Common Sense Society was founded as a debating forum in 2009 by a group of American and European university students. They aimed to explore the ideas that have shaped our history and will greatly influence our future. In doing so, CSS became a celebration of the moral, social, political, and cultural inheritance which has formed our common civilization.
Today, Common Sense Society has spread across Europe and North America. Our National Branches offer different resources and programming, but our mission is the same: Advance the ideas of liberty, prosperity, and a culture that fosters human happiness—aspirations that all people, in all places, can achieve.
CSS is an independent, strictly non-partisan educational foundation funded exclusively by private and corporate donations and does not accept government grants or contracts. In recognition of our early achievements, CSS received the 2010 Templeton Freedom Award in social entrepreneurship, among an international pool of 132 nominated organizations.