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David Brooks, New York Times Columnist

"The New Power Structure"

"The New Power Structure"

We have seen an explosion of new social organisms that don’t look like the old ones: Airbnb, Etsy, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, Blockchain.

If power in the Greatest Generation looked like Organization Men running big institutions, and power for the boomers looked like mass movements organized by charismatic leaders like Steve Jobs and Barack Obama, power these days looks like decentralized networks in which everyone is a leader and there’s no dominating idol.

Power structures are in serious flux. The best window I’ve seen into this new world is a book called “New Power,” by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.

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Financial Times

"Business Books of the Month: April Edition"

"Business Books of the Month: April Edition"

Self-organising movements, from #BlackLivesMatter and Occupy to #MeToo and #NeverAgain, are hard to analyse. By definition, they tend to start from the grass roots and grow without obvious structure until they either attain a more formal structure or disintegrate.

The authors have first-hand experience of the workings of “new power” — which is informal, collaborative, open and participatory. Jeremy Heimans is co-founder of Purpose, which helps oil the wheels of social movements, and Henry Timms, executive director of the 92nd Street Y, the venerable New York cultural hub, helped launch the #GivingTuesday campaign.

One of their insights is that new power values and old power values are not synonymous with “good” and “bad” values, and most organisations and leaders are likely to blend the two. Isis has used new power tools such as social media to recruit. Barack Obama campaigned with a new power model and values, but adopted the more rigid and formal model of an old power leader. As the authors point out: “In a world of old and new power colliding, competing, and converging, everyone is on the move.”

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800-CEO-READS

"Business Books to Watch in April"

"Business Books to Watch in April"

The definitive guide to spreading ideas, building movements, and leaping ahead in our chaotic, connected age. Get the book New York Times columnist David Brooks calls “the best window I’ve seen into this new world.”

For most of human history, the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized and then jealously guarded. This “old power” was out of reach for the vast majority of people. But our ubiquitous connectivity makes possible a different kind of power. “New power” is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It works like a current, not a currency—and it is most forceful when it surges. The battle between old and new power is determining who governs us, how we work, and even how we think and feel.

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1A Interview, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

"The ‘New Power’ Generation: A Manifesto For A More Humane World"

"The ‘New Power’ Generation: A Manifesto For A More Humane World"

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

Heimans and Timms join us to explain how it applies to modern movements, from MeToo to the youth-led call for gun legislation after the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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CEO Magazine, Oliver Featherston

"For your reading list: We review 3 intriguing business books"

"For your reading list: We review 3 intriguing business books"

We live in an increasingly connected, globalised world. Movements like #MeToo or the alt-right, corporations like Facebook or Uber – the explosion of these ideas demonstrate the changing nature of power.

No longer static, power is now chaotic and mutable, and ordinary citizens may find themselves in power one day, and then lose it the next.

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Eric Ries, The Lean Startup

"New Power: An Interview with Henry Timms"

"New Power: An Interview with Henry Timms"

Heimans and Timms spent three years talking to practitioners, academics and researchers on the cutting edge of what they call new power, which flows from what they think of as the essential skill of the 21st century: the ability to harness the energy of the connected crowd.

Their research and conversations took place all around the world and included everyone from the heads of intelligence agencies in Washington to frontline health workers in the Netherlands. They write about the battle and balance between old power to new power, and show how they’re fueling the defining transformation of our times. But like all fast-moving trends, sometimes it’s hard to see it clearly when we’re right in the middle of it, which makes New Power just that much more important. It’s a guide to spreading ideas, launching movements, raising money and much more.

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Fortune Commentary, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans

"#DeleteFacebook Is Just the Beginning. Here’s the Movement We Could See Next"

"#DeleteFacebook Is Just the Beginning. Here’s the Movement We Could See Next"

A few years ago, you may remember seeing Facebook (FB, +0.91%) posts like this dotting your newsfeed.

The posts were based on an urban myth. The Rome Statute in fact covers crimes against humanity, not Facebook’s relationship with its users. But the popularity of such posts remind us that the #DeleteFacebook movement we have seen in recent days has much deeper roots.

Continue reading to see more of the Fortune adaption from Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans book New Power.

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Beth Kanter, Master Trainer, Speaker, and Author

"The Nonprofit Book We’ve Been Waiting Four Years To Read Is Finally Here"

"The Nonprofit Book We’ve Been Waiting Four Years To Read Is Finally Here"

New power is not just a passing trend, it matters for civil society.

Connectivity and platforms like Facebook can bring us closer together and inspire amazing work or they can be weaponized to drive us further apart as we’ve been witnessing over the past 18 months.

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Jeremy Heimans: To truly defeat the NRA, we have to learn from them

by Anthony Smith

by Anthony Smith

Jeremy Heimans believes he’s figured out the secret to the National Rifle Association’s power — and it isn’t necessarily what you think.

