Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose and the co-author of the 2018 bestseller New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World - and How to Make It Work for You. His TED talk on the topic, What new power looks like, has been viewed more than 1.4 million times.
Heimans is an entrepreneur and political activist, who co-founded the Australian political movement GetUp! and global online political community Avaaz.org. A 2018 profile in The Monthly noted that Heimans "might be the most influential and connected Australian in the world".
Heimans attended Sydney Boys High School. He studied at the University of Sydney, where he was awarded the University Medal in Government, and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a Master of Public Policy.
Heimans has been politically active since the age of 8 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 2004, Heimans dropped out of Oxford to co-found a campaign group in the U.S. presidential elections that used crowd-funding to help a group of women whose loved ones were in Iraq hire a private jet to follow Vice-President Dick Cheney on his campaign stops, in what became known as the "Chasing Cheney" tour.
In 2005, Heimans co-founded GetUp, an Australian political organization and one of Australia's largest campaigning communities. In 2007, Heimans was a co-founder of Avaaz.org, a global civic organization that operates in 15 languages and claims over forty million members in 194 countries. The Guardian considers it "the globe's largest and most powerful online activist network". In 2003 he was a research associate at the University of Oxford Global Economics Governance Programme, researching multi-actor global funds.
In 2009, Heimans co-founded Purpose, a social business that "builds and supports movements to advance the fight for a more open, just, and habitable world". Purpose uses public mobilization and storytelling to help the leading organizations, activists, businesses, and philanthropies engaged in this fight, and creates campaigning labs and new initiatives that can shift policies and change public narratives when it matters most. Purpose is a certified B Corp and Public Benefit Corporation, headquartered in New York with offices in the UK, India, Brazil, Australia, and Kenya. Since its launch, Purpose has launched several major new organizations including All Out, a 2 million-strong LGBT rights group, and advised institutions like the ACLU, Google, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Jeremy co-authored the national bestseller New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World - and How to Make It Work for You with Henry Timms, published by Penguin Random House in 2018. New Power has been praised by writers and public figures, including Richard Branson, David Brooks, Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, Susan Cain, Jane Goodall, Alicia Garza, Russell Brand, Reid Hoffman, Ai-jen Poo, Adam Grant, Craig Newmark, Paul Polman, Howard Dean, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and more. David Brooks wrote a feature about New Power in the New York Times, where he described the book as "the best window I've seen into this new world". The Guardian has described New Power as "a manual on how to navigate the 21st century". Stanford Social Innovation Review described New Power as the "road map to a new world".
Heimans lives in New York.
Awards and honors
In 2011, Heimans received the Ford Foundation's 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work building "powerful, tech-savvy movements that can transform culture and influence policy". In 2012, Fast Company ranked him 11th on their annual list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. His work has been profiled in publications like Harvard Business Review, The Economist and The New York Times.
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