Ideas to Impact: A Playbook for Influencing and Implementing Change in a Divided World

  • 6h 45m 1s
  • Idris Elba, Michael Sheldrick, Sabrina Elba
  • Gildan Media
  • 2024

In From Ideas to Impact, Michael Sheldrick delivers an inspiring and insightful discussion on how to implement social impact by driving policy change.

This book 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 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.

From Ideas to Impact features:

  • An overview of pressing challenges to avoid, including an obsession with winning arguments at the expense of results 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 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.

About the Author

MICHAEL SHELDRICK is a policy entrepreneur and a driving force behind the advocacy 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. These initiatives have reached millions of people in over 150 countries and secured 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 been featured in leading outlets including Forbes, The Guardian, The Hill, Nikkei and Fairfax Media, and his voice heard on major news networks such as ABC, BBC, CNN, France 34, and Sky News.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: Harbingers of Hope
  • Chapter 1 - The Visionary: Setting the Foundation for Change
  • Chapter 2 - The Diplomat: Catalyzing Impact through Pragmatism
  • Chapter 3 - The Implementer: Enforcing Accountability and Follow-Through
  • Chapter 4 - Advancing Access: Equal Education for All
  • Chapter 5 - Empowering a Community: Just Transition beyond Coal
  • Chapter 6 - Building Bridges: Small and Mighty in a Warming World
  • Chapter 7 - Finding One World: Lessons in Collective Action
  • Conclusion: Being Part of the Solution in a World on Fire
  • Epilogue
  • Annex: Summary: Eight Steps for Policy Entrepreneurship