Avaaz is a civic organization that endorses global activism on issues like climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption, and politics. These are issues that affect people of the world today. It was launched in 2007 and is based in the United States. Avaaz was co-founded by a community of public sector professionals devoted to promoting civic virtue, democracy, and civil governance, better known as Res Publica. It is led by Ricken Patel, a Canadian British who is a masters holder in public policy from Harvard University. He plays the role of founding president and CEO.
Avaaz is funded by individual members and is opposed to receiving donations from cooperations and organizations. It supports causes considered to be progressive like building global support for refugees, calling for global action on climate change and challenging Monsanto. Its mission is to try and reduce the gap between the current world situation and the world that is desired by individuals from all over the world. It organizes global campaigns managed by a team of campaigners working from well 30 countries. Communiqué is done by email, and they employ tactics like online public petitions, videos, and email-your-leader tools.
The organization aims at reaching out to everyone globally. Apart from having campaigners from all over the globe, it has also employed means like YouTube. It is a holder of a YouTube channel with the title Avaaz which has garnered over 6800 subscribers and published more than 200 videos in a variety of languages to cater to people from all over the world.
Avaaz has recently started a community petitions platform that is supporting thousands to start and win campaigns, at the local, national, and international levels. The organization keeps growing every day and influencing more and more, so much that the guardian considers it “the globe’s most powerful online activist network.”