New Power: A Key to Leadership in the 21st Century

Do want to understand how networks are changing business, culture, and politics? Do you want to unleash the power of crowd leadership?

Then you should read New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World — and How to Make It Work for You, the new book by our friends Jeremy Heimans (Purpose) and Henry Timms (92Y and #GivingTuesday).

New power is a way of harnessing the power of crowds. A diverse range of leaders from Lady Gaga to Pope Francis, from Black Lives Matter to the National Rifle Association (NRA), from GE’s Beth Comstock to T-Mobile’s John Legere have successfully deployed new power strategies.

New power leaders signal to the crowd, showing people that they are powerful and inviting them to participate. They know how to structure that participation, driving increased engagement and commitment over time. New power leaders also have the ability to shape the values and the agenda of the crowd in ways that go beyond the boundaries of their formal or institutional authority.

In the “New Power” book, Jeremy and Henry build on the ideas, arguments, and stories that they first introduced in their 2014 Harvard Business Review article and TED Talk.

 

 

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

Join Beth Comstock and “New Power” authors Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans on Facebook Live, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1 PM — 1:45 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). Post your questions on the Facebook event or submit them during the live feed. Beth, Henry & Jeremy will answer as many questions as possible.

 

Interview at CAPS 2015 Conference

Just released: My video interview at the CAPS 2015 conference in Brussels, July 2015. I was in Brussels working with our partners at Purpose and giving a workshop on “Building Networks for Good,” which included case studies of our work with Awesome Foundation​, Foossa, Wisdom Hackers​, UX for Good​, and more!

FOOSSA August 2015 Newsletter

News & Media

“We’re rogues giving to rogues. It’s misfit money for the weird and wonderful.” Lee-Sean recently talked to the New York Times about our work with the Awesome Foundation. We give out $1000 grants every month to awesome projects.

Learning Rwandan: Ten key words for understanding Rwanda today. Lee-Sean reflects on his recent trip back to Rwanda to continue working with UX for Good and the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

David Colby is doing research around “Financial Citizenship” and wealth-building in minority communities. Contact us to learn more and to get involved.

Upcoming Workshops

Join Lee-Sean for his movement workshop, Kinesthetic Conversations in Crowded Spaces, on Governor’s Island NYC this Saturday, August 8. The workshop is part of Sextant Works’ Summer Placemaking Lab and is free and open to the public. Update (8/12/2015): view documentation from the workshop here.

Lee-Sean will be offering his Be Social Change workshop onTransformative Storytelling again on August 24 and September 21 in New York City. Use coupon code Huang25 for 25% off. We also have a limited number of need-based full scholarships available. Please get in touch to learn more.

Building Networks for Good

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Lee-Sean Huang, cofounder & creative director of Foossa and trustee & treasurer of the Awesome Foundation NYC presenting a workshop on Building Networks for Good at the CAPS2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium on July 7th. The slide on the screen features the work of Sextant.Works, an Awesome Foundation grantee.

Inspiration

Clever Buildings Whose Architects Refused to Cut Down Local Trees

Awesome examples of Community-Centered Design, architecture in dialog with the wider ecosystem and community of species

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Spirit Animal

Cecil the Lion and the American Dentist

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Building Networks for Good

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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on Building Networks for Good at the CAPS2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The slide on the screen features the work of Sextant.Works, an Awesome Foundation grantee.

What happens when people come together to take collective action without needing traditional organisational and institutional structures? What tools and strategies do we need for these “Networks for Good” to thrive? In this workshop, designer, storyteller, and community-builder Lee-Sean Huang (Purpose) will explore these questions by drawing from his own experiences building international networks like UX for Good, The Awesome Foundation, and Wisdom Hackers.