At Wider Sense, we help our clients through strategic research and advice. We guide them toward organisations with compelling solutions to complex problems. We also manage their complete grant making or operative projects.
Michael is Managing Partner at Wider Sense. He is responsible for the development of business and people. He heads the advisory work of Wider Sense and handles all questions relating to philanthropy, CSR and impact investing. Michael is especially passionate about social justice work with a focus on education. Besides the advisory assignments, Michael also works with our clients as an organisational developer, facilitator and coach. Michael regularly writes for Alliance Magazine, Center for Effective Philanthropy and other blogs. He has been asked to speak on a variety of industry topics.
Michael volunteers as the chairman of the Deutsche Youth For Understanding Stiftung (Foundation). He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Deutsche Youth For Understanding Komitee e.V., Schüler helfen Leben e.V. and Philanthropy Impact. He is a member of the supervisory board of Karuna Sozialgenossenschaft eG (social cooperative).
Before taking over Wider Sense (formerly Beyond Philanthropy), Michael was managing director at Active Philanthropy and held various operative positions at the Bertelsmann Foundation. He was a Project Manager in the field of Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance Education and for strategy development in politics and federalism reform. Michael also managed the Carl-Bertelsmann Prize 2007 “Civic Engagement as an Educational Goal”.
Michael studied North American Studies, Anthropology and International Law at the University of Bonn and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After his graduation, he worked as language and cultural affairs lecturer at the University of Oxford.
Wider Sense is about creating social impact and change. As an optimist I would say that these are expressions of hope. I want to work were I can contribute to this positive change.
I guess I am bike crazy – ask my colleagues.