New Power: How It's Changing the Course of the 21st Century - and Why You Need to Know

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Pan Macmillan, Apr 19, 2018 - Political Science - 336 pages

'A vital book. New Power can light a flame bright enough to outshine the glinting fangs and tiki torches' - Russell Brand

For most of human history the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized, and then jealously guarded. Under this 'Old Power' we lived in a world of rulers and subjects.

Now, we all sense that something has changed. From #MeToo to Harvey Weinstein; Corbyn to Trump; from YouTube sensations to darker phenomena such as the emergence of ISIS - in our new hyper-connected world, ideas and movements can spread and flourish with astonishing force and speed.

In New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms confront the biggest story of our age and trace how New Power is the key to understanding where we are and will prosper in the 21st Century.

Drawing on examples from business, politics, popular culture and social justice, as well as case studies of organisations like LEGO and TED, they explain the forces that are changing the course of our age.

In a world increasingly shaped by New Power, this book will show you how to shape your future.

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About the author (2018)

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. Under his leadership, the 144-year-old institution was named to Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies" list. He is the co-founder of #GivingTuesday, a global philanthropic movement that engages people in close to one hundred countries that has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for good causes. He is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford PACS Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a company specializing in building social movements around the world. In 2005, he co-founded GetUp!, an Australian political organization with more members than all of Australia's political parties combined, and he is a co-founder of the global campaigning organization Avaaz and the LGBT rights platform All Out. He is a recipient of the Ford Foundation's 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer. He has been named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business.

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