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Creating Change Through Seeing the Power in Others: In Conversation with Matthew Barzun

17 May 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Matthew Barzun headshot

The UCL Department of Political Science, in conjunction with UCL Alumni Relations and the UCL Centre on US Politics, invites you to join a unique conversation with Matthew Barzun (UCL Honorary Fellow 2018), Former United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students | UCL alumni






Abi Turner

Drawing upon his wide-ranging career in tech, politics and diplomacy, Barzun will share his key lessons for future leaders, and particularly his theory of “The Power of Giving Away Power” that is the basis of his soon-to-be released book. Envisioning the potential of distribution of power as the source of innovation and creativity, Barzun provides leaders of tomorrow with a roadmap to meaningful change in companies, communities, and politics.

Moderator: Dr Thomas Gift, Director of the UCL Centre on US Politics (CUSP)

This event is part of the UCL Department of Political Science's Careers Week 2021 #InspiringPolitics. Find out about the week and explore more events here.

About the Speaker

Matthew Barzun (UCL Honorary Fellow 2018)

Matthew has always been fascinated by how we can stand out and fit in at the same time. He helped countries do both when he served as US ambassador to the United Kingdom and to Sweden. He helped citizens do both as national finance chair for Barack Obama by pioneering new ways for people to have a stronger voice in politics. And he helped tech consumers do both as an entrepreneur when he joined a team of three to start up CNET Networks in the early 1990s. Barzun was raised on the East Coast, started his career on the West Coast, and settled in the middle in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Brooke, and their three children.