Avaaz is a global organization that promotes online activism for a number of social causes. These causes include human and animal rights, conflict, poverty, climate change, and government corruption. It is headquartered in the United State but has supporters and volunteers in nations around the world. It was established in 2007 and has grown a large enough movement to be called the most powerful online activist network by news media such as The Guardian.
In order to start a movement, a contributor submits their idea to Avaaz using their website. These are looked at by a team of specialists who work with the contributor in order to refine the idea. If it shows potential after this process it is emailed to 10,000 random Avaaz members. If they show a significant amount of approval for the idea then it is introduced to everyone on Avaaz’s member list.
This nonprofit organization is called Avaaz because it is a word that means something similar to “voice” in a number of languages including some in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. As it is a global organization, they can send emails to supporters in 17 different languages. Many of their campaigns take place strictly online but some do include in-person participation in an event. These events can include sit-ins, rallies, and sometimes stunts are involved in order to get local media to cover the event.
The Director of Avaaz, Ricken Patel, has said that Avaaz is made up of practical idealists who want to contribute real solutions to solving the world’s problems. Most of their causes are progressive in nature, such as challenging Monsanto on climate change and supporting refugees from other nations. The organization also opposed Donald Trump’s campaign for President of the US by organizing on the internet and introducing a tool that allowed Us citizens overseas to register to vote in an easier way.
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