My name is Sahar, and this is a place to find out more about about me and what I’m proud of.
Here’s the short version:
I want to live in a world we are decent to each other. For a long time, I thought the best way to accomplish this was to build the power of the international progressive movement. During undergrad, I tried to build a strong activist culture on the Brandeis University campus, and during my summers I dived into the national scene. Concurrent to and after getting my Masters, I built a startup to boost organizing. For over a year or so, I worked on Wikipedia for my job and focused on helping strong community groups thrive after hours. Most recently, I spent a short stint at SumOfUs helping strengthen the partnership program and international corporate campaigns.
Now, however, I’m not so sure. Maybe cultural interventions are the best way to make change. Or social enterprise. Or staying resolutely local.
People are often surprised when I tell them that I study Computer Science. In truth, I’ve been tinkering with computers far before I started organizing. Here’s why: Code is like magic. Have you seen the sorcerer’s apprentice sketch in the original Fantasia? You say the right magic words in the right order, and then amazing things are built in front of your very eyes. Try messing with arcane commands beyond your control, and suddenly mindless brooms are throwing buckets of water on your CPU.
The world is being built on a foundation of information technology, and those who understand it are the closest thing there is to ninjas.
Over the last six years, my goal has been to be the strongest, most skilled leader and organizer I can be, with the side goal to beef up my tech skills.
I’m still into that. But right now, I’m focusing on my personal journey — figuring out what I want from life, what the best way to do good actually looks like, and what sort of career I want to end up having: tech, data, organizing, campaigning, other, or some sort of mix.
- Build power for the Good Guys ™.
- Be part of a rich, supportive community.
- Live the life of the mind.