Michael Silberman

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Activist
  • Writer
  • Social justice technology strategist
Known forPioneering

Michael Silberman is an American activist, writer, and social justice technology strategist.

Silberman directed the national "meetup" grassroots organizing program for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign[1], which became known for its pioneering use of the internet for political movement building.[2] He also co-founded digital and political consulting firm Echo&Co with Nicco Mele and others from the Howard Dean campaign.[3]

Silberman was hired by Greenpeace in 2011 to launch a "Digital Mobilisation Centre of Excellence"[4] which became known as the Mobilisation Lab and provided guidance to other international organizations including UNICEF, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Oxfam.[5]

Silberman is widely published on matters exploring the intersection of social justice, collective action, and the internet. He has written for the Stanford Social Innovation Review[6], OpenDemocracy[7], and the Chronicle of Philanthropy[8]. He is the co-author of a book about lessons from Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign[9]

Silberman servers on the boards of several nonprofits, including Oxfam America[10], the Climate Advocacy Lab[11], and the Story of Stuff Project[12]. In 2014, The Nonprofit Times named Silberman to its list of the U.S.'s 50 most influential leaders.[13]


  1. Friedman, Rick (December 18, 2003). "Howard Dean's Campaign Headquarters". Corbis. Getty. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  2. Wolf, Gary (January 1, 2004). "How the Internet Invented Howard Dean". No. 12–01. Wired. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  3. "About Us". Echo & Co. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  4. Radford, Phil. "Greenpeace to Launch Global Digital Innovation Lab; Hires Michael Silberman, Online Pioneer, To Lead Initiative". Huffington Post. HuffPost. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  5. Joslyn, Heather (June 14, 2018). "A Group Born at Greenpeace Spreads Ideas About Grass-Roots Advocacy". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  6. Silberman, Michael; Holland, Matt (September 9, 2016). "Taking Advocacy Campaigns Off Auto-pilot". Stanford Social Innovation Review. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  7. Silberman, Michael (November 15, 2018). "Five ways new social movement leaders are effecting change". OpenDemocracy.
  8. Silberman, Michael (March 27, 2019). "What Advocacy Organizations Need to Win Today". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  9. Silberman, Michael; Teachout, Zephyr (September 30, 2007). Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics. Routledge. pp. 110–129. ISBN 978-1594514852.
  10. "Michael Silberman". Oxfam America. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  11. "About our Team". Climate Advocacy Lab. Climate Advocacy Lab. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  12. "Michael Silberman". www.storyofstuff.org/blog/people/michael-silberman/. Story of Stuff Project. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  13. "The Power and Influence Top 50: New Faces Abound". The NonProfit Times. August 1, 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2022.

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