Avaaz is an organization based in the United States and was launched in the year 2007. It is an organization that deals with human right animal rights, climate change, conflict, and poverty. It is an online company that is considered by the guardian as the world’s largest online activist network. It derived its name from a Persian word ‘Avaz’ that stands for voice or song. The name also was chosen for it exists in many languages across the globe and also related to many words in other languages. The word voice in the English language is also linked to the name and more information click here.
Avaaz was co-founded by many organizations around the globe such as Res Publica which is a community of public sector professional, the MoveOn.org an American Advocate Group and the Service Employees International Union. The individual co-founders of Avaaz include Tom Pravda who was formally a Virginian Congressman, Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello executive director of MoveOn, David Madden an Australian entrepreneur, Andre Woodhouse and Jeremy Heimans who is a co-founder in Purpose.com.
The executive director who is also the president of the company is Ricken Patel. Ricken Patel is a Canadian-British holding a PPE degree from the Balliol College, Oxford University. Later he attained his master’s degree from Harvard University. He started off in his career in international crisis group in many countries around the world. He has worked with the company in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Afghanistan. He says that managed to bring the rebels together into negotiation and restore faith in people in an otherwise corrupt system. Later on, he returned to the United States and joined the MoveOn.org and learned how to employ online tools for activism. Avaaz receives not the funding or donations from corporations or foundations. The Guardian reported that the organization only receives a generous donation of individual members and follow its Twitter.
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