"Tom Sheridan is a voice for the voiceless, and a champion for transformative change. His powerful book comes at a critical time for our democracy, delivering an electrifying message of optimism, idealism, and empowerment to America." Speaker Nancy Pelosi
"Stopping the Bad from Making Things Worse!!! is another title for this book. That's one of the reasons I held on to Tom Sheridan quite tightly in the early days at the ONE Campaign when we were fighting despair and deprivation in the poorest places on the planet. He is rich company." Bono
"Tom Sheridan's book is as timely as it is important. He poignantly reminds us that good happens only when the good get in the fight. Tom has led important battles that have changed this country for the better. This excellent book tells those stories and, in the process, gives us a road map for making positive change in the future." Vicki Kennedy
"There is much that corporate citizenship executives can learn from Helping the Good Do Better. Tom's book pulls the curtain back on how social issues, many that are important to business, get turned into policy, legislation, and law. This is of particular importance in the era of brands taking stands, the rise of employees demanding that the company's values reflect their own, and customers' purchasing preferences often determined by a company's social positions." Jeff Hoffman, corporate citizenship, philanthropy & civic engagement leader
"Helping the Good Do Better is a compelling and hopeful playbook for how to make positive social change happen in a Washington where that doesn't always seem possible. This book is full of practical advice and important lessons from someone who is so often in, as the play Hamilton would put it, 'the room where it happens.' This is a powerful guide for advocates on how to fight the good fight!"U.S. Senator Chris Coons
"Sheridan formed and executed a strategy that changed the world. And he's done it more than once. Who else can say that?" Bobby Shriver, co-founder, ONE and (RED)
"In order to fix what is broken with Washington and our divisive politics, we need good people to get involved and stay engaged. This book is a call to action for more engagement and it reminds us about the goodness that is possible in America. Helping the Good Do Better is not only a chronicle of awesome work, it is the backbone of what will keep America great even through troubled times. Tom writes beautifully but it is his actions that truly inspire." U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin
"Finally, someone has challenged the reflexive, conventional view about lobbying and power in Washington. Helping the Good Do Better is a testament to everyday Americans who, collectively wielding their passion and principles, have transformed public policy while leaving an indelible reminder that our elected officials work for the people -- not the other way around." Kevin Madden, senior advisor to Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns
"You'll start reading Helping the Good Do Better because of your commitment to social change; you won't be able to put it down because of the riveting -- often funny -- stories and the pragmatic lessons from one of Washington, D.C.'s finest strategists. Tom not only takes you behind the scenes as policy gets made and movements built, but every chapter provides practical advice whether you're working in your community, your state capital, or on Capitol Hill." Melody C. Barnes, co-director, Democracy Initiative, University of Virginia, and former director, White House Domestic Policy Council (2009-2012)
"The stories Thomas tells are inspiring, colorful, vast, and personal. He captures the fear of the early AIDS epidemic, the infighting among cancer groups lobbying for federal research dollars, and the joy of seeing your national service agenda embraced by the next president. Best of all, Thomas demonstrates why the fight is worth it. Thomas's career is more than a lesson: It's an inspiration." Patti Solis Doyle, CNN contributor and presidential campaign manager
"Helping the Good Do Better chronicles the aspirational vision, authentic values, and tenacious strategies that led me to partner with Tom and the Sheridan Group as the main policy and advocacy consultancy for the ASBC. Our organization is committed to the 'Triple Bottom Line' of people, planet, and profit." Hammad Atassi, CEO, American Sustainable Business Council
"I read Helping the Good Do Better in one sitting. Packed with vivid stories and practical tips for both citizens who care and committed change agents, Sheridan makes a compelling argument for the essential role of advocacy in any effort to improve communities. The insightful commentary, hard-won lessons, and tools contained in Helping the Good Do Better are incredibly relevant for this generation of citizen entrepreneurs asking 'What can I do?'" Cheryl Dorsey, CEO, Echoing Green
"Sheridan makes a much-needed contribution with his new book. Most significantly for me, Tom offers those of us who straddle the applied and academe a better understanding of the theoretical foundations of advocacy so that it can be captured and communicated to students of government and political science everywhere." Patrick Griffin, academic director, Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, American University
