Michael Silberman (USA)

Global Director, Mobilisation Lab

Michael Silberman has been guiding social change organisations to achieve greater impact through the creative use of participatory strategies and technologies for more than a decade.

He’s the founder and Global Director of the Mobilisation Lab, which trains and coaches advocacy campaigners and their organisations to break through and win in the networked age through people-centred strategy and creative, people-powered tactics.

Silberman is recognised as one of the U.S.’s 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times and his writing has been featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and openDemocracy.

He teaches digital-era advocacy and campaigning to graduate students at George Washington University and serves on the boards of several non-profits, including Oxfam America and The Story of Stuff Project.

Silberman got his start on Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign where he mobilised 200,000 grassroots volunteers through “Meetups” and built one of the first successful digital organising programs in U.S. politics.

Prior to launching the MobLab, Silberman was a partner and co-founder at Echo & Co, an award-winning digital strategy firm.


Click here to read more about Michael’s IFC Online Big Conversation: “Can NGOs and social movements be authentic allies?”