Jeremy Heimans Speaker

Jeremy Heimans

World-renowned expert on building social movements; pioneer of purpose-driven marketing and business models

Jeremy Heimans: Biography highlights

Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st-century movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems.

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Jeremy Heimans’ background

Since its launch in 2009, Purpose has launched several major new organisations including All Out, a 2.2 million-strong LGBT rights group, built the world’s first open-source global activism platform, and advised institutions like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACLU, and Google.

Jeremy has been building movements since the age of eight, when, as a child activist in his native Australia, he ran media campaigns and lobbied leaders on issues like children’s rights and nuclear non-proliferation. In 2005, he co-founded GetUp, an Australian political organisation and internationally-recognised social movement phenomenon that today has more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined. And in 2007, Jeremy was a co-founder of Avaaz, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with more than 40 million members.

In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. He also serves as Chair of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation. In 2012, Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business. The World e-Government Forum has named him as one of the top ten people who is changing the world of politics and the internet, and The Guardian named him one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the US. And in 2015, Jeremy received the Performance Theatre’s Inspired Leadership Award, whose previous recipients have included Melinda Gates, Richard Branson, and Paul Polman. His work has been profiled in publications like The Economist and The New York Times, and his most recent thinking with Henry Timms on “new power” was featured as the Big Idea in Harvard Business Review, as one of 2014’s top TED talks with more than 1.25m views, and by CNN as one of ten top ideas to change the world in 2015.

Jeremy has been a keynote speaker at venues such as the World Economic Forum at Davos, TED, the RSA, Chatham House, the United Nations, Blair House, The Economist Big Rethink, The Guardian Activate, and Social Media Week.

Jeremy began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey & Company and he has degrees from Harvard University and the University of Sydney. He lives in New York.



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Jeremy Heimans: What new power looks like
Jeremy Heimans: What new power looks like
Jeremy Heimans on Leveraging New Power and Old Power
Jeremy Heimans on Leveraging New Power and Old Power
Jeremy Heimans: New Power
Jeremy Heimans: New Power
New Power | Jeremy Heimans | TEDxAmsterdam
New Power | Jeremy Heimans | TEDxAmsterdam

A wonderfully incisive contribution that not only explains how the dynamics of power are changing, but also provides the tools-and the confidence-to harness those changes to build businesses, spread ideas, and make a better world.'

Paul Polman
Black Lives Matter

'A must-read, 'New Power' is a gift to our movements. It's not just about going viral-it's about connecting millions of people to roll up our sleeves and create the changes we long for.'

Alicia Garza

'The nature and use of power is changing rapidly, distributing broadly in unexpected channels.'New Power' provides the practical tools to help us all understand this shift. But it also draws out the big battle of our times-whether all this new power will end up being used for good or bad.'

Craig Newmark
National Domestic Workers Alliance

''New Power' is both a practical guide and a much needed dose of optimism, helping us understand that the future is ours for the making. A must-read for today's leaders in any field.'

Ai-jen Poo
Executive Director

'The surest sign that I've encountered a big idea isn't what that idea does to my brain. It's what it does to my eyes. When an idea is sufficiently compelling, it changes the very way I see. That's what happened to me when I read New Power.'

Daniel Pink
The Guardian

'You couldn't wish for two better people to write this explanation and exploration of new power than Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans. It is the detail in this book that really excites... its optimism and practical advice. And, unexpectedly, it is funny. I'd encourage you to participate in purchasing.'

International Rescue Committee

'Power is shifting as never before, so 'New Power' is addressing a vital issue for our times: how to make the voices and choices of all, not just a few, count for something. Plaudits to Heimans and Timms for their determination to help shape the future, not just complain about it.'

David Miliband
Kirkus Reviews

'Fascinating... Cogent... Will intrigue anyone who wants to channel the new power of the crowd.'

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