Power and making change happen

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Jeremy Heimans compares what he calls “new power” with “old power”. New power examples such as Airbnb, Kickstarter, LinkedIn and the Obama (USA) Presidency campaign, involve the deployment of mass participation and peer coordination, value transparency and networked governance and work like an electric current. Old power examples like Apple, the Nobel Prize and The Economist, are leader-driven, closed and command orientated and are held like a currency by a few. Heimans reminds us that new power is not inherently positive or necessarily successful and ends with the challenge of how to harness new power for what might be called “major public goods problems”.

Reference: “What new power looks like” presented by Jeremy Heimans was a talk at the TEDSalon Berlin, Germany in 2014. Video (15 minutes) online at either:

  1. TED.com: https://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_heimans_what_new_power_looks_like, or
  2. YouTube: https://youtu.be/j-S03JfgHEA

Posted: March 2015
Last updated: February 2016