I have just been listening to a Longform podcast interview with Noreen Malone who wrote the New York Times cover story about women raped by Bill Cosby. She talks about how some of the women had been ignored when they tried to tell their stories previously and what a large part social media played in the surfacing of the stories now.
We are seeing this power exercised more and more. Sure there is a risk of vigilantism and mob rule, but if we all exercise our judgement and "volume control" on which stories to amplify and which to turn down, we have at our disposal a powerful tool for good.
We will also start to manifest this power inside our organisations and learn to control their worst excesses and abuses.
I don't think management really understand this yet.