Avaaz which means ‘voice’ in some of the European, Asian and Middle East languages, is an online movement that seeks to bring people together to fight a common enemy; any injustice and pressing issues such as climate changes, corruption among other problems.
It does this by empowering them through media campaigns, through emails, inspiring action and even signing petitions. Use of internet in coordinating their activities is what makes Avaaz the most coveted organization. It reaches millions of people and makes their voices heard as fast as possible.
The web based activism revolution was founded in 2007 by two groups; Res Publica and MoveOn.org. Res Publica had a goal of unity all the community experts who had same objectives; advocating for transparency by the authorities, upholding community values, and democracy- doing the will of the people.
MoveOn.org on the other side is a non-profit organization based in America promoting respect of public policies. Both organizations came together to fight for compliance with human rights and be the voice for the voiceless.
While Avaaz may have been made stronger by these two activist groups, it is worth noting appreciating the individual contributions of the co-founders of Avaaz.org who happen to be core players in the co-joined groups.
Ricken Patel is the founding president and the chairman of Avaaz.org groups and has a record of public service. He has served globally under International Crisis Group.
Patel’s ability to foster negotiations and agreements may be attributed to his extensive experience in the field and even his studies. He is the graduate of politics, philosophy, and economics (PPE) at the Balliol College based at Oxford University.
Patel later received his Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Avaaz unlike some other organizations, do not accept any government or any company’s funding. They do this to protect their autonomy of acting on their priorities.
But instead, rely on its members’ contributions which in turn make them accountable and free. The spirit of growing together has kept Avaaz going and focusing on the same values keeps them always glued on the mission.
For more information on Avaaz follow them on Twitter @avaaz