Filmed September 2013 at TEDCity2.0

Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power

  1. How does Liu define civics? What three things does it include?

 

  1. What is his definition of power? Why doesn't he think we like talking about it?

 

  1. What does he mean when he says we are illiterate in power? Why is this dangerous?

 

  1. Consider the groups he identifies and how he describes each of their views of power; are you a millennial? a techie? from the left? from the right? naive or cynical? Explain.

 

  1. Why does Liu say that the city is the best arena for practicing power?

 

  1. What does Liu mean by "power literacy"?

 

  1. Is there a place in your city (town) where you can exercise power? Explain.