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Feeling powerless? Complacent? Read the speech Liz Coleman gave last month at the 2009 Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference.

For its 25th anniversary conference, TED challenged speakers to premiere "a thrilling discovery, a revolutionary idea, a powerful invention, a spectacular piece of art, or a first-time performance." Bill Gates talked about malaria and education. Al Gore gave an update on An Inconvenient Truth. Liz Coleman, president of Bennington College in Vermont, described her school's new-old approach to liberal arts education, closing with a challenge:

"There are two things you have: You have a mind and you have other people. Start with those and change the world."

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs