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How Power Works

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

I started reading New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World - and How to Make it Work for You by Jeremy Heimanns and Henry Timms. I have always had an interest in politics - housing policy, climate change and the environment and to a degree industrial relations. I donate to a number or charities and for a while I supported GetUp. When I made a donation I received a copy of this book.

The very first chapter states this:

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.

Distributed Democratic Power
Power has become radically more democratic in just the last few years, and will continue to do so. By Canva Text to Image

This inspiring quote is quite remarkably in parallel with Woo Myung's book Book of Wisdom, chapter 'The World's Economy and Politics':

There are many different countries in the world at present, but in the future they will all become one - the whole world will become one, which is completion. There will be no other nations, no racial discrimination, and no matter where one goes all people will be like brothers. As a result, world politics will also become complete.

This world where everyone are like brothers (and sisters - check out the 'A Feminine Era' chapter!) matches perfectly with peer-driven power. I am liking New Power already.

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Steven Trpenov
Steven Trpenov
Apr 12, 2023

Would be keen to hear about your big take aways from the book


David Clouston
David Clouston
Apr 05, 2023

Great one Chris 😄

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