Press Release

Common Sense Society Wins Gold in 2021 Shorty Impact Awards

November 15, 2021

International nonprofit wins prestigious award for 9/11 #WhereWereYou Social Engagement Campaign.

WASHINGTON, D.C.Common Sense Society (CSS), a leading international educational network, announced today that the nonprofit is a gold recipient of the 2021 Shorty Impact Awards. CSS, in partnership with Iron Light Labs, won a Shorty Award in the Social Engagement category for the organization’s #WhereWereYou September 11th social media campaign.

The Shorty Impact Awards is an international awards program created to raise global awareness around the positive impact that brands, agencies, and nonprofits can have on society through social media. Throughout the duration of the campaign, CSS inspired 9/11 survivors, their families, and others to share their stories with the goal of reminding us all that history matters. Other winners in the Social Engagement category include CNN, Paramount+, and the American Red Cross, to name a few.

“We are honored to win gold in this year’s Shorty Impact Awards,” said Elizabeth Stiff, Chief Communications Officer of Common Sense Society. “History matters, but the sad truth is that the significance of September 11th is fading from our national memory with each generation, especially among global youth who have no reference point or personal connection to how much our world changed on that day. Through our #WhereWereYou campaign, CSS brought together thousands of American’s stories, and thousands of teachers used our 9/11 lesson plan so students never forget.”

For more information on the Shorty Impact Awards, please visit their website. You can find more information about CSS here.

Common Sense Society (CSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes liberty, prosperity, and beauty through education and public discourse. The educational fellowships, curriculum resources, publications, cultural programs, community initiatives, and national campaigns of CSS illuminate the enduring ideas that have transformed the course of human history for the better. CSS does not accept funding from governments or political parties.


For more information or to set up an interview with Elizabeth Stiff, please contact Emily Soper at

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