Who we are
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
– Jane Jacobs, The Life and Death of Great American Cities
Advocate Well was founded on a simple premise, if you have one hour to dedicate to saving the world, where would that hour go?
We highlight the most effective policies you can advocate for to solve the big issues in the world. These are local policies that you can pass in your own backyard that will improve people’s lives today. We offer clear, step by step instructions on how to best pass these policies locally, along with resources to help you on your way.
Bryan Eastman is a Gainesville, Florida based entrepreneur, politico, and policy wonk. He believes cities hold the key to a better, more equitable country. As a campaign consultant, he has managed political campaigns for races from congress to city commission. He also worked in local communities across Florida to train over 3,000 unemployed people in Entrepreneurship as the program manager for “Startup Quest”.
Cities themselves can choose to create a city-wide municipal internet solution and charge much less than the large internet companies. They can also put in solutions for low income residents, such as free internet or wireless internet into their homes as a result. This allows taxpayers to control internet more as a necessary utility, as opposed to a for-profit venture. It also keeps the money in the community. The first city to do this was Chattanooga, Tennessee who saw long term savings as well as a new revenue stream from these users. They were able to reinvest that money back into their citizens, instead of sending it away to one of the big internet giants.Details
Cities can implement processes that force city departments to take racial impact into consideration before making big decisions. Known as a “racial equity toolkit” that mandates that cities go through a series of steps during the project planning process and during annual budgets. Imagine, for example, that you wanted to build a new development in a low income part of town that hasn’t seen investment i many years. Thanks to the low cost of land and proximity to downtown, which is newly bustling, a developer wants to build a condominium project tailored to young professionals.Details