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17a Junior Consultant, focused on public service delivery problems.

 

Elena Sokoloski

What do you want to solve?
Political equality and participation in the voting booth. Participation is low, and the system heavily skews toward non-urban voices, which systematically under-enfranchises young people and people of color. Government only works when we can all be heard!

What do you think everyone should google to learn more about?
Catherine the Great! "Grand legislatrix" (her words), trilingual graphomaniac, innovator in public health and city planning before those things even existed in Russia: talk about a visionary woman!

What are you listening to?
Caliphate, a podcast following NYT reporters Rukmini Callimachi and Andy Mills on their quest to understand the origins and nature of the Islamic State. It's as much about the reporters' process as about what they've discovered, and I think that's fascinating!

Europa, a tone poem for flute and electronics (inspired by NASA recordings!) that narrates an episode of extraterrestrial exploration. Technology represents such a wide horizon for musicians looking to innovate in their art, and the result is so cool!

What is your tagline for 2018?
Nonnnnn-stop.

What is the coolest thing you've learned in 2018?
How to make an evening effect on a theater cyclorama using LED strip lights. Tip: you need more green than you would think! (Photo below)

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