Avaaz is considered to be the worlds most prodigious and formidable online voice for the activist. The online activist site puts a spotlight on issues like climate change, human rights, poverty, animal rights, conflict, and corruption. Avaaz is the Persian term for voice. The site founded by Ricken Patel has echoed the problems of the world since 2007. Patel has a background in politics, philosophy, economics from Balliol College, Oxford University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and more about online activism.
Other co-founders of Avaaz also include Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, former Virginia Congressman, Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn, David Madden, Australian Entrepreneur, Jeremy Heimans, Purpose.com, and Andrea Woodhouse. MoveOn.org and Service Employees International Union are also part of the co-founding cooperative. Funding for Avaaz has raised over $20 million in donations through individual members since 2009. Canvassing for Avaaz in over 30 countries is managed by a team of campaigners. Communicating via email with members to carry out campaigns such as petitions and videos. In some cases, Avaaz engages legal counsel on how to move forward with a particular contention. They also call attention to important discord by utilizing phone-ins, sit-ins, rallies, and other media publicity tricks and more
Avaaz’s calling is to unite idealists in supporting causes that are ongoing and escalating like climate change, growing refugee issues, Monsanto, and many other challenging matters. Avaaz has also been involved with establishing no-fly zones over Lybia, setting up internet access in Iran to protest the presidential elections, civil uprising after the Syrian Civil War and campaigning to defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 elections.