The world faces a multitude of challenges from climate change to poverty to human rights. Now, one civic organization is looking to bring about positive change to every corner of the planet. That organization, Avaaz, has been helping people across the world for the past decade. Founded in 2007, Avaaz is a civic organization based in the United States. Among the issues addressed by the organization include climate change, corruption, poverty, conflict, and human rights. The organization was considered by the newspaper The Guardian to be one of the most influential and powerful civic networks on the planet.
The organization was co-founded by Res Publica almost a decade ago as well as MoveOn.org. Among the individuals involved in the co-founding of Avaaz include Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, Ricken Patel, as well as the executive director of MoveOn.org, Eli Pariser. The organization is currently led by its founding President and Chief Executive Officer Ricken Patel. In the nine years since its founding, Avaaz has won many victories in its fight to bring opportunity as well as end conflict and poverty around the world. Some of the specific changes brought about Avaaz includes its involvement in the Paris Climate Accord. This victory has helped bring an end to widespread fossil fuel use on the planet. Other victories include the defeat of several bills in Congress that would have allowed the government to unilaterally shut down any website.
Avaaz’s biggest innovation to civic activism has been its cutting edge use of technology to organize people and execute demonstrations at a moment’s notice. The organization also sets its priorities by using an online poll made up of its members. In 2016, the poll results allowed Azza to tackle issues such as the creation of large-scale marine reserves, ending public subsidies for dirty energy companies, and fostering more stringent agriculture regulation. Today Avaaz is active on every corner of the planet as well as online. As the organization enters its second decade of activism, Avaaz looks to organize more people to work for positive change. And with over 46 million members, in over 194 countries, Avaaz is well on its way to becoming a formative force in the arena of civic activism.