Citizen University TVLessons in civic power with host Eric Liu
About Citizen University TV
Citizen University TV offers an up-close look at lessons in civic power and engagement. Host Eric Liu delivers short lessons on the values, knowledge and skills of effective citizenship. He shares local examples of civic leadership in action and talks to people who are effecting change in their communities.
Eric Liu is founder of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Program on Citizenship and American Identity. He was a speechwriter and deputy domestic-policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is the author of A Chinaman's Chance, and co-author of The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot. For 11 years, Eric interviewed hundreds of Seattle's leaders for Seattle Voices on Seattle Channel. He is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.
The rules of power are often rigged in favor of monopolies and winner-take-all systems. Host Eric Liu explores ways citizens can overcome a system stacked against them. He calls this strategy "re-rigging the rules." But what if you're an ex-con? Does this strategy still work? For them, finding a job is a serious challenge. See how former convicts and support organizations are re-rigging the rules to provide a path to opportunity. Plus, Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute provides important context on widening income inequality, and how the rules can be re-rigged to benefit a larger cross section of citizens.