Avaaz is a civic organization that takes a unique view on how we change the world. The Avaaz organization’s mission is to connect citizens all over the world so that they can organize to work for causes that make the world a better place to exist in. These causes include humanitarian aid, political movements, peace movements, and civic right protests.
Avaaz stands out as an organization because of their stance that change can happen through the tool of the internet. While some argue that meaninful change occurs when people rally and “take to the streets”, Avaaz has put forth the example of how internet-based protests can manifest as change in the off-line world.The organization shows that when people use online means of raising funds, connecting, and organizing, their protests can happen faster and on a larger scale.
The co-founder of Avaaz, Ricken Patel, stated in an interview with BBC years ago that he saw the internet as simply a tool to be used, and that the results are what matter. The Avaaz mission has resulted in influencing legal cases, organizing thousands of offline events, raising millions of dollars towards humanitarian change, and giving individuals a feeling of hope and power, all over the globe.
The way that individuals can become agents of change is by beleiving that their voice matters. “Avaaz” actually means “voice” or “song” in Middle Eastern and Asian languages. This stands for giving people their voices back. In an age of global communication and transparency, individuals no longer need to settle for the way things have been over the course of history. A global movement of change can inspire individuals across the globe to speak out about what kind of a world they want, and what kind of a world they think is possible. The Avaaz organization uses the internet to give a voice to millions of people.
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