Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change

Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change

by Thomas F. Sheridan


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How to effect positive social change by the top progressive white hat lobbyist in Washington.

HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER pulls back the curtain on the corridors of power in Washington to reveal how social change really happens. This book offers lessons from the trenches on how some of this generation's most defining social issues-AIDS, disabilities, global poverty, cancer, human trafficking, national service, early childhood education, and social entrepreneurship -- engendered landmark federal policies. Each chapter tells the story of how a particular issue was shaped by the movements and legislation at the center of public debate. Each case provides powerful lessons about how coalitions are built, strategies crafted, and powerful interests challenged in high-stakes, no-holds-barred political battles.

Doing good requires more than just providing programs and services. It requires coordination, organization, and a new, stronger emphasis on and dedication to advocacy. Participating in advocacy is no longer a luxury -- it is a necessity. Visionaries and activists together with "white hat" lobbyists -- people who understand the power of politics and who are able to put it to work to serve the public interest -- have won some of the most transformative policy fights in recent times. The culmination of those experiences, of fighting and winning on behalf of public interest causes, is presented here in a new theory for social change. Successful campaigns and movements must possess a lobbyist's combined approach to policy, politics, and press. Leveraging these 3 Ps, with true passion and discipline, can create results that are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

An insightful first-person guide to advocacy by a white-hat lobbyist who was in the rooms where historic social changes were made, HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER is a direct and honest look at government in action and the behind-the-scenes players who help make progress a reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538700167
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 305,900
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tom Sheridan is the nation's foremost advocate for public interest causes and social impact. His career spans more than 30 years and has touched nearly all of the transformative social issues of our time, both domestically and internationally. From the AIDS pandemic with Bono to 21st century social innovation, Tom has used his heart and his head to lead successful strategies that have changed the world. He is a social worker by profession and a rare "white hat" lobbyist by trade. Tom is married to Vince Walsh. They live in Washington, DC and Lewes, DE with their two dogs and two horses.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Aids and the Ryan White Care Act: "If it's good enough for Mother Teresa, it's good enough for you" 1

Chapter 2 Debt, Trade, and Extreme Poverty: "A rock star, a Kennedy, and a social worker walk into a bar…" 58

Chapter 3 The Americans with Disabilities Act: "The stone soup of politics: coalitions" 90

Chapter 4 Combating Human Trafficking: "One person's vision can catalyze change" 126

Chapter 5 One Voice Against Cancer: "Create and foster a spirit of coopetition" 153

Chapter 6 Save the Children Action Network: "Betray conventional wisdom and think bigger" 181

Chapter 7 Taking America Forward: "Social entrepreneurs flock like eagles-they don't" 211

Chapter 8 Voices for National Service: "All politics is local; make it count at home" 238

Epilogue 265

Acknowledgments 269

Index 275

About the Author 284

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