16 Jan 2024

Ideas & Impact With Michael Sheldrick

Michael Sheldrick

Discover new ways to boost your real-world social impact with guidance from Micahel Sheldrick, Co-Founder of Global Citizen. ICMI is delighted to host Michael as a speaker while visiting Australia from March 2nd to the 22nd 2024.


Making Change With Pop and Policy 


Global Citizen is an international education and advocacy organisation that aims to end extreme poverty worldwide. As its Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact and Government Affairs Officer, Michael has worked alongside governments, businesses, foundations, artists and everyday people to distribute over $40 billion to anti-poverty causes around the world over the past decade. 

He is well known for his innovative ‘pop and policy’ approach, maximising impact by championing systemic policy changes in addition to global campaigns featuring recognisable figures such as Beyoncé, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Julia Gillard, Justin Trudeau and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.In addition to anti-poverty initiatives, Michael has also worked on campaigns supporting Ukrainian refugees, Covid-19 relief and vaccine equity efforts.

Introducing Michael’s New Book: From Ideas to Impact 


Michael’s new book, From Ideas to Impact: A Playbook for Influencing and Implementing Change in a Divided World, offers insights on how policy changes can have a positive social impact.

He does so by exploring some of the key characteristics of successful policy entrepreneurs. By examining the way visionaries bridge the gap between ideas and real-world outcomes, Michael reinforces the importance of practical implementers who put impact first.

This practicality is essential in resisting the urge to pursue the instant gratification that comes with tribal loyalty and an obsession with winning arguments at all costs. Michael outlines how connectors and networkers generate positive outcomes by overcoming counterproductive aversions to negotiation. Instead, they build diverse coalitions and broker win-win solutions to address our current implementation crisis.


Foreword by Idris Elba and Sabrina Elbe 


Michael’s book features a foreword written by Idris Elba and Sabrina Elba. While Idris is best known as an actor, rapper and Sabrina as an actor, model and media personality, both the Elba’s are also UN goodwill ambassadors with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 

This specialised agency invests in rural people in developing countries to help address issues of poverty and hunger. More recently, Idris and Sabrina established the Elba Hope Foundation, whose mission is to raise funds and awareness around food security as well as how it intersects with Africa, climate issues, gender, and youth empowerment. 

Like Michael, Idris has stressed the importance of providing specific solutions, with the aim of the foundation to act as an “interfacing instrument” for governments and NGOs. The ideas presented in Michael’s book represent their shared values regarding approaches to achieve practical, specific outcomes.


Book Michael as a Guest Speaker for Your Event 


Michael has extensive experience speaking on global affairs, activism and development at numerous conferences and summits around the world. This includes at TEDx, the C20, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, countless university campuses, the World Bank and IMF annual meetings, and the United Nations.

He’s an incredibly engaging and insightful speaker capable of imparting valuable lessons for individual changemakers, philanthropists, corporate social responsibility (CSR) practitioners, policymakers, corporations, foundations and higher education students. This includes:


  • How to use popular culture to galvanise support and drive meaningful action
  • Private sector initiatives to help end poverty and address climate change
  • The power of education and inspiration to make a difference in the world
  • How we can revolutionise philanthropy with results-based giving
  • Tips for mastering policy entrepreneurship, fostering cooperation, building bridges and driving policy implementation beyond stagnation, conflict and polarisation.


Michael’s lessons are ultimately uplifting and aim to instil hope that change is achievable despite our divisions. His book showcases how we can all play a part in driving important systemic policy change through united voices, cooperation and solidarity. He champions the idea that we are not prisoners of fate. That actual change begins with us.

Interested in booking Michael Sheldrick for your next event? Call us now on 1800 334 625 or make an enquiry online.


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