Jeremy Heimans & Henry Timms

Authors of "New Power"

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Why do some leap ahead while others fall back in today’s chaotic, connected world? In New Power: How Power Works in our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You (Doubleday, April 2018) Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms reveal the new methods and mindsets that are propelling some leaders and organizations to extraordinary success. They confront the stories of our time–the rise of mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber; the out-of-nowhere victories of Obama and Trump; the unexpected emergence of movements like #MeToo–and reveal what’s really behind them: the rise of “new power.”

The concept of new power was introduced in Harvard Business Review as its “Big Idea” and this was followed by a popular TED talk by Jeremy Heimans, named one of the year’s best by TED editors. Since then, a global community of practitioners has sprung up around these ideas, with everyone from nurses to environmental activists to business leaders like Richard Branson to the French President using the framework to re-frame how they exercise power and encourage participation. CNN has named new power one of the “Top 10 ideas to change the world.”

In this dynamic new program, Timms and Heimans unveil the most essential skills to effectively navigate a “new power” world – where power is now flowing very differently and new forms of mass participation and mobilization are now possible. Through compelling case studies, and examples from their own work, they demonstrate how organizations who thrived in the “old power” world can transform to these new realities. Their work offers completely new insights into how leaders and organizations can spread ideas, build movements around their products or causes, develop new business models, reimagine their workplaces, and lead organizations to success in our radically altered world.

About Jeremy Heimans & Henry Timms

Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems. In 2005, he co-founded GetUp, an Australian political organization and internationally recognized social movement phenomenon that today has more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined. And in 2007, Jeremy was a co-founder of Avaaz, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with morethan 43 million members.

In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. He also serves as Chair of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation. In 2012, Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business. The World e-Government Forum has named him as one of the top ten people who is changing the world of politics and the internet, and The Guardian named him one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the US. And in 2015, Jeremy received the Performance Theatre’s Inspired Leadership Award, whose previous recipients have included Melinda Gates, Richard Branson, and Paul Polman. His work has been profiled in publications like The Economist and The New York Times, and his most recent thinking with Henry Timms on “new power” was featured as the Big Idea in Harvard Business Review, as one of 2014’s top TED talks with more than 1.25m views, and by CNN as one of ten top ideas to change the world in 2015.

As President and CEO of 92nd Street Y, Henry creates programs and movements that foster learning, civic responsibility, culture and innovation, both in New York City and around the world. Under his leadership, the 144 year-old institution was named to Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list. He is the 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. Henry’s work has been profiled in publications like the Harvard Business Review, and his most recent thinking with Jeremy Heimans on “new power” was featured as the Big Idea in HBR and by CNN as one of the ten top ideas to change the world in 2015. Henry is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford PACS Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In addition to being listed on The Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50 for the past three years, Henry was named the Nonprofit Times Influencer of the Year in 2014. Henry was also honored as one of Crain’s New York Business 40 under 40 and City & State’s 50 Most Influential People in Manhattan.

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