Working with small municipal governments doesn’t have to suck. In fact, according to Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, between the open data movement and a new generation of government workers, making your community better has never been easier. Code for America works with 26 fellows (applications end July 29), who take a year off to build applications for local governments. But you don’t have to be an official fellow to make a change. In this video, Pahlka explains how you can start working with local governments (spoiler: Just call city hall, SRSLY!) and what types of projects work best.