Magazine article Foreign Policy

89 Ricken Patel: For Proving Web Activism Doesn't Have to Begin and End with a Click

Magazine article Foreign Policy

89 Ricken Patel: For Proving Web Activism Doesn't Have to Begin and End with a Click

Article excerpt

Executive director, Avaaz | New York

Ricken Patel has taken the fuzzy concept of a "global community" and given it teeth. Avaaz, the civic organization he co-founded in 2007, has grown into the world's largest web activism movement. Its more than 16 million members vote on the organization's priorities and direct their donations in support of a wide array of causes, from combating global warming to convincing the Hilton hotel chain to train staff to spot guests trapped in prostitution. In harnessing the Internet as a force for global change, Patel has disproved the notion that such ventures are mere "clicktivism" and has pioneered a new model for advancing human rights and democracy.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Patel, a Canadian who spent his career working as an analyst in conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, modeled Avaaz after the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org, but on a global scale. These days, however, Avaaz has gone far beyond the usual roster of progressive causes, most notably with its daring bid to play a direct role in Syria's civil war. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.