“The NRA has systematically sought to project this image of its own might, even though it’s actually one of the less effective spenders in U.S. elections in terms of outcomes,” Heimans, the CEO and co-founder of Purpose, told Mic. “It often takes credit for races that either the pro-gun supporting candidate was going to win anyway, or where it invested less than $100 in the outcome of the race.”

In his book New Power, Heimans and co-author Henry Timms offer readers a new framework to understand what makes institutions like the NRA so effective at achieving their intended goals.

“We all want to be more powerful, and we all want to make change and impact in the world,” Heimans said. “Today we have a choice about what kind of power we choose to exercise: old power and new power.”

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Ellen McGirt, Fortune

"raceAhead: Finding New Power At Work"

"raceAhead: Finding New Power At Work"

If the world seems increasingly wild and unfamiliar, you’re not alone. Hashtags, hate speech, and social movements ignite without warning, companies (like Uber) and candidates (like Obama and Trump) ascend from nowhere, and every day we are confronted with more evidence that technology is enabling both the best and worst human impulses…

Rather than parrot the now familiar tech-topia talking points of “democratization” and prosperity through connectivity, the authors offer both context and practical advice that one can use to succeed in a tech-enabled world that’s profoundly imperfect but ever-present.

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Tom Fletcher, former UK ambassador

There are fewer wars when you take power away from men in big castles

There are fewer wars when you take power away from men in big castles

Those who have power want to be told they have it and how to keep it. Those that don’t have power want someone to envy. As a result, the audience for books on power is seemingly endless.

So I was initially cautious about another one released this week – but New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms turns out to be a nifty guide to the 21st century that is genuinely new. Instead of one more catchy way of describing how the world works, they have written a manifesto for organising that world with more humanity and purpose.

Ultimately you’ll either hate it or wish you had written it, depending on whether you believe in old or new power.

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Sharon Avery, President & CEO, Toronto Foundation

Review of New Power: An Important Read

Review of New Power: An Important Read

Knowing this book was coming out, and having the opportunity to read an early version, I found myself wondering just how many re-writes Henry and Jeremy had to do before publishing. As movements like #metoo and the Florida gun crisis unfolded – the relevance of their topic has been reinforced over and over in the last few months.

This book is chock-full of dynamic case studies, and could not come at better time for this disrupted world. As a leader in the not-for-profit sector, I value this as a manual for navigating the baton pass of power from the few to the many; may we all learn something of the good that can come, and avoid more of the bad. Thank you Henry and Jeremy for sharing your wisdom with the world. An important read.

Putting ‘New Power’ to Work in Philanthropy

By Phil Buchanan, President, CEP

By Phil Buchanan, President, CEP

A rich and deeply researched new book expertly delineates the fundamental shift in how people get things done in a hyperconnected world, offering lessons every foundation and nonprofit leader should heed.

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Slate’s Gist

On Monday’s Gist, we’re counting Pulitzers and powering up.

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms sort power into two categories: old and new. Old power is like Congress: top-down, official. New power is like Facebook: decentralized, crowd-sourced. What is the best way to meld both kinds of influence to improve our lives? Heimans and Timms have the beginnings of an answer. They’re the authors of New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You.
In the Spiel, James Comey does seem ego-driven. That’s not always a bad thing.

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Jay Geneske, A Hundred Years

“Sparking a Movement Inside and Outside Your Organization”

“Sparking a Movement Inside and Outside Your Organization”

“Sparking a Movement Inside and Outside Your Organization”

In today’s hyper-connected, globalized world, where new social-political reckonings catch fire overnight, the stakes have never been greater for brands to mobilize their audiences—inside and outside their four walls—to take a stand together.

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Quiet Revolution

"New Power" Quiet Revolution sat down with authors, Jeremy and Henry to get to...

"New Power" Quiet Revolution sat down with authors, Jeremy and Henry to get to...

“New Power” Quiet Revolution sat down with authors, Jeremy and Henry to get to the bottom of questions about how power plays out in introverts and extroverts alike.

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Vinay Nair, CEO and co-founder, Lightful

A World Without Social Media: Would That Be A Force For Good?

A World Without Social Media: Would That Be A Force For Good?

When Mark Zuckerberg and his friends set up Facebook in their Harvard dormitory rooms in 2004, little did they anticipate growing a social network bigger than any country on the planet, with more than 2.1 billion monthly active users. What was surely even further from their minds, was that it would also lead to Zuckerberg being summoned to the U.S. Congress 14 years on, to face questioning over Cambridge Analytica harvesting data from up to 87 million Facebook users.

