Jeremy Heimans

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Jeremy Joshua Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose.[1] He is an Australian-born political activist and a co-founder of GetUp![2] and global online political community[2]


Heimans went to Sydney Boys High School, where he received a TER of 99.95.[3] He studied at the University of Sydney, and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government[4] where he earned a Master of Public Policy.[citation needed]

Heimans has been politically active since the age of 8[citation needed] 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.[5][6] In 2004, Heimans dropped out of Oxford[citation needed] 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.[7]


Heimans began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey & Company.[4]

In 2005, Heimans co-founded GetUp, an Australian political organization and one of Australia's largest campaigning communities.[8] In 2007, Heimans was a co-founder of, 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".[9] In 2008 he was a research associate at the University of Oxford Global Economics Governance Programme, researching multi-actor global funds.[4]

In 2009, Heimans co-founded Purpose, a social business that seeks to be a "home for building 21st century movements and ventures that use the power of participation to change the world".[10] Since its launch, Purpose has launched several major new organizations including All Out, a 2 million-strong LGBT rights group,[11] and advised institutions like the ACLU and Google.[10][12]

He lives in New York.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

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."[13] In 2012, Fast Company ranked him 11th on their annual list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.[2] His work has been profiled in publications like Harvard Business Review,[14] The Economist[15] and The New York Times.[16]

Heimans has been a keynote speaker at venues such as the World Economic Forum at Davos,[17] TED,[18] the United Nations,[19] The Guardian Activate,[20] and the Business Innovation Factory.[21]


  1. ^ Kanani, Rahim (13 December 2011). "Jeremy Heimans of on Mobilizing Millions for Change". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Arndt, Rachel (2012). "Most Creative People 2012: Jeremy Heimans". Fast Company. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  3. ^ Wheeler, Caitlin (10 October 2015). "The class of 1995: HSC high achievers 20 years on". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  4. ^ a b c T. Addison, G. Mavrotas, ed. (2008). Development Finance in the Global Economy: The Road Ahead. Springer. p. xiv, 151. ISBN 9780230594074. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Adcock, Bronwyn (6 May 2013). "The artist and the digital activist". Australia Unlimited. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  6. ^ Tarrant, Deborah (March 2014). "Agent for Change". University of Sydney. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Capital and Labor want some respect". 1 August 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-08. Heimans, 27 
  8. ^ "GetUp! - About GetUp!". GetUp! Action for Australia. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  9. ^ Ed Pilkington (2 March 2012). "Avaaz faces questions over role at centre of Syrian protest movement". Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  10. ^ a b "Jeremy Heimans: Unlocking People Power: Human Rights and Movement-Building in the 21st Century – Duke University School of Law". 25 March 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  11. ^ "About – All Out". All Out. Archived from the original on 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  12. ^ "Purpose". Purpose. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  13. ^ Darren Walker. "Visionaries Awards". The Ford Foundation. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  14. ^ "Understanding "New Power"". Harvard Business Review. December 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  15. ^ "The business of campaigning: Profit with Purpose". The Economist. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  16. ^ "Support and a Smile for Same Sex Marriage". The New York Times. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  17. ^ "What new power is... and three things it is not – Agenda – The World Economic Forum". Agenda – The World Economic Forum. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  18. ^ Heimans, Jeremy (June 2014). "Jeremy Heimans: What new power looks like". TEDSalon Berlin 2014. 
  19. ^ "United Nations Foundation -What will people power change next?". United Nations Foundation. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  20. ^ "Activate London 2011: Speaker Interview Jeremy Heimans". 10 June 2011. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  21. ^ "Jeremy Heimans". Retrieved 2015-04-08. 

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