as involved citizens.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why pen and paper can exert influence on government officials,
  • How to frame letters to capture a politician’s attention, and
  • How to maximize visibility.


At some point in your career, you may need to appeal to local officials, but how can you place your issue on their radar? Remember that two factors drive politicians’ behavior: The first is “...
Get the key points from this video in less than 10 minutes. Learn more about our products or log in

About the Speaker

Entrepreneur Omar Ahmad is a former mayor of San Carlos, California.

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category