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This webinar originally aired on September 29th, 2016

When working to achieve policy change, it's typically necessary to build a coalition of like minded fellow champions who can echo, and amplify your solution. Strategically speaking, it can often be wise to step outside of your typical peer comfort zone and seek out unlikely allies, typically from different ideological camps, who could see the benefit of your solutions, and help push your reform forward.

R Street Institute, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., has been particularly good at achieving major change while building a broad coalition base of unlikely allies. Two examples of this are the institute's work on revenue neutral pollution pricing and a market-based solution to flood insurance — two issues that could have alienated traditional environmental advocates, but instead harnessed their passion.

Cameron Smith, senior fellow and state programs director at R Street Institute, will present R Street Institute’s tried and tested techniques for building a broad coalition and leveraging unlikely sources to achieve policy reform success. Previously, Cameron was vice president and general counsel of the Alabama Policy Institute, where he managed policy, legal, and communications operations. He has had a number of posts in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Cameron is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Alabama School of Law. He is a member of the Tennessee and Alabama bars. He resides with his wife, Justine, and their three sons in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.