Avaaz’s Incredible Growth
In the world of online activism, Avaaz has caught the attention of many due to its rapid growth and success. Avaaz is a civic organized based in the United States. It was launched in January 2007 by co-founders Ricken Patel, Australian entrepreneur David Madden, Tom Pravda, Jeremy Heimans, Eli Pariser and Andrea Woodhouse.
Patel is currently the executive director and president of Avaaz. This Canadian Brit studied politics, economics, and philosophy at Oxford University. After receiving a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, Patel went on to work for the Internation Crisis Group, a non-profit focused on resolving conflict in violent regions around the world. Since then, he has shifted to a more online-focused activism, working with MoveOn.org and co-founding Avaaz.
On Avaaz’s mission statement, Patel said, “We have no ideology per se. Our mission is to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want. Idealists of the world unite!”
Avaaz works to support progressive causes like climate change, political corruption, human rights, animal rights and poverty. In 2009, Avaaz helped Iranian protesters by setting up internet proxy servers. This allowed the protesters of the Iranian presidential election to upload videos online. In 2011, Avaaz was criticism for supporting a no-fly zone over Libya, leading to military intervention. Throughout the Syrian Civil War, Avaaz supported the civil uprising by funding and training activists in internet communications. In 2016, Avaaz campaigned against the presidential election of Donald Trump with a slogan called, “Defeat Donald Trump.”