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Four Peaks Salon | Eric Liu

Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM), University of Washington

Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM (PST)

Four Peaks Salon | Eric Liu

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Do We Need Another Space Needle?  Inspiring Leadership in the Pacific Northwest for the Next 50 Years

          Saturday, March 5, 2011   -   12:30-3:00 PM   -   Adobe Fremont Campus

In 1962, Seattle declared itself as a focal point of the Space Age, hosting the World Fair with the Space Needle as its landmark.  As we approach Seattle Center's 50th birthday, our region faces a new set of priorities -- and challenges.  In today's economy, it's less a question of physical infrastructure, and more one of social and intellectual capital that feed our region's creative energy.  What role does community-building and leadership play in harnessing this energy?  What do we need to do better to ensure that we don't get left behind?

Eric Liu is the founder of the Guiding Lights Network, as well as Bill Clinton's former speechwriter.  He'll chat with Media Space host Hanson Hosein live, on-camera about his groundbreaking efforts to spark civic engagement and social change, with a unique focus on citizenship, mentorship and technology (   Eric will also speak specifically to his provocative TEDx Rainier talk on whether we have a "special civic sauce" here.

The Media Space TV show will be immediately followed by a broader, salon conversation on regional intellectual capital and leadership moderated by Kraig Baker.  And whether it is crowdsourced decision-making, the arrival of the Millennial Generation as customers and colleagues, or the wider reach of personal narrative in the age of new media, the challenges and opportunities that leaders face are evolving as quickly as the technology itself.  Eric talks about "Getting your Citizenship On." He posits 3 claims that need to be in place "If you want to get better at making things better —you are not alone":


  • There's no such thing as a self-made person
  • We're all better off when we're all better off
  • Society becomes how you behave
We'll convene leaders from the technology, entrepreneurial, venture capital and academic worlds to discuss these claims and what we need to accomplish in our own region.


Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race." He is also the author of Guiding Lights: How to Mentor – and Find Life’s Purpose, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month, and is founder of the Guiding Lights Network, a mentoring advocacy organization.


Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. In 2002 he was named one of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders of Tomorrow, and in 2010 he was awarded the Bill Grace Leadership Legacy Award by the Center for Ethical Leadership.


Eric lives in Seattle, where he teaches civics at the University of Washington and hosts an acclaimed television interview program called Seattle Voices. A member of the National Leadership Council of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, he is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, and a proud Seattle Public Schools parent.


 ** This event will webcast LIVE from 1:00 - 3:00pm on UWTV Media Space:


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Adobe Fremont Campus
801 North 34th Street
Seattle, WA

Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM (PST)

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Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM), University of Washington

Four Peaks seeks to address an urgent need in our region: how to connect idea generators with technology innovators in a way that establishes the Pacific Northwest as a living, breathing communications and media laboratory for the 21st century to the benefit of its citizens, and the world.

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