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  • Educator Eric Liu
  • Director Sarah Saidan
  • Animator Amin Haghshenas
  • Composer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Sound Designer Weston Fonger
  • Narrator Eric Liu


Additional Resources for you to Explore
The educator of this lesson is Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University. Visit his website to find out more about him and the projects he's involved in.

Now, take a look at his TED Talk: Why ordinary people need to understand power. How important do you think it is that ordinary people and citizens understand that they too have power to make change? Is there something you would like to see changed? Think about taking the steps to implement this change.

You can also watch Liu's TED-Ed lesson, How to understand power, for further information on how power works and flows through every day life. Learn how he defines power and how it can be used to make a difference across the world. This article in the Atlantic also asks you: How Much Power Do You Have? Take the quiz and find out.  You can also visit this link and read all of Mr. Liu’s articles.

The TED Talk how to start a movement ioffers another idea about what you can do to make a difference. You never know where it may take you or who may follow.

Finally, what makes an effective leader? These TED Talks may give you some ideas from a wide variety of sources. Don’t have time to watch them all? Check out which five the Washington Post recommends: five TED talks on leadership worth watching.