Global activism has long been a tried and true method of working to affect change across the planet in a myriad of causes which includes items such as human rights, animal rights, and climate change. So, the next logical step was to take these petitions and pleas for change to the internet in the form of an online activist network of which Avaaz is probably one of the most well-known and successful of the entries. It is a US-based civic organization with its early roots having been formed in 2007, and now the group which takes its name from the Persian word for “voice” or “song” boasts a platform with over 44 million members looking to make the world a better place one step at a time.
Ricken Patel is one of the co-founders and the current president, and he has helped shape the organization into one that is well respected by so many with related causes. For example, businesses such as the Huffington Post to the Guardian and People Magazine have all had positive things to say about the man who graduated first in his class at Oxford and then went on to pursue his master’s degree at Harvard.
One of the central tenets of the Avaaz civic organization is that they have transformed into a place where no donations from organizations or foundations are accepted, with the individual donor becoming the key component in all of the causes. Donations of more than $5,000 are also not accepted so that the burden is outstretched across a more voluminous group of people. Some of the most heralded causes to be supported by Avaaz are things like the Paris Climate Accord which was a great victory in fighting climate change through the end of fossil fuels and ocean conservation efforts in collaboration with key countries such as Palau. The efforts should only gain further momentum as more and more people become aware of the Avaaz platform and start to leverage it for change in their own locales while also supporting more broader efforts all around the globe.