Author(s): Henry Timms; Jeremy Heimans
In this indispensable guide to navigating the 21st century, two visionary thinkers reveal the unexpected ways power is changing - and how 'new power' is reshaping politics, business and life. Why do some leap ahead while others fall behind in today's chaotic, connected age? In New Power, Australian Jeremy Heimans and Brit Henry Timms confront the biggest stories of our time - the rise of mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber; the out-of-nowhere victories or Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump; the unexpected emergence of movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo; and the eruption of darker forces such as ISIS. For most of human history, the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized and jealously guarded. This 'old power' was inaccessible to the vast majority of people. But widespread connectivity has made possible a different kind of power. 'New power' is made by the many rather than the few. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It works like a current, not a currency - and like water or electricity, it is most forceful when it surges. In a world increasingly shaped by new power, this revelatory book gives each of us a new way to understand the world and our role in it.
Australian JEREMY HEIMANS is a lifelong activist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, an organisation that builds and supports social movements around the world. In 2005, he co-founded the political organisation GetUp!, which now boasts more members than all of Australia's political parties combined. HENRY TIMMS is President and CEO of 92nd Street Y and co-founder of #GivingTuesday, an international day of philanthropy.