Why do some leap ahead while others fall behind in our chaotic, connected age?
Henry Timms, the new CEO of Lincoln Center and co-author of New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World–and How to Make It Work for You, joins us to explain.
From the rise of mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber to the unexpected emergence of movements like #MeToo, the book touches on a variety of examples and reveals what’s really behind them: the rise of “new power.”
For most of human history, the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized and then jealously guarded. This “old power” was out of reach for the vast majority of people.
But our ubiquitous connectivity makes possible a different kind of power. “New power” is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. The battle between old and new power is determining who governs us, how we work, and even how we think and feel.
New Power shines fresh light on the cultural phenomena of our day, from #BlackLivesMatter to the Ice Bucket Challenge to Airbnb, uncovering the new power forces that made them huge.
In an era increasingly shaped by new power, this book offers us a new way to understand the world, and our role in it.