Avaaz is a renowned civic organization that was incorporated in January 2007. The US based institution promotes global activism on climate change, animal rights, human rights, conflict, poverty, and corruption. The Guardian regards it as the biggest and powerful online activist network. The word Avaaz means voice in a number of European, Asian, and Middle Eastern languages. Over the years, Avaaz has been focusing on a simple democratic mission of organizing citizens of all countries to bridge the gap between the world that people have and the globe that most individuals desire.
Avaaz empowers people to take action on pushing global, regional, and national issues. These issues range from conflict to climate change. Its model of internet organizing enables individual efforts from thousands of people to be rapidly linked into a strong collective force.
Avaaz.org was co-established by Res Publica, which is a community of public sector experts committed to advancing good governance, deliberative democracy, and civic virtue. Additionally, the entity is affiliated with an American non-profit, MoveOn.org, a progressive public policy advocacy assemblage. Avaaz is also backed by Service Employees International Union, as a founding partner.
The individual co-founders of Avaaz comprise Tom Pravda, Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello, who is the former Virginia Congressman, and Eli Pariser, MoveOn’s executive director. The other co-founders are David Madden, an Australian progressive entrepreneur, Andre Woodhouse, and Jeremy Heimans. Avaaz’s board comprises Ricken Patel, Eli Pariser, Tom Pravda, and Ben Brandzel. Patel serves as the president of the institution while Pravda serves as the secretary. Pariser and Brandzel render their services as the board chairman and treasurer respectively.
The Avaaz community is served by a main team on 6 continents along with thousands of volunteers. The entity takes action by signing petitions, emailing, direct actions, funding media campaigns, lobbying governments, and organizing events and protests. Avaaz undertakes these actions to ensure that the values and views of the people inform the decisions that affect them all.