Avaaz, meaning “voice”, was created in 2007 in order to unite idealists all over the world and with their combined efforts, find solutions to issues such as animal and human rights, climate change, corruption, conflict, and poverty. The organization is online based in order to be accessible to a large number of people from all over. Cofounded by Res Publica, Avaaz was launched as an American non-profit group that works to connect a large number of professionals that are interested in bettering the world in any way through democracy and progressive ideas.
The organization’s president and executive director, Ricken Patel, has a Mastering Public Policy from Harvard and has worked all over the world in response to the International Crisis Group. He is using his experience with travel and dealings with corrupt political systems to create a universal online hub for activism. Currently, over thirty countries are represented by the Avaaz global campaign team. They organize rallies, sit-ins, and media stunts in order to gain more publicity for their projects. Thanks to thousands of volunteers, Avaaz is able to put together protests and government lobbying.
Since its launch, Avaaz has managed to united people from all over and empower them to be able to take action in some of the pressing issues we face today, such as climate change and the growing concerns for families ravaged by poverty. This organization seeks to give a voice to each individual. Avaaz’s main ideology is that together, all those people combined into one large force, they can accomplish anything. Every day they work to build a bridge between the currently reality of the world, and their picture of what the world could potentially be. They seek equal treatment, fairness, and hope to give a voice to everyone who may feel beaten down or insignificant.
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