“This recognition by Ashoka will help to demystify lobbying as a new practice of democratic life for millions of citizens who won’t hesitate to lobby for change to the benefit of their own communities”.
After a long and rigorous selection process, Professor Alberto Alemanno has been elected Ashoka Fellow for his long-standing commitment to redistribute political relevance across society by pioneering new forms of participatory politics via citizen lobbying.
Ashoka Fellows are the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. They champion innovative new ideas that transform society’s systems, providing benefits for everyone and improving the lives of millions of people. Becoming Ashoka Fellow means starting a long-lasting fruitful partnership that will support The Good Lobby’s action even further.
Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a change-maker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support change-making for the good of society.
“Alberto is changing the way that citizens and civil society organisations approach lobbying by inspiring and encouraging them to participate in the decision-making process”, says Ashoka Belgium Co-Director, Perrine De Le Court “At a time of increasing calls for equalising access to power, Alberto’s enterprise and his election as an Ashoka Fellow come at a critical and opportune moment. Ashoka is very excited to welcome Alberto to the community!”.
Alberto Alemanno said:
“In founding The Good Lobby, I was driven by the desire to equalize access to power in a growingly unequal world. This recognition by Ashoka will help to demystify lobbying as a new practice of democratic life for millions of citizens who won’t hesitate to lobby for change to the benefit of their own communities”.
Alberto developed the idea of turning citizens into lobbyists to counter the systemic inequality of access to political power while teaching and researching at his university, the leading business school HEC Paris.
Over the last four years, through his civic start up – The Good Lobby – he has inspired and supported hundreds of citizen-driven civic battles, movements and campaigns. Together with his team of educators and volunteers, he has trained more than 2000 citizens on how to gain their voice heard in the European space and generated hundreds of thousands of Euros in pro bono legal and advocacy advice to hundreds of non-profits and grassroots. As such, The Good Lobby has influenced the initiation and reform of policies on subjects as diverse as whistleblowing protection, transparency of the European Union institutions, disclosure policy of political advertising on social media, rights of compensation of trainees, restrictions on marketing to children, the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products, transparency of the selection of judges for the European Court of Justice, and many others.