Michael Edwards

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos

Dr Edwards is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, an organisation focusing on strengthening democracy, civil society, and philanthropy in the United States and across the world. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. From 1999 to 2008, Dr Edwards was the Director of the Ford Foundation’s Governance and Civil Society Programme in New York, having previously worked for the World Bank, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children-UK and other NGOs in Washington, D.C., London, Colombia, Zambia, Malawi and India. He also co-founded the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation, which makes grants to organisations that combine their work for social justice with spiritual practices and principles.

Dr Edwards writes regularly for the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, openDemocracy and many other newspapers and magazines, and is a featured speaker at literary festivals and other events around the world.

His writings help to shape a more critical appreciation of the global role of voluntary citizen action and to break down barriers between funders, researchers and activists. Dr Edwards’ latest book is Small Change: Why Business Won’t Save the World (Berrett-Koehler), a provocative look at the trend to rely on business in solving social problems. Dr Edwards was educated in England at the universities of Oxford and London. In 2011 he received the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for lifetime contributions to peace and international understanding.