Harvey Weinstein was powerful, but the new power model took him out in the #MeToo tsunami, as co-authors Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms explain during this Talks at Google episode about their book, New Power. They cite Airbnb, which merged new and old power modes to overcome a pending California regulation by hiring lobbyists and deploying hosts as door-to-door advocates. New power is decentralized, but it requires some structural elements of the old power model to retain vigor. This fast-moving video conversation will enlighten leaders who are trying to unravel the dynamics of the new power paradigm.
The new power structure vanquished the old in the case of Harvey Weinstein.
One researcher reported that Academy Award winners over the years thanked Harvey Weinstein as many times as they thanked God. Weinstein controlled movies and careers. But he held old power, and the #MeToo movement washed him out using the full force of new power. Weinstein exploited power as a currency, while the #MeToo moment relies on “power as current.”
Addressing Talks at Google, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, the co-authors of New Power, explore their basic premise that power is changing and taking a new form. New power, which is less centrally controlled, is replacing old power, represented by Weinstein’s erstwhile control over Hollywood. The #MeToo movement took years to gain worldwide momentum and credibility. As it picked up speed, numerous new power leaders emerged across the globe.
Consider how Airbnb handled legislative issues in California...