In a world where not everyone can fight for their rights, an organization like Avaaz is a strong and valuable voice for many. Avaaz is an international organization fighting to protect the marginalized by bringing up issues that affect people in real time. The movement handles matters pertaining climate change, animal rights, human rights as well as conflict, corruption, and poverty among others. In fact, it is considered the world’s most powerful activist network.
Like its Persian translated name meaning, Avaaz is a voice or song for the people. Two movements with core values and beliefs founded the organization to fight for social justice. The Res Publica and MoveOn.org both believe in fighting for deliberative democracy, good governance, and public policy advocacy. The two communities received support from the Service Employee International Union, which has been its founding partner.
Avaaz has been able to achieve much of its success because of the people it has at its leadership. An organization, most of the time, is as good as the people running it. Most of the workers in Avaaz are volunteers with a passion for changing how things run around the world. The company’s co-founders include Ricken Patel who is the current President. There is also Eli Pariser who serves as the board chairman, and he was the MoveOn Executive Director. Others include Tom Pravda, the current board secretary, Tom Perriello who is a former congressman from Virginia, Andrea Woodhouse, Jeremy Heimens the co-founder of purpose.com and David Madden, a progressive entrepreneur from Australia. These individuals came together to start the organization because of the common purpose of helping the world get the change it needs.
The organization is mostly funded through voluntary donations from its members. It does not accept payment that is more than USD 5000. The team of over 30 voluntary workers spreads in more than 30 countries communicate via email and achieve their goals through online petitions, video campaigns, and other relevant campaign tactics.