What do you want to achieve with this project?
The Good Lobby intends to reward those different individuals, media outlets, politicians, organisations, NGOs, lawyers, firms, at the local, national or EU level, that gave a contribution to social change and public good.
These are the 9 categories for the 2019 nominations:
- Citizen Lobbyist – the most impactful action by an individual citizen on her/his community, be it at local, national or EU level. The 2018 prize went to FreeInterRail, a public campaign started by European civil society demanding free passes to all Europeans when turning 18 years old;
- Pro Bono Lawyer – the most impactful pro bono project supported by a law firm, in-house counsel and individual lawyers, be it at local, national or EU level. The 2018 prize went to Dentons Warsaw, committed to protect the freedom of expression of those criticizing the Polish government;
- NGO – the most impactful campaign or action by an NGO relying on advocacy and lobbying repertoire. The 2018 prize went to ECI Campaign/Democracy International, an organization promoting the world’s first tool of participatory, transnational and digital democracy: the European Citizens’ Initiative;
- Academic – rewarding the civic commitment of one or more academics in the European space. The 2018 prize went to Professor Laurent Pech, who strenuously provided support to the protection and restoration of the rule of law in Poland in his writings, speeches and public interest working – engaging with EU institutions and Polish authorities as well as media;
- Pro bono professional – rewarding the civic commitment of one or more professionals 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; It successfully advocated for the creation of the first B-Corp legal status in the civil code of an EU country;
- Philanthropist – rewarding 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;
- The Collaboration of the Year – rewarding 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 – rewarding the commitment of one or more political representatives and/or political movements to new forms of engagement, collaboration and co-creation with the electorate via citizen lobbying practices.
- Media – 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.
Do you need help to put your idea into practice?
To send your nomination or to nominate someone in your network, please, use this form!
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What are the details of the project?
Nominations close on the 3rd of November and 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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