Building Democratic Participation in a Connected but Disillusioned World
Free Public Lecture
How do you spread ideas, transform an organisation or start a movement? Drawing on insights from their recently published book on understanding ‘new power’, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms will unpack the critical skill of the 21st century: the ability to harness the energy of the crowd.
Our increasingly chaotic yet hyperconnected world has laid the foundations for unprecedented political disruption, as we’ve seen with both Brexit and Trump’s election. Given the significant resistance to ‘old power’ it is vital to consider how ‘new power’ can be harnessed to strengthen democratic participation. By exploring lessons from crowdfunding successes, such as GetUp!, these two visionary thinkers will help you navigate our changing political landscape and your place in it.
Dr Andrea Carson, The University of Melbourne
Dr Andrea Carson
The University of Melbourne
Dr Andrea Carson teaches media and politics at the University of Melbourne and coordinates the Pathways to Politics program which gives aspiring female politicians the skills to win public office. Her research interests include investigative journalism and democracy; political communication; Australian politics and voter behaviour in the digital age. Andrea is an awardwinning journalist and regularly provides political commentary and media analysis on outlets such as the ABC, Sky News, Crikey, and Fairfax Media.
Henry Timms, 92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y
Henry Timms is Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community centre that creates programs and movements that foster learning and civic engagement. Under his leadership, the 144yearold institution was named to Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list. He is the cofounder of GivingTuesday, a global philanthropic movement that engages people in almost 100 countries and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for good causes. He is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society.
Jeremy Heimans, Co-founder
Jeremy Heimans is the cofounder and CEO of Purpose, a company specialising in building social movements around the world. In 2005, he cofounded GetUp! which now has more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined. He is also a cofounder of the global campaigning organization Avaaz and the LGBT rights platform All Out. Jeremy is a recipient of the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer. He has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”.