After the Observer broke the Cambridge Analytica news, #DeleteFacebook started trending on Twitter amid concerns over people’s personal data being abused by third parties. Combined with a constant exposure to fake news, growing evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential elections and the UK Brexit referendum, is it any wonder people are questioning if social media should cease to exist altogether?

Power is shifting back into the hands of the people. There has been a revival in grassroots civic engagement, with social media giving both a voice to those silenced, and a means to galvanise. Social media is now one of the main tools for raising awareness on important issues and pushing for reform, a topic also discussed in the new book, New Power by Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans.

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Hidden Forces Podcast

Interview with Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans

Interview with Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans

In this week’s episode of Hidden Forces, Demetri speaks with Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, the authors of the book “New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World and How to Make It Work for You.” Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, an organization specializing in building social movements around the world. He has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and chaired the World Economic Forum’s global council on civic participation, among other notable accomplishments. Henry Timms, is president and CEO of 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center that creates programs and movements that foster learning and civic engagement. He is also the co-founder of #GivingTuesday, a global philanthropic movement that engages people in close to 100 countries and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for good causes.

The subject of power is something that we have covered tangentially on Hidden Forces. Demetri examined it most explicitly in Episode 28, “Industrial Society and its Future: Machine Intelligence, Encryption, and the Will to Power.” There is no question that the poles of power are shifting, but when have they not been shifting? Power is, to quote Friedrich Nietzsche, “a sea of forces flowing and rushing together, eternally changing.” In this sense, we are seeing the manifestation of these forces as the participatory energy of the crowd. Crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, and crowd hiring are all replacing their analog equivalents. Campaigns increasingly rely on the capacity of their supporters to spontaneously organize, act, and then dissolve back into the voluminous crowd. Terrorist organizations rely on crowdsourcing new recruits from inside countries that they cannot otherwise travel to or access. The principles of new power to transform industry can be seen, most clearly perhaps, in the growth of cryptocurrencies and ICO’s.

So, if we accept that the world is changing and that the dynamics of power are changing with it, what then? How is this battle between old and new power determining who governs us, how we work, and even how we think and feel? How can understanding new power dynamics help us reshape the world around us in a positive way? What can the distribution of power in the 21st century tell us about how the future is going to unfold? Is our ability to mobilize the mass of humanity in previously unimaginable ways a net positive development for the aims of egalitarianism and progress?

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New Power: A story of broad engagement and change in a large healthcare organization

By Marlies van Dijk and Lynette Lutes, Alberta Health Services

By Marlies van Dijk and Lynette Lutes, Alberta Health Services

We had a problem.

One of our organizational key strategies was having trouble getting traction. After two years of broad public consultation and the anointing of a steering committee there was still very little action beyond engagement and planning.

Although the Patient First strategy is one of four pillar strategies within Alberta Health Services (AHS), and even though it was central to health services becoming more patient and family centred, many staff and leaders expressed confusion about what Patient First was, and what it meant. Direction and planning was done by a select few people across the organization.

It was clear something had to happen. Success depended on broad engagement from staff and patients to help make services better.

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Advance, Australia

"Jeremy Heimas: The Up-start"

"Jeremy Heimas: The Up-start"

Meet Jeremy Heimans, co-founder and CEO of Purpose, 2012 Advance Award winner and co-author of the book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World- and How to Make It Work for You.

Jeremy’s work has literally mobilised millions of citizens and consumers to help solve major global problems. He is the true definition of a global Australian achieving incredible things!

The release of his new book New Power is the talk of the town. It lays out the most important skill of the 21st Century: the ability to harness the energy of the connected crowd (for better and worse).

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Alice Korngold, Korngold Consulting

“Boards of Directors: Will Old Power Give Way to New Power?”

“Boards of Directors: Will Old Power Give Way to New Power?”

“Boards of Directors: Will Old Power Give Way to New Power?”

This piece examines one of the most traditional bastions of old power: the Board of Directors and questions how its role could evolve in a new power world.

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Virgin Unite

A new way to be powerful in a world that feels out of control

A new way to be powerful in a world that feels out of control

How do we make sense of our chaotic, hyper-connected world?

From the out-of-nowhere victory of Donald Trump, to the insurgency of movements like #MeToo, to the growing power of platforms like Facebook to tweak our daily thoughts, feelings and habits.

Of course technology is changing, but we are also changing. To really understand what’s happening around us, we need to reckon not with changes in technology, but shifts in power.

Ours is a world increasingly defined by the battle and balance between two forces. We call them old power and new power. We explain the new power world in our book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make it Work for You.

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What a group of Dutch nurses can teach Silicon Valley about the future of work

By Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

By Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

If you wanted to learn something about the future of the workplace, you probably wouldn’t begin your quest by heading to the Netherlands and inquiring about the state of nursing.

