TEDCivic Power Curriculum, A Framework
eric liuCitizen Who 
A one-man show written and produced as part of a fellowship at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University, in partnership with Zócalo Public Square. 

gardensThe Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government With Nick Hanauer

This book, a sequel to our 2008 pamphlet The True Patriot, lays out a new way of understanding citizenship, the economy, and the role of government -- an approach that defies left-right divides, and that happens to speak to this current moment of extraordinary political turbulence. Since the Founding, the machine has been the dominant metaphor of civic and economic life in America. We contend in our book that we need to switch from Machinebrain to Gardenbrain. Doing so will change how we think about self-interest and self-government -- and perhaps offer a way for our dysfunctional politics to evolve.

Imagination First 

With Scott Noppe-Brandon
Unlocking the Power of Possibility

The best corporations know that innovative thinking is the only competitive  advantage that cannot be outsourced. The best schools are those that create cultures of imagination. No wonder then that the decisions that compromise our economy, and even our national security, are often blamed on the "failure of imagination." This book introduces us to a wide variety of individuals who have learned how to make a habit of imaginative thinking and creative action. It offers a set of universal practices that anyone can use to transform their life at work, home, and play. These 28.5 (yes, thats 28 and a half) practices, with titles like Mix Your Metaphors, Think Inside the Box, and Routinize Randomness, will enable anyone to become more imaginative and to teach others to do so as well—from corporate executive to educator to platoon sergeant.

The True Patriot With Nick Hanauer

It’s been hijacked by the right and abandoned by the left, but the principles of true patriotism — country above self, responsible stewardship, equality, shared sacrifice and service — are inherently progressive. The True Patriot challenges progressives to retake patriotism. Written in the pamphleteering style of Thomas Paine, it presents a manifesto, ten-principal plan, and moral code that reframe the concept of patriotism and return politics to what it once was: a civic virtue and responsibility that fueled the country’s founders.

Guiding Lights
How to Mentor and Find Life's Purpose

We all need people to help us find the way. In this stirring new book, acclaimed author and educator Eric Liu takes us on a quest for those guiding lights. He shares invaluable lessons from people whose “classrooms” are boardrooms, arenas, concert halls, theaters, kitchens, and places of worship–and in the process, he reveals a surprising path to purpose.

The Accidental Asian  
Notes of a Native Speaker

In these compellingly candid essays, Liu reflects on his life as a second-generation Chinese American and reveals the shifting frames of ethnic identity. Finding himself unable to read a Chinese memorial book about his father's life, he looks critically at the cost of his own assimilation. But he casts an equally questioning eye on the effort to sustain vast racial categories like “Asian American.” And as he surveys the rising anxiety about China's influence, Liu illuminates the space that Asians have always occupied in the American imagination. Reminiscent of the work of James Baldwin and its unwavering honesty, The Accidental Asian introduces a powerful and elegant voice into the discussion of what it means to be an American.

Young American Writers on the New Generation

For the first time, America's much-discussed but little-understood "twenty-somethings" reveal their true face--their dreams, their fears, their anger, their faith, their wit--in this lively and intelligent anthology of sixteen personal essays by American writers aged 24 to 32.