Michael is a social entrepreneur focused on building movements with global impact. As National Director of the Global Poverty Project, he co-created the inaugural Global Citizen Festival featuring performances by Neil Young, the Black Keys, and the Foo Fighters on New York City’s Great Lawn; the Festival raised more than 1.3 billion dollars in new commitments for programs serving the World’s poorest people. The broadcast was the largest syndicated broadcast of its kind, with over 15 million viewers on the New York Times, YouTube, AOL, and on television, the campaign received more than 3 billion media impressions. Tickets were given through an innovative new platform called Global Citizen which rewards social action with tangible rewards.
Michael started exploring the world and its cultures eighteen years ago on a study abroad program in Sri Lanka, where he later returned as a Fulbright Scholar. He was a graduate fellow in International Affairs and Development at Columbia University.
On today’s episode, we will discover why Michael is dedicated to learning and taking action to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges along with support from big influencers.