Be fluent in power, and the various ways we can use it for our collective benefit.
To citizen is to understand power and its various forms. We often hear a story about “powerful people” and “powerless people.” In a democracy (people power), there is no such distinction. We all have power and we owe it to ourselves to understand how it works and how to use it to create change that benefits the collective. Our power extends far beyond our ability to delegate that power through the act of voting. We have the power to spread ideas, to spend money, to gather in groups, and to withhold or give our attention to something. Every decision we make can be powerful and usually has an impact on others around us. To cite Eric Liu of Citizen University, power is simply the ability to have others do what we want. It is not inherently good or bad. To citizen is to use power responsibly to help improve the lives of the many versus a few.