Categories of The Good Lobby Awards:
Citizen Lobbyist of the year
The most impactful action by a private citizen in the European space.
The 2018 prize went to FreeInterRail, a public campaign started by European civil society demanding free access to mobility for European youth.
Pro bono lawyer of the year
The most impactful pro bono project entailing the participation of law firms, in-house counsels and lawyers in the European space.
The 2018 prize went to Dentons Warsaw, committed to protect the freedom of expression of those criticizing the Polish government.
NGO of the year
The most impactful campaign or action in the European space lead by an NGO.
The 2018 prize went to ECI Campaign/Democracy International, an organization exclusively working to introduce and implement the European Citizens’ Initiative – the world’s first tool of participatory, transnational and digital democracy.
Academic of the year
Rewarding the civic commitment of one or more academics in the European space;
The 2018 prize went to Professor Laurent Pech, who advocated for restoring the rule of law in Poland in his writings, speeches and contacts – engaging with EU institutions and Polish people as well as media.
Pro Bono Professional of the year
The civic commitment of one or more professionals in the European space who actively supported citizen-driven initiatives and other collaborations by offering their pro bono expertise.
The 2018 prize went to B-Corp Italy, a movement that inspires companies with a double purpose: distributing profits and pursuing a common good, generating a positive impact for the employees, communities and the environment.
Philanthropist of the year
The commitment of one or more foundations to support impactful advocacy projects in the European space.
The 2018 prize went to the Ukranian Philanthropists Forum, a professional association of charitable foundations and leaders of philanthropic organizations which advocated for the introduction of SMS-giving without taxes in Ukraine.
Collaboration of the year
Joint public interest work carried out by several professionals and NGO(s), grassroots movement(s), or citizens in the European space.
The 2018 prize went with equal merit to Poliferie, which started a series of collaboration campaigns, workshops and labs for bottom-up interaction with students, and to White&Case, a global law firm which assisted on a case of a same-sex couple, who did not get the recognition of their marriage.
Political representative of the year
The commitment of one or more political representatives and/or movements to new forms of engagement, collaboration and co-creation with the electorate via citizen lobbying practices.
Media of the year
Rewarding the media outlet that has contributed the most to tell citizen-driven stories of social change across the continent, be it through investigative journalism, podcasts, citizen journalism or other media.