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Lessons in civic power with host Eric Liu

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Citizen University TV offers an up-close look at lessons in civic power and engagement.

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 You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen and 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 and a correspondent for 

Citizen University TV: Describe the Alternative
Citizen University TV: Describe the Alternative

How do you create new power in civic life? Host Eric Liu's three-part strategy: "Describe the Alternative." Start by asking provocative what-if questions; then describe a better way and make it possible to lead to a new normal. Liu delves into how to flip the narrative that justifies current structures of power and privilege and shift ideas once considered fringe to the mainstream agenda. The founder of the National Center for Restorative Justice explores alternative approaches to conflict. Then, learn about a Seattle architect's BLOCK Project, which aims to put tiny homes in Seattle backyards to help house the homeless.


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