Prior to launching his campaign for MSU Trustee, Matt worked with peers in Detroit to develop a movement – Declare Detroit – to change the political discourse and trajectory in the city.
Check out BMW Foundation’s November interview with Matt here, and see below for some highlights.
Matt Clayson on the need for political accountability:
“Our politicians resorted to intellectually lazy messages and platitudes, such as ‘safe streets,’ ‘jobs for everyone,’ ‘good schools.’ The messages were not supported by any sort of vision or goals. As a result, we did not have high expectations for our elected officials and did not hold them accountable.
Matt Clayson on mobilizing digital audiences:
“We hoped to get 100 or maybe 200 signatures. By the end of the day 16,000 people had signed the declaration.”
Matt Clayson on empowering the next generation of political leadership.
“Today, we can see the outcome: a new cohort of city counsellors and state representatives who are accountable to their constituents, to each other, and to good policy.”