Get to know our speakers: Matthew O’Shea

Get to know our speakers: Matthew O’Shea

An inspirational speaker & award-winning social innovator. Matthew’s mission is to tease out the “social impact potential” in us all. His most recent accomplishment, TicketAid, is one of very few examples of social intrapreneurship success that has led to him establishing Refinifiv Charities as a founding Trustee, as well as being named a 35 Under 35 Changemaker for 2019 and UN Sustainable Development Goals Pioneer Runner-Up. Collectively we can be a force for good in pursuing social impact initiatives, no matter how big or small and  Matthew challenges his audience to take up the mantle as social innovators within the private, public and third sector to…Do more. See more. Be more.


Find out more about Matthew below:


How did you get into your profession?

I was getting increasingly frustrated at seeing empty seats at “sold-out” concerts & events around the world, and wanted to do something about it. I pitched TicketAid as an idea to my employer who backed the initiative which has since grown into a globally accessed charitable alternative to the secondary ticket market, raising over £100,000 for charity in just over a year. My career has grown with it as Founder and Director, as well as a Member of Refinitiv Charities Board of Trustees.


What is one of your proudest blogging/YouTube moments?

The moment our teaser went live and was embedded within the landing TicketAid website. We put a lot of time and effort into making the video fresh, comedic and entertaining; unlike anything a corporate audience would have seen before. Go check it out!


How do you get into the creative flow?

I usually put on a playlist of “Music from the Motion Picture…” like Time by Hans Zimmer (from Inception) or That Home by the Cinematic Orchestra and throw myself into whatever it is I need to do. Expect Grammarly drafts, hand-written post-its and a lot of talking and walking.


Which YouTuber or blogger would you like to switch places with for a day?

The Instagram account of @itsabandoned – it’d be amazing to have discovered and spent time exploring some of the locations and finds they share.


What is one thing you wish you had had or known when you first started out?

I wish I had come from a software engineering background. Despite WordPress being as user intuitive as it can be, starting out would have been so much easier had I have known how to code, build websites and be a master of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products.


Why should people buy a ticket to BorderlessLive?

This industry is all about your network for the benefit of your audience. Coming to BorderlessLive will give you the best network to lean on, support and promote each other’s work in order to continue to effectively engage an audience who are becoming increasingly distracted and overwhelmed with content. Strategic partnerships, consolidation of content and simple, straight-forward propositions are key. BorderlessLive will help you hone in on what you can be most successful at and how to do it.


Click here to buy your ticket and hear more from Matthew on 6-7th September at Tobacco Dock.

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