There is no other online organization that can boast of 30 million members around the globe whose goal it is to address human and animal rights abuse. Avaaz is just such an organization whose founder is Ricken Patel. Mr. Patel graduated from Oxford and Harvard where he wrote thesis on ‘non-military protection of civilians in areas of conflict.
Mr. Patel attended the John F. Kennedy school of government as an intern. Mr. Patel also serviced as an intern at the United Nations for Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general. His world events humanitarianism drove him to be a consultant for the International Crisis Group, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Care International and the International Centre for Transitional Justice.
In just six years, Avaaz has become a global activism group that means business. Their activism has been witnessed around the globe in issues like: save the Great Barrier Reef, Costa Rica homophobia abuses, Syrian civil war, save the honey bees, stop Serengeti animal abuse, save the world’s best bank, help a Masai tribe, support Edward Snowden, save the Arctic, stop rape and murder for profit, and hundreds of other campaigns. Whatever the Avaaz CEO and his team choose to address that month, is what their members will take action on.
Membership in Avaaz makes you an ‘Avaazer.’ An Avaazer signs up on the website. There are no annual renewals, no subscription or membership campaigns. All you do is agree to become an Avaazer. If you choose not to do anything else, that is fine. Avaazers will receive weekly e-mails describing what activist campaigns are being addressed at that time.
Avaaz online protests or campaigns are called ‘clickativism.’ You may only be required to sign an online petition, send the e-mail to a friend, like them on Facebook or make a donation. Avaaz has staff in 30 countries with the largest number of staff members in France, Brazil, Germany, the U.S. and India. The staff members are divided up by territories so that e-mails are sent to members in particular parts of the world.