Posts by Scott Stirrett

Scott Stirrett is co-founder and former president of DC Students Speak, a citywide organization that aims to get more students involved in civic affairs. Scott is a senior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, studying international politics with a concentration in foreign policy processes.

  • Short-term Washingtonians deserve a voice, too

    New residents of the District are sometimes discouraged from taking part in local politics. However, it’s in everyone’s interest for more people to get involved, even if they’re only here for a short time. I’ve had the pleasure of living in DC over the past four years as a student at Georgetown, and I enjoy being involved in the civic life of this great…  Keep reading…

  • How can DC foster an entrepreneurial District?

    Over the past 10 years DC has grown from being a virtual non-entity when it came to the tech sector to a vibrant center with almost 450 startups. Some firms such as Blackboard and LivingSocial have built national and international reputations. What has DC done to help this along, and what can and should it do to keep the momentum going? Last week, Smart Growth America hosted a panel…  Keep reading…

  • 9 college students running for ANC seats

    Something unprecedented is happening at the most grassroots level of DC’s democracy. For the first time ever, 9 college students are choosing to run for seats on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. These candidates represent part of a broader trend of enhanced student engagement in local affairs. Since DC Students Speak launched at Georgetown only 2 years ago, the organization…  Keep reading…

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