Avaaz Works to Empower Citizens Around the World

July 26th, 2018 by admin
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Begun in January 2007, Avaaz is an online site dedicated to empowering people to take action on such issues as climate change, poverty, conflict and corruption. It allows citizens all over the world to organize in order to lobby governments and global organizations such as the World Health Organization, to fund media campaigns, to offer petitions as well as organizing emailing and calling campaigns and organize on the ground protests and other events. The co-founders are Res Publica and MoveOn and the Service Employees International Union is a founding partner.

Ricken Patel is Avaaz’s founding President and CEO. He studied economics, philosophy and politics at Balliol College, Oxford University and from Harvard University, he has a Masters in Public Policy. After working around the world for the International Crisis Group, he returned to the United States and did volunteer work for MoveOn.org and learned how to use internet tools for activism. Other co-founders are former Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello, Australian entrepreneur David Madden, Andrea Woodhouse, Jeremy Heimans, Tom Pravda and MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser. The members of the board are Ricken Patel, Sam Barrat and Ian Bassin.

Every year the organization decides on the overall priorities by polling members on campaign ideas and only the initiatives that receive a robust reaction are put into action. Many of the most successful campaigns are ideas that came from members rather than staff and staff are there more to aid members in implementing the campaigns rather than push their agenda and try to persuade members to follow along. Fully funded by its membership, Avaaz receives no corporate or government funds so is not influenced by corporations or governments.

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