There are several ways you can connect with us to help in our efforts to make our government more open and transparent. Making sure that our government is accountable is not a spectator sport. That’s why we have made it easy for you to get involved in the political process that governs our democracy. See how you can take action below.
Would you like to create a more open and transparent government? We're using Crowdmap and Meetup to organize and share information of upcoming events, trainings and open government groups around the country. We need your help finding more!
If you know of an open government event, training or group, please share that information with us. If you want to start your own event, you can check out our Meetup page to find like-minded transparency advocates and make some offline connections. Whether it's a hackathon or happy hour, you can help build the movement for transparency right in your own town.
Download our Sunlight Events Sponsorship Toolkit for details on event sponsorship and data resources to use at your event.
Feel free to email us directly if you need help with planning or promoting.
See what people are doing around the country to promote government transparencyMarko Rakar Zagreb, Croatia
In Croatia, there has long been a surplus of voters in the state’s voter files, a problem that everyone in Croatia is aware of. By simply publishing the list in a searchable web site where you could type in any address to reveal fraudulent voter registrations, Marko and his colleagues at his organization Vjetrenjaca (Windmill) were able to define the problem for once and for all. This led the government into being forced to change the constitution and its laws governing voter registration and residency. Now the government has adopted and published their own version of Marko’s site, asking people to use it to clear up the old, messy voter list.Continue reading and discover more champions
Are you doing unique work in your community to make your government more transparent? Maybe you are actively involved in creating special projects that are opening up your local government. We believe that you can spur transparency in your hometown by taking action to demand for openness.
Write a guest blog and share your experience with us and the rest of the world. Some of our guest bloggers are citizen activists, website developers, teachers, journalists and local bloggers like you who are unlocking their governments through the work they are doing.
Our airwaves are flooding with political ads bought by secret groups using their fortunes to infiltrate our democracy. Say no to influencing your vote.
Volunteers across the nation are uploading political ad files and shining a light on the unknown donors trying to push their agendas. Help us put transparency in phrases like “responsible for the content of this message” and “I approve this message” by becoming a Political Ad Sleuth.