And, micro power is standing toe-to-toe with Big Power. The latter are the guys and (few) women who mug at the World Economic Forum at Davos Switzerland every January.
They're not going away but we don't have to care about that. We are focused totally on getting things accomplished through our micro power. That might be starting an offbeat spiritual center or competing for business with a Big Brand professional services firm.
The story of micro power is best told by Moises Naim. The book he published in 2013 was The End of Power: From boardrooms to battlefields and churches to states, why being in charge isn't what it used to be. Here you can order it from Amazon.com.
In Chapter 1 of The End of Power, Naim, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, observes:
" [the micro power player] ... is of a new kind: not the massive, overwhelming, and often coercive power of large and expert organizations but the counterpower that comes from being able to oppose and constrain what those big players can do."
At a call center, a rank and file worker got the schedule she needs by simply being confident in her micro power. Calmly she explained, a few times, to the Big Power the ethics, legalities and good-for-the company reasons why she should work days, not evenings. Now she works days and doesn't risk her life walking home in the dark. She has no title or wealth. But she has a deep understanding of her Little Power.
At the senior complex I had lived at in Connecticut, a group of 70-somethings knew how to organize. And that they did, when needed. They protected the rest of us from the myopia of the management types.
Little power is the new edge of Everyman and Everywoman. But, use it or lose it.