Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%
[EPISODE] New Power
Tony welcomes his guest Henry Timms to the broadcast and the two start off by talking about Giving Tuesday. Henry talks about how movements can build and create New Power. He talks about the “power of the crowd” and that a lot of movements (good and bad) are built around intensity. In the age of social media, especially, there is the opportunity for extremist groups to attract followers.
Tony brings up “me too” and the clashing of old power and new power. They use the example of Harvey Weinstein and how he had an extreme amount of power in the media. Henry talks about what “me too” does to tear someone like this apart. Henry talks about the power of social media and how important it is to not only consume culture but to create it. And with social media, people can essentially do that, wherever, whenever. Henry uses the example of the ice bucket challenge. They talk about the importance of people feeling like their voices are heard because it is a thing that becomes democratized. Henry uses the example of Facebook and how it rules our lives.
Henry comes back in and begins to talk about his book New Power. He talks about putting the book out there in the world and the response it had to the public. Henry says that, that is the most exciting and important part of writing a book– seeing how people make their own representation of your words. Tony brings this back to non-profits and Henry talks about the importance of adopting and hearing good ideas. Henry talks about the 92nd Street Y and the founding of Giving Tuesday. Henry and Tony talk about the difference between Old Power leadership skills and New Power leadership skills.