Exercising Self Civic Power

Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power

Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else.
- Source: TED

What Are Youth Rights?

Youth rights are the rights that everyone should have, but that are denied to some of us because of young age. These rights include the right to be full participants in our representative democracy through voting, the right to privacy, the right to be free from physical punishment, the right to make decisions about our own lives, the right to be outdoors, the right to prove ourselves, and the right to receive the same amount of respect as anyone else.
- Source: Youth Rights

Digital Civic Engagement

Many of today’s youth take to digital spaces to develop their civic identities and express political stances in creative ways, claiming agency that may not be afforded to them in traditional civic spaces. The key difference between civic engagement by youth today and older, more traditional forms of action is the availability of digital technology, which provides a low-barrier-to-entry canvas for young people.
- Source: Unicef

The Fourth Estate

Journalism has long been regarded as an important force in government, so vital to the functioning of a democracy that it has been portrayed as an integral component of democracy itself. Read more about how the power of the press has evolved and how it has been instrumental to the birth and growth of democracy, spreading facts and opinions and sparking revolution against tyranny.