Avaaz is a civic nonprofit that lets its members address a wide range of issues that are important to them. The website has been used to fight back against climate change, for instance, as well as defending the rights of both humans and animals. Others have used it to expose corruption in both government and business while others are trying to decrease the rate of poverty in their communities. Any member can submit an idea to Avaaz and if the idea makes its way through the organizations vetting process it is broadcast to all the member of Avaaz via email and on the website.
Ricken Patel was one of the co-founders of Avaaz. He is of Canadian-British descent and now lives in New York City. As the president and chief executive officer he is responsible for running Avaaz and making sure it meets its mission to make the world a better place for regular people around the world. Among the other co-founders of Avaaz was Tom Perriello who once served as one of Virginia’s congressman, David Madden who is an entrepreneur in Australia and backs progressive causes, and Jeremy Heiman’s who was one of the co-founders of Purpose.com.
Ricken Patel has said that the leadership and membership of Avaaz is made up of people that he calls practical idealists. He says that Avaaz doesn’t have any particular ideology, it just wants to improve the lives of all global citizens. Avaaz does work in a progressive way, though, as the members that make it up want action on such things as combatting climate change and fighting back against corporations such as Monsanto. Avaaz have also acted progressively in other ways such as in 2017 they took legal action in the UK to prevent 21st Century Fox’s purchase of the local television network Sky plc.
Their Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/avaaz