Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2018
"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
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 erruption 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.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES & MCKINSEY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
PRAISE FOR NEW POWER
" 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." Richard Branson
"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
"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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In the age of social media, it sometimes feels like seemingly rock-solid ideas and beliefs can shift overnight. With easy-to-digest charts and a surprising mix of concrete examples, Australian political activist Jeremy Heimans and American philanthropist Henry Timms explore the tension between "old power" (control of the masses by a privileged few) versus "new power” (technology-driven populism). Case studies ranging from #BlackLivesMatter to Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign reveal how quickly and decisively social media can disrupt established power dynamics.