March 13, 2015

Podcast: How Nonprofits Can Thrive With ‘New Power’

In this episode of "What's the Big Idea?" Jeremy Heimans, chief executive of the movement-organizing group Purpose and co-author, with Henry Timms of 92nd Street Y, of the recent Harvard Business Review article “Understanding 'New Power,'” discusses the mass-participation and technology-based organization that drive the success of groups like Kiva and Wefunder.

Organizations that want to shift away from bureaucratic, top-down power structures must start changing their perspective from a place of competition to one of collaboration and transparency, says Mr. Heimans.

Allison Fine, a nonprofit leader, author, and expert on technology and communications, discusses research in other fields that apply to nonprofit work. Ms. Fine incorporates suggestions and questions from readers into her podcasts and invites you to e-mail her at Look for new installments once a month.