Avaaz: Innovative Solutions to Social Action

What is Avaaz
Avaaz, meaning voice, is a non-profit organization aimed, “to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere” (About Avaaz, 2016). Within their 10-year period of existence, Avaaz has amassed a strong membership of over 44 million people in more than 194 countries. Avaaz relies on volunteers to help organize and empower people to take action on global issues such as poverty, war, and climate change.

How Avaaz Works
Utilizing technology Avaaz has created a strong online presence and system of supporting networks to promote varying causes. Instead of focusing on one sole concern as their core mission, Avaaz polls members of their community on issues that matter to them the most to determine where to focus their efforts. Global issues are constantly evolving and through community polling, Avaaz is able to determine what concerns are at the forefront and where they will have the most impact at this time. In addition, by keeping members engaged in determining campaign missions, members feel valued, that their voices are heard, and that they can make a difference. To ensure members’ voices stay the focus of Avaaz, they only accept funds from members and never take donations from corporations who may want to shift the Avaaz platform.

Avaaz in Action
A recent example of the power of the community of Avaaz members was in Paris during the Climate Accords. Due to the extensive online networks and supports, Avaaz members organized large marches quickly showing politicians that their constituents care about climate change and want action now.

Become an Avaaz Member
Becoming a member of the Avaaz community is easy. Just go to the Avaaz website and click on About then Our Community and fill in the information to become an Avaaz member.

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