“From Ideas to Impact gives us reason for hope. It proves change can happen when we begin dialogues with those whose actions we may not like! It demonstrates how others have made a difference and how you can make a difference too.”
― Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

“At a time when the world feels like it is spinning out of control, Mick Sheldrick’s message combines optimism, inspiration, and practical ideas for how people everywhere can change things for the better. Read this book if you want to feel more empowered to take action and more aware of the common humanity and destiny that we all share. Nothing less than the future of the planet is at stake.”
― Ben Rhodes, author of After the Fall and former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama

“Good ideas do not belong only to the powerful and privileged; anyone can have an idea that could change the world for the better. Mick Sheldrick has shown in his own life, and in this book, how ideas can be unlocked and unleashed for good.”
― Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization

“It’s never been more important for us to contribute to the collective public good. This book helps set the agenda for those who want to advocate and change the world for the better.”
― The Honorable Dr. Kevin Rudd AC, 26th Prime Minister of Australia




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Michael is a policy entrepreneur and a driving force behind the efforts of Global Citizen to end extreme poverty. As a Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact, and Government Affairs Officer, he leads the organization’s campaigns to mobilize support from governments, businesses, and foundations.

With a career that spans the world of pop and policy, Michael has worked with an impressive roster of international artists such as Beyoncé, Coldplay, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Priyanka Chopra, Rihanna and Usher, as well as prominent political leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and former Australian Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

He has co-produced some of the world’s most impactful social campaigns and events, including the annual Global Citizen Festival in New York, the Guinness World Record-winning virtual concert One World: Together At Home, and the Nelson Mandela 2018 centennial celebration, Mandela 100. These initiatives have reached millions of people in over 150 countries and helped secure over $40 billion in support for local and regional organizations working to provide access to essential resources such as healthcare, education, and climate resilience.

A sought-after speaker and author on policy advocacy, sustainable development, and corporate responsibility, Michael has shared his insights at conferences and summits worldwide. His insights have also featured in leading outlets including Forbes, The Guardian, Nikkei and Fairfax Media, and his voice heard on major news networks such as ABC, BBC, France 24, Sky News and CNN. He has been recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Young Commonwealth Person of the Year and serves on: the board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global citizens; the Leadership Council of aable, a fintech company connecting compassionate investors with underserved communities; and the Advisory Board of the Nigerian Solidarity Support Fund. He is also a co-host of the Global Town Hall, a North-South, East-West meeting featuring world leaders and leading minds to connect with global citizens.


From Ideas to Impact: A Playbook for Influencing and Implementing Change in a Divided World reveals key characteristics of successful policy entrepreneurs – visionaries bridging the gap between promises and real-world outcomes. They are practical implementers who put impact first, resisting the urge to pursue the instant dopamine boost that comes from simply winning arguments at all costs. They are connectors and networkers who build diverse coalitions and broker win-win solutions to address our current implementation crisis. You’ll also find:

An overview of pressing challenges to avoid, including an obsession with winning arguments at the expense of results, demands for unwavering tribal loyalty, and a counterproductive aversion to negotiation.

An eight-step playbook offering tools to master policy entrepreneurship, foster cooperation, build bridges, and drive policy implementation beyond stagnation, conflict, and polarization.

Diverse policy entrepreneurs and examples spanning historical movements like the Transatlantic Slave Trade and FDR’s New Deal to contemporary battles for climate justice, coal community transitions, and grassroots gender equality efforts.

An indispensable guide for individual changemakers, philanthropists, corporate social responsibility (CSR) practitioners, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) professionals, policymakers, corporate foundations, and higher education students, From Ideas to Impact: A Playbook for Influencing and Implementing Change in a Divided World is essential reading for those committed to creating systematic policy change in our tumultuous world.