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Michael Golden’s invitation to change the world.

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Michael Golden helps leaders and organizations to master communications in order to accelerate success.

Michael is a social innovator who champions big ideas and the people behind them. He believes we are at our best when we’re helping others.

Golden Mean Strategies harnesses the power of communications, technology and relationships to accelerate growth in enterprises of all sizes.

HOW MICHAEL HELPS

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Golden Mean
Strategies

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GMS helps enterprises to identify areas of weakness and unseen potential, analyze them as opportunities, and then capitalize on them through strategic action. Michael specializes in helping leaders and organizations to master the message and the media in order to activate audiences and maximize impact.

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Social
Enterprises

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Launching and leading social enterprises is Michael’s enduring passion. From apprenticeships to community college scholarships to civil rights programs to the Illinois Poverty Commission, he is always looking for new ways to forge progress.

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Solutions
Journalism

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American journalists are capable of true excellence. But because news divisions are forced to draw eyeballs and drive ad rates, they don’t always get the chance. Michael innovates and champions projects that are geared toward covering real solutions to our toughest problems.

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Speaking
Presentations

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Michael's parents insist that he barely spoke a word during his first 18 months. And the perennial punchline is that he's been catching up ever since! From politics to media to government reform to social entrepreneurship, Michael engages audiences all over the country.

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Political
Campaign Consulting

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For two decades, Michael served as a campaign manager and communications strategist on political races for the White House, US Senate, US House and Chicago Mayor. He continues to advise candidates and serves as a media consultant for select campaigns.

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Opinion &
Analysis

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How does the news actually impact our daily lives? After years of working as an investigative reporter, Michael stepped back and started to sharpen his own perspectives. He’s been doing that ever since — learning, analyzing and sharing his take on the issues and events that shape our world.

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Michael’s commentary and analysis have been featured in
media from coast to coast.

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Killing Coronavirus; Resurrecting Congress
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Killing Coronavirus; Resurrecting Congress

03 / 29 / 2020

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Ben Cohen, Polar Science Center GIS Technician at the Univ. of Washington

03 / 24 / 2020

What clients and colleagues are saying...

“Michael is driven by his sincere passion to make a difference. But it’s his talent for connecting with people that sets him apart. I have witnessed first-hand the amazing growth of One Million Degrees and its contribution to Chicago. The leadership roles Michael has played in his public service enterprises have helped to change thousands of lives.”

“For two decades, I’ve watched Michael build and grow successful organizations from scratch. He has a gift for messaging that sticks, but then he takes it to the next level by orchestrating media in order to connect with the target audience. In projects I’ve led both in both the public and private sectors, I’ve always been able to rely on Michael’s strategic counsel and savvy communication skills.”

“After reading Michael’s book, Unlock Congress, I reached out and asked for his help on the Political Reform Agenda we were creating at the Stevenson Center on Democracy. His knowledge base and eloquence as a writer and speaker motivated us to make him a Senior Fellow at the Center. It’s been an excellent partnership and, happily, one that continues to grow.”

“Michael successfully managed one of my toughest campaigns for the U.S. Congress, and I could not have done it without him. When you’re in the foxhole fighting it out every day for what you know is right, there’s nobody better to have at your side. And whether it was funders, voters, staff members or the media, Michael has the unique ability to connect with people in any kind of situation. That’s his magic.”

“Long before Michael joined our board, I could feel his deep connection to our mission at the Shriver Center. Without question, his speech coaching has made me a stronger and more effective public voice, and he’s always there for our team when we’re in need of savvy communications counsel.”

CHRISTIE HEFNER

Former CEO & Chairman
Playboy Enterprises

GERY CHICO

Principal, Chico & Nunes
Former President,
Chicago Public Schools

ADLAI STEVENSON III

Former US Senator and
Illinois Treasurer

MELISSA BEAN

Former US Representative

JOHN BOUMAN

President, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

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