Cahill is a rising senior at Marquette University and founder of the school's chapter of Bridge USA, a national student-run organization seeking to depolarize campuses and boost their civic engagement.
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A few weeks between Harvard Business School graduation and his next job, at the language learning company Duolingo in Pittsburgh, was all it took for Jackson Shuttleworth to put together Count the Vote — with his infant son, Benji, on his lap much of the time. The website promotes the virtues of being a poll worker, a job drastically understaffed even before the coronavirus pandemic, and puts application forms for 3,000 cities, counties and states just a click away. It's Shuttleworth's first professional foray into civic engagement; he was a management consultant for six years after Boston College and his last venture at B-school was creating Jova, a cold brew coffee company. His answers have been edited for clarity and length.
What's the tweet-length description of your organization?
Making it easy for young people to sign up as a poll worker, anywhere across the country.
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Who better to bridge the political divide in our country than Captain America?
Marvel star Chris Evans is working to stand up for the little guy — this time in real life — by launching a bipartisan civic engagement app that explores a variety of issues in short videos. The actor says the aim of the new platform he unveiled last week, A Starting Point, is to provide people with concise answers to common political and policy questions.
Evans hopes to be something of a supersoldier in the combat to end the nation's era of political divisiveness — the app something that Steve Rogers (his character's original identity in 10 superhero movies in the past decade) might deploy to cut through the partisan noise and bring clarity and balance to Americans' most pressing problems.
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