We work to make society more participative and fair

The Good Lobby is a non-profit civic start-up committed to equalising access to power for a more plural, inclusive and democratic society.    We believe that every citizen can make a difference in their community. To this end, we inspire, train and help citizens to influence major policy decisions, hold their political representatives accountable and share with them new solutions.

 

In so doing, we build unconventional collaborations and alliances with and among NGOs, progressive companies, consultancies, and philanthropies.   In other words, we help citizens and other organisations to set up  ‘good lobbies’, enabling them to balance the undue influence of special interest groups.

For this purpose, The Good Lobby popularises and democratises the various channels of participatory democracy existing at local, national and EU level. 

 

By embracing lobbying, everyone can gain a seat at the table and make their political system more responsive to societal needs.   It’s time to get heard wherever you are and change society for the better, through many more voices.

 

Read about Our Impact Journey since 2015  here.

What We do

The Good Lobby fosters bottom-up participation experiences to induce long-term social changes.   We demystify and promote lobbying as a legitimate practice of participatory democracy.

 

We strive to democratise access to lobbying and foster its daily practice.   We upskill citizen-driven projects and campaigns, by matching them with our skilled-volunteers, coming from law firms, consulting firms, progressive companies,  and philanthropies.

 

We promote and build unconventional alliances among those actors when their interests align.   Through these multiple activities, we influence major policy decisions, hold our political representatives accountable, and share new solutions with them to protect the common good

 

THE SCHOOL 

 

We offer educational opportunities to citizens, NGO advocates, grassroot movements, social entrepreneurs and progressive companies. This process is powered by our community of skilled volunteers, such as public affairs consultants, lawyers, other business professionals and academics.

 

INCUBATOR

 

We run an incubator for the most promising citizen-driven projects as well as unconventional coalitions to provide them with the resources and expertise they need to effectively engage with policymakers. 

 

CAMPAIGNING

 

We campaign for causes that enhance social and environmental justice, counter corruption and inequality when nobody else is.

 

COMMUNITY

 

We nourish a community of like-minded people and organisations across Europe and beyond ready to embrace lobbying for change as a legitimate and responsible practice of participatory democracy.

How can you help

You can help us by donating or by offering your time and skills to us or other NGOs, or by signing a petition.    Discover the many ways in which you can help build a more citizen-driven democracy!   Get involved

Why we do it

Many of us feel powerless today. Political power is more and more unequally distributed, civil society is too often ignored and underrepresented, and there is a general disengagement from the policy process, especially among young people. 

 

We, as citizens, deserve a stronger voice in the policy processes affecting our lives.   Due to growing polarisation, our society is missing out on many collaborations that could emerge between citizens, progressive companies and their employees.

 

So, what can we do to eradicate the feelings of powerlessness and bridge the gap between us and our representatives? 

 

We believe that change can be brought about by ordinary people, with strong ideas… and a plan.   We want these ideas to be brought to fruition, for a society that is more participative, inclusive and fair.

Our story

We began in 2015 as a volunteer-based civic startup out of the aggravating crisis of our representative democracies.    We’ve come a long way from those days and, as of 2020, our action can rely on a permanent staff of young and diverse professionals based in Brussels.

  

Following the partnership with the Italian leading campaigning organisation Riparte il Futuro, we established an office in Milan and are seeking new partners to extend our reach. 

 

Today, we are busy reinventing our local and transnational communities across Europe and beyond through the creation of many more citizen-powered ‘good lobbies’.   To find out about our victories, check here.

Meet the team

Brussels Office

Alberto Alemanno

Founder and Director of The Good Lobby - alberto@thegoodlobby.eu

Ioana Ardereanu

Communication Officer - ioana@thegoodlobby.eu

Andrea Boccuni

Head of Partnership and Education - andrea@thegoodlobby.eu

Mariana Calvo

Project Manager

Jesse Colzani

Pro Bono Manager - jesse@thegoodlobby.eu

Fiorella Lavorgna

Content Producer - fiorella@thegoodlobby.eu

Alex Mäkelä

Head of Engagement - alex@thegoodlobby.eu

Elena Turci

Team Manager - elena@thegoodlobby.eu

Franz Waltenberger

Associate Content Producer - franz@thegoodlobby.eu

Milan Office

Federico Anghelé

Director - federico@thegoodlobby.it

Mattia Anzaldi

Head of Education - mattia@thegoodlobby.it

Velentina Ferrari

Junior Project Manager - valentina@thegoodlobby.it

Laura Ghisellini

Managing Editor - laura@thegoodlobby.it

Salvatore Papa

Policy Officer - salvatore@thegoodlobby.it

Priscilla Robledo

Campaigner - priscilla@thegoodlobby.it

Martina Turola

Head of Communication - martina@thegoodlobby.it

Contacts

Headquarters

Rue d’Arlon 53, 1040 Bruxelles

Piazza Castello 26, 20121 Milano

For general infos:

info@thegoodlobby.eu

Join our team

We are always looking for talented people to join our team. You can either participate by becoming a junior fellow, or apply for one of the current vacancies. Do you think your skills are invaluable and we could benefit from your expertise but no vacancy applies to you? Get in touch and we’ll sort out your candidature. JOIN US NOW!