4 Nov 2014
We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans argues these businesses are vested in a "new power" model, which he explains as, “The deployment of mass participation and peer coordination to create change and shift outcomes. The distinguishing factors are “mass participation” and “peer co-ordination”. This is what makes "new power" structurally different from "old power".
Heimans asks, “When does that kind of ‘new power’ start to work in politics?” His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and power; watch and see if you agree.