But Buurtzorg — a decentralized network of nurses who engage with their communities on their own terms — has shaken up the profession. Its story is a master class in how to scale that “founder feeling” and create a workplace built on new power principles.

Buurtzorg began in 2006 with a vision of what nurses would not do. They would not be drowned in paperwork. They would not let strict procedure trump healthy culture. They would not be governed by out-of-touch paper-pushers at HQ.

Instead, they wanted to do the work that inspired them in the first place: caring for patients. They would connect with their community and make the decisions that matter themselves. They would decide when and how to visit people in their homes, dealing with everything from changing bandages to making end-of-life plans. They would be in charge of their own world.

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Review: New Power and the Dynamics of Digital Change

By Micah Sifry, co-founder and executive director, Civic Hall

By Micah Sifry, co-founder and executive director, Civic Hall

If you are looking for a fresh and comprehensive analysis of how the Digital Age is transforming the civic arena, get yourself a copy of New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms’ new book, which is being released today. It’s based on their 2014 article in the Harvard Business Review, which made a simple and compelling case for the rise of new power.

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Important new book : New Power

By Prof. Jaap van Till, The Connectivist

By Prof. Jaap van Till, The Connectivist

At last there is “New Power”, a book that describes how to bottom-up WEAVE Online Communities into swarms of Positive Participating People.

Cases are analysed in which people interconnect, participate, cooperate and contribute meaning that can be synthesised, so it creates value by synergy to all participants.

This can scale up into a type of society I call  “The #Synthecracy”.

Its Message is in the Connections with Others.

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New Power’ authors explain why movements succeed in today’s world

Interview on Fox Business Network’s “Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street”

Interview on Fox Business Network’s “Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street”

“New Power” authors Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms discuss how people can obtain power in the 21st century.

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TYT Interviews

Cenk interviews  authors of “New Power” Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.

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Your Data

By Micah Sifry, co-founder and executive director, Civic Hall

By Micah Sifry, co-founder and executive director, Civic Hall

How to target a specific individual on Facebook; Zuckerberg’s Messenger archives quietly deleted; and more.

 

Life in Facebookistan: Speaking to Vox’s Ezra Klein a few days ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pointed to the company’s detection and blocking of malicious messages flowing through Messenger from inside Myanmar, inciting Muslims and Buddhists to arm themselves and go fight each other, as an example of how it is taking seriously its role in that country’s civil strife. A group of civil society organizations led by Phandeeyar has released an open letter responding to this claim.

This is civic tech: In other news, New York Times’ columnist David Brooks read Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms’ new book New Power and sees in it evidence that “people are ingenious” and they are figuring out how to “redeem the broader social fabric” building on local ties of trust.

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The Overview

How do we make sense of a world where the unexpected keeps happening?

From the rise of Barack Obama or Donald Trump, from the movements like #MeToo to the mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber, what’s driving all these phenomena is the rise of new power.New power is the essential skill of the 21st century: the ability to harness the energy of the connected crowd and get the outcomes that you seek.

Whoever mobilizes is going to win, and if you end up understanding new power, you can end up on top. Welcome to the new power world.

How do we make sense of a world where the unexpected keeps happening?

How do we make sense of a world where the unexpected keeps happening?

From the rise of Barack Obama or Donald Trump, from the movements like #MeToo to the mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber, what’s driving all these phenomena is the rise of new power.New power is the essential skill of the 21st century: the ability to harness the energy of the connected crowd and get the outcomes that you seek.

Whoever mobilizes is going to win, and if you end up understanding new power, you can end up on top. Welcome to the new power world.

How Ideas Spread

There are three design principles key to making an idea spread in a new power world. Ideas that take off are actionable, connected, extensible (ACE).

There are three design principles key to making an idea spread in a new power world. Ideas that take off are actionable, connected, extensible (ACE).

New Power Compass

A way to understand the interplay between old or new power models and old or new power values.

The horizontal axis tracks the values of an organization: whether it exhibits new or old power values. The vertical looks at its model: whether it is a new power model designed and structured to encourage mass participation and peer coordination or an old power model that asks us to do little more than comply or consume.

A way to understand the interplay between old or new power models and old or new power values.

The horizontal axis tracks the values of an organization: whether it exhibits new or old power values. The vertical looks at its model: whether it is a new power model designed and structured to encourage mass participation and peer coordination or an old power model that asks us to do little more than comply or consume.

Old vs. New Power Copy

There are two big forces at play in our world today: old and new power. New power is made by many, it is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It operates like a current and, like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is to channel it.

There are two big forces at play in our world today: old and new power. New power is made by many, it is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It operates like a current and, like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is to channel it.

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New Power shines fresh light on the largest phenomena of our day: from #BlackLivesMatter to Airbnb to the election of President Trump, these ideas unpack the new power forces that make them huge.

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