Avaaz is a US-based civics organization that seeks to “unite practical idealists” to support campaigns all over the world in the hopes of better society. Since 2007, they promote activism on issues like human rights, climate change, animal rights, and poverty. The Guardian has even recognized Avaaz as a large and powerful online network of global activists.
The online activism group was founded by groups and individuals who have a similar purpose. Res Publica and Moveon.org are two groups who helped to found the organization.Individuals who have helped to make the group are Ricken Patel (current Avaaz president),Tom Perriello, and Tom Pravda. Ricken Patel has learned how to be an activist through his work with International Crisis Group in Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Liberia and volunteer experience with Moveon.org. They work together with members from over 30 countries to decide on which campaigns and causes to do. Also, they work together to stage stunts, sit-ins, and rallies. Some of the stunts include taking cardboard pigs to the World Health Organization to open the discussion on commercialized pig raising and swine flu.
Avaaz claims to have no set ideology for the group. Their goal is to bring about the world most people want, not the world we currently have. The cause is not important, but the result is. Any cause needs to bring about a better world and a world people want to live in. Avvaz hopes to better the world and the community through their call for activism.