You're More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen

You're More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen

by Eric Liu


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610397070
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 694,202
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University ( and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including A Chinaman's Chance, The Gardens of Democracy and The Accidental Asian. Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for

Table of Contents

Prologue: Immokalee and Pottersville xi

Part I The Age of Citizen Power

Our Moment, Our Power, Our Plan 3

Part II How to Understand Power

Power Is a Gift 17

The Three Laws of Power 25

Legitimacy and the Power Structure 45

Part III How to Practice Power

Game, Story, Equation 67

Change the Game 77

Strategy 1 Adjust the Arena 77

Strategy 2 Re-Rig the Rules 90

Strategy 3 Attack Your Opponent's Plan 102

Change the Story 119

Strategy 4 Describe the Alternative 119

Strategy 5 Organize in Narratives 129

Strategy 6 Make Your Fight a Fable 139

Change the Equation 153

Strategy 7 Act Exponentially 153

Strategy 8 Act Reciprocally 163

Strategy 9 Perform Power 173

Part IV The Why of Power

The Three I's: Integrity, Inclusion, Interest 187

Epilogue: They/We 203

Acknowledgments 205

Further Reading 209

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