Avaaz is a progressive NGO and civic organisation based in the United States. It was started in January 2007. Avaaz promotes international activism on several general problems which are among poverty, climate change, animal rights, human rights, conflict, and corruption. It is considered the most extensive and most influential online activist network globally.
The name, Avaaz, was chosen from a Sanskrit term that means voice. Res publica and MoveOn Org. co-founded the organization and, Service Employees International Union supported them. The co-founders are; Ricken Patel, Tom Pravda, MoveOn executive director Eli Pariser, Andrea Woodhouse, Australian progressive entrepreneur Jeremy Heimans, David Madden, former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello. The board is made up of Ricken Patel as the founding president and CEO, Ian Bassin, and Sam Barratt.
The chief executive officer of Avaaz, Ricken Patel, studied politics, philosophy, economics at Balliol College, Oxford University. Later he received masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. He also worked for the international crisis group around the world where he learned to bring forces to the table, to bring forth public assurance on the political system and to spot when there was manipulation on foreign forces. Later on, he moved back to the U.S where he volunteered for MoveOn Org. and learned to use online handles for the purposes of activism.
Since the year 2009, Avaaz has only relied on charity from generous individuals and has now raised over twenty million dollars instead of taking donations from governments or corporations.
Avaaz conducts campaigns through a team of campaigners working from over 30 countries like UK, India, Brazil, and Lebanon. To communicate with members, they send emails and also apply campaign tactics like videos, online public petitions, and the email-your–leader tools. Avaaz uses petition, demonstrations, and also supports independent press in conflict areas.
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