I’ll be honest, until recently, a quick glance online at the leading news stories of the day was as much reading as I managed to get done. Sound familiar? Finding the time to take a few hours out and read a good book is something most of us aspire to, but rarely achieve.
During my recent book tour for WEconomy – when my world very quickly became fixated on all things books – I was recommended many interesting titles, tackling topics as diverse as parenthood, the growth of movements and harnessing that power through to radical ways of approaching your people-focused policies as a business.
Having recently become an author myself (eek!) I was eager to meet the faces behind the author by-lines and to hear first-hand the motivation behind their books, their life experiences and of course more about the subject matter itself. It also gave me the perfect excuse to get down to some serious reading!
It’s with great pleasure that today I’m launching my 'Meet the Author' series. Every four weeks over the next few months, I’ll be introducing you to some of the most inspiring, forward thinking and innovative business/social impact authors writing today. I hope that these incredible thinkers, by explaining in person the vision behind their books, will inspire you as much as they have inspired me.
To kick off the series I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful Jeremy Heimans, who in the last couple of weeks, with his co-author Henry Timms, published: ‘New Power: How it’s changing the 21st century – and why you need to know'.
It’s a fascinating, and at times frightening (you’ll understand what I mean by that when you read it), but ultimately inspiring and enlightening book that – to quote the authors – examines “the defining issue of our time: how the nature of power has changed, and how this ‘New Power’ is already shaping our future.”
A quick intro to Jeremy, before you hear from the man himself; Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, an organisation specialising in building social movements around the world. His eternal optimism and belief in the power we have as a collective, has enabled him to help co-found the now 45-million strong global campaigning group Avaaz, and LGBT rights platform All Out.