Avaaz is a civic organization headquartered in the U.S. The organization was launched in 2007 with the main objective being promoting worldwide activism on different matters such as corruption, conflict, climate change, poverty, animal and human rights. According to The Guardian, the organization is the most powerful and most extensive activist network online. Res Publica and MoveOn.org co-founded the organization. Res Publica comprises of public professionals drawn from different sectors. These professionals are committed to promoting deliberative democracy, civic virtue, and good governance. On the other hand, MoveOn.Org is a public policy progressive advocacy group. Individual co-founders of the organization include Tom Pravda, Ricken Patel, Eli Pariser, Andrea Woodhouse, Jeremy Heimans, and David Madden.
The Leadership of Avaaz
The CEO and founding President of the civic organization is Ricken Patel. Mr. Patel holds a degree in economics, philosophy, and politics from Oxford University. Additionally, the CEO holds a Masters degree in Public Policy. Before Avaaz, Ricken worked with the International Crisis Group where he had an opportunity to travel to different countries including Liberia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Sudan. His many travels taught him a lot including how to oversee elections and how to make the public trust their once corrupt government.
A team of activists working from 30+ countries, including Brazil, Lebanon, India, and the UK manages the company’s global campaigns. The mode of communication is majorly through email. Additionally, activists employ various campaign tactics to communicate. Some of these tactics include videos and online public petitions. Members come up with campaign suggestions assisted by teams of specialists. The organization claims to bring together practical idealists from all over the world. From time to time, Avaaz supports progressive causes such as challenging Monsanto and improving global support for refugees. The organization organized the evacuation of Paul Conroy, a wounded British photographer from Homs. During the evacuation operation, about 13 Syrian activists lost their lives.
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