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New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World-and How to Make It Work for You Hardcover – April 3, 2018
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“This book will inform and inspire all those wanting to make change . . . and achieve a goal against all odds.”
—Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace
“The networked age has revolutionized the way the public engages with institutions and organizations. New Power is an essential and extremely insightful guide for anyone who wants to maximize the opportunities for progress and impact in today’s new tightly connected world.”
—Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Alliance and The Startup of You
“If you want to understand how the world is changing, what’s really happening and how we can all find our way, this book could not becoming at a better time.”
“A must-read, New Power is a gift to our movements. It’s not just about going viral—it’s about connecting millions of people to roll up our sleeves and create the changes we long for.”
—Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter
“This fascinating book will transform your understanding of how to gain power—and how to use it for good.”
—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
“A vital book. New Power can light a flame bright enough to outshine the glinting fangs and tiki torches.”
“If you do not understand new power, you will not fare well in the new networked world of the 21st century. It’s that simple.”
—Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America
“This is the cool, clear guide we all need to navigate the Trump era.”
—Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU
“A wonderfully incisive contribution that not only explains how the dynamics of power are changing, but also provides the tools—and the confidence—to harness those changes to build businesses, spread ideas, and make a better world.”
—Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever
“The nature and use of power is changing rapidly, distributing broadly in unexpected channels. New Power provides the practical tools to help us all understand this shift. But it also draws out the big battle of our times—whether all this new power will end up being used for good or bad.”
—Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
“Power is shifting as never before, so New Power is addressing a vital issue for our times: how to make the voices and choices of all, not just a few, count for something. Plaudits to Heimans and Timms for their determination to help shape the future, not just complain about it."
—David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee
“New Power is a tour de force by two of the great mobilizers of the first global generation."
—Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont and former Chair of the Democratic National Committee
“New Power is both a practical guide and a much needed dose of optimism, helping us understand that the future is ours for the making. A must-read for today’s leaders in any field.”
—Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
About the Author
JEREMY HEIMANS is a lifelong activist and the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, an organization that builds and supports social movements around the world.
HENRY TIMMS is president and CEO of the 92nd Street Y, a visiting fellow at Stanford, and co-founder of #GivingTuesday, an international day of philanthropy.
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It explains the things happening in the world around us - shifts in business models, movements, activism, - but it explains it with real world case studies, like the ice bucket challenge, Airbnb, #GivingTuesday, and not just in theory. Could not recommend this book more highly, I couldn't read it fast enough. I hope they put this book in the curriculum at colleges!
The authors both have immense success in building next generation communities and that experience shows. They provides actual frameworks and methods for leveraging New Power.
The book is well-written and fun to read. Would recommend for both entrepreneurs and established executives.
Over the eons this struggle of man against power has been the struggle of memory against forgetting. Right now for instance there is an ever widening inequality gap being exponentially exacerbated by digital technologies. This gap has been deceptively brought on by erasing the history of classical economics[memory]. The focus of classical economics was to free society from rent seeking & exploitive pricing being charged; not to praise these parasites, not to teach this heresy as dogma in economic textbooks. In fact the history of economic thought is rarely even taught today, it's being buried[forgotten] in Orwell's memory hole[J Is For Junk Economics: A Guide To Reality In An Age of Deception].
The authors of New Power join that information warfare literature that is a signature of 21st century fake news and new technologies being employed in that fight for minds & hearts. The authors give their readers many examples of this ongoing warfare between old power[private power] & new power[public power]. A great example is in the in-your-face American for-profit health system. The authors discuss PatientsLikeMe, an online community of over 500,000 people living with more than 2,700 diseases, each of whom shares their personal medical data and experiences with others on the platform, creating tens of millions of data points. Think of it as a massive support group, learning community, and data set, all rolled into one. Patients on the platform have worked together to crowd-source their own drug trials. such as when a group of ALS patients conducted a test of lithium as a treatment in a fraction of the time it would have taken the health authorities. The patients have discovered new power[public power].
The authors point out that even when old power[private power] uses social media, its default is not to engage, but to command. Whereas new power[public power] in social media moves not top-down, but sideways. This book is then about a different approach to the exercise of power in this new technological century; and a different mindset, which can be deployed even as particular tools and platforms go in & out of fashion.
The authors inform the reader how to read the tell tale signs of power and then their readers can ferret out those who are using the old power methods to benefit the few at the expense of the many; and those that are employing these new technologies in the public's interest[and justice for all].
A very informative and necessary book for those that want a better future for all.
So if you are motivated to move forward with your new idea, new product or new message, "New Power" is for you. Grab it today. You'll be more than happy you did.