Disruptive change creates winners and losers. Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms give us a great framework to understand this shift in their "New Power" article in the HBR.
"When you hear people talk about the future, they most often describe a '2.0' world. Education 2.0. Politics 2.0. Media 2.0. This is a small metaphor for a huge change, falsely promising us incremental shifts that are largely to do with technology.
As if tomorrow will just be a digitally enhanced version of yesterday."
We like their insight that a more fundamental and more human transformation is taking place driven by a growing tension between two distinct forces – Old Power and New Power.
"Old Power works like a currency. It is held by few. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads. It commands.
New Power works like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads. It shares."