"Sheridan opens an enjoyable and insightful window into his work on behalf of Americans who deserve better. Through engaging stories, he reminds us that our government has great power to do good. In our era of highly partisan politics, Sheridan boldly asserts that 'the non-profit sector needs to offer leadership that brings the American public together.'" John Staud, PhD, executive director, ACE Program, University of Notre Dame
"At last, there is a true bible for how nonprofits can effect real transformative change. I was a witness to many of these stories -- from the front lines of the AIDS epidemic in Atlanta to the White House. Tom's brand of pragmatism and political savvy might occasionally ruffle feathers, but he fights to win with the clear understanding that when you fight for those who can't fight for themselves the stakes are always higher. However, these pages bring those fights into perspective with his signature honest, humorous 'Irish storytelling.' Here is a book that tells you how a good guy finally won, and taught countless advocates how to win in the process." Sandy Thurman, White House AIDS Czar (Clinton Administration, 1997-2001)
"For four score and two years, I've been a witness to a generation of social change and I know what it takes to take on the big issues and win. Tom is wise, disciplined, tough, strategic, and deeply committed to American Idealism and the promise it still holds for the great task of citizenship. This book passes the baton and inspires the reader to carry on." former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, author of Of Kennedy and Kings
"[Sheridan] combines his sharp intellect, political acumen, and impressive record of successful measures into a sage guide on how social change occurs. Overall, [his] message that even small action can have a collective impact is compelling, and the challenge is for people to 'step up, lean in, push harder, and take action' to make American government work better for the people. An empowering motivational tool for readers interested in proactive politics."Kirkus
Sheridan (founder, the Sheridan Group) is a lobbyist dedicated to advocating for social issues. His group champions issues such as AIDS treatment, living with disabilities, human trafficking, and cancer research. Sheridan clearly explains the U.S. legislative process, how an issue transforms from an idea to a bill, and the strategies that he employs to reach success. He includes personal anecdotes and is frank about the challenges of advocacy. Each chapter contains a list of key takeaways and a summary of the policy and press strategies that Sheridan's team utilizes. His lobbying process emphasizes the importance of building coalitions to pass legislation and acceptance of people with different political leanings as long as they agree on the core issues. The book shines when providing examples of these all-too-rare compromises. Additional contributors offer a summary of each issue and the lobbying process, providing readers with an alternative perspective. VERDICT An engaging primer on issue lobbying. Recommended for activists and people interested in the legislative process.—Rebekah Kati, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
How to institute social change through focused advocacy.
A "social worker by profession," Sheridan is more popularly known as a "white hat lobbyist" who has fought the good fight on the side of public interest legislation for more than three decades. Here, he combines his sharp intellect, political acumen, and impressive record of successful measures into a sage guide on how social change occurs. While the author believes this moment is "one of the darkest in recent American history," his unflagging optimism and encouragement are palpable throughout the book. Hoping for better days is simply not enough; what is required is organized, collective participation to change restrictive legislation for the better. With swift prose and a bold tone, Sheridan explains the importance of and the processes through which political action can have the most profound, lasting effects. The author interweaves stories from his distinguished career as a public interest lobbyist, beginning with his early collaborative success alongside Bono (and, surprisingly, Orrin Hatch) in passing the Ryan White Act, making AIDS legislation a priority. Sheridan also championed the Americans with Disabilities Act, lobbied on behalf of human trafficking victims to increase federal funding and awareness, and backed a global youth protection initiative called Save the Children, which required bolstering after Hurricane Katrina. All of these achievements serve as learning points for readers interested in contributing to the greater good. Sheridan's theory for social justice is based on the foundation of the "3 Ps"—policy, politics, and press—which he claims is the key formula for success in securing progressive change. Overall, the author's message that even small action can have a collective impact is compelling, and the challenge is for people to "step up, lean in, push harder, and take action" to make American government work better for the people.
An empowering motivational tool for readers interested in proactive politics.