The Good Lobby Awards 20192019-11-05T18:43:02+00:00

The Good Lobby Awards 2019

About the Awards

The Good Lobby Awards is an annual celebration of projects, initiatives and campaigns led by citizens  committed to lobby for change.

The Good Lobby Awards recognize the most successful citizen-driven projects and advocacy collaborations between citizens – be they professionals or volunteers – companies, civil society organizations, political representatives, academics and/or foundations.

We bring together individuals from different walks of life and organizations that have been successfully championing for social change.

Thank you for all the nominations you have submitted !

Hear our director, Alberto Alemanno, explain what The Good Lobby Awards mean for us and for society as a whole:

Remember with us the winners of last year’s Awards:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Who decides?

Our selected jury of activists, lawyers and NGOs representatives will vote for the best projects based on the following criteria:

Innovative and impactful engagement with local, national and EU authorities;

AND/OR

Creative collaboration and skill-sharing across society, be it with one or more of the following: the private sector, civil society, academia, political movements, and/or philanthropy;

Promotion of accountable and transparent policy-making at local, national and EU level;

AND/OR

Outstanding commitment and dedication to the European public interest.

The jury includes members of European civil society, philanthropists, academics, professionals and personalities from the world of arts and culture. Awards will be given during the ceremony that will take place on the 13th of December 2019 in Brussels.

Where & When

We believe that The Good Lobby Awards represent an exciting opportunity to celebrate achievements and bring visibility to the the commitment of many stakeholders in supporting social change and celebrate their achievements.

The Award Ceremony will take place on the 13th of December 2019 in Brussels, at the European Economic and Social Committee, Room VMA3 – in Rue Van Maerlant 2 – from 4 to 5.30 p.m. A reception will follow.

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