Oct 31, 2017
Amy Chiou cultivates the
virtues of democracy. She has been a staff volunteer on dozens
of electoral campaigns at all levels of political
engagement. She is former deputy director of the convention
complex for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in
Philadelphia. She is the founder of #WTFwevote, a non-partisan
organization that seeks to 'increase the number of people who care
enough to take action' in the political process. Amy is also
executive director of Queen City Forward, a community of social
entrepreneurs, civic innovators and change-makers. QCF seeks
to tackle significant 'social challenges with innovation,
creativity, curiosity and optimism that defines
entrepreneurs.' Amy earned her undergraduate degree in
government at the University of Texas-Austin and a law degree at
The George Washington University Law School.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
politics and social entrepreneurism, and engaging the world with
curiosity and joy.
IN THIS EPISODE
explains how she thinks of herself in the work she
- She defines politics and what she sees as
the distinction between politics and governing.
- She talks about the best and worst parts of
politics in America today and what we might do about
- She shares why political discourse is so
difficult, what is critical about politics, and the
challenge facts and feelings present in our
- Amy offers her insight on why Donald Trump won and
Hillary Clinton lost in the 2016 election and a key
way elections are changing.
- She explains what Queen City Forward
is, the many hats we she wears as executive director,
and what company she would like to start.
- She reveals how being a child of an immigrant family and
growing up in Texas has shaped who she is
- She shares the values of her family and why she is
not a Republican.
- Amy talks about who she was when she was younger
and who she hoped to be one day.
- She discusses the privileges and challenges of
being an Asian American woman and the value and
limitations of identity politics.
- She answers what tough conversations we need to
have in politics.
- She shares the vision she has for
herself and whether she wants to run for office.
- Amy reveals the big question she is thinking about, what
most people don't know about her, and the campaign the
world needs right now.
After the conversation, host Mark Peres adds a personal word
that begins this way, "When Amy Chiou talks about the importance of
family, I'm drawn to ideas I heard expressed by Professor Owen
Flanagan about Mencius, a 4th century BC Chinese Confucian