YEARLY POLL TO MEMBERS OF AVAAZ.ORG, March 10th 2015, Received in my emailbox as firstname.lastname@example.org
Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Each year, we set the priorities of our 41 million person strong movement through our all-member poll – now let’s decide together what we’ll win in 2015 !
Dear Avaaz community,
2014 was a huge year. We put nearly 700,000 people on the streets in the largest climate change mobilization in history. Had 4,000 people apply to drop everything and put their lives at risk to help stop Ebola. Won big victories to protect oceans and elephants, stop Monsanto, save the internet, and much more!
What will 2015 bring? It’s time for all of us to decide. Each year, we set our priorities together through our all-member poll – take the poll and bring your voice to our collective vision:
TAKE THE POLL
SEE THE RESULTS https://secure.avaaz.org/en/poll_results_2015/
We’re 41 million people now and rising fast — 41 million caring citizens saying we share the same beliefs, the same values, that we are all part of a human family, bigger than the differences that are so often used to split us apart, and committed to closing the gap between the world we have, and the world we all dream of.
Where will those beliefs, those values, take us this year? Help decide — take the poll now (it only takes a few minutes — and previous years’ results show it can help change the world). Or if you don’t have a few minutes, check out the results page to see the plan emerge and for details on how we’re growing, and winning.
We’re often asked — what is Avaaz ? The core of the answer is: Avaaz is just us – all of us – and all the hopes and dreams and determination we carry together to change the world. But when we come together, we create something we hold in common, something that’s more than the sum of its parts. A vision, and a movement to achieve it. Let’s come together now – to create the vision and the movement the world needs in 2015.
With so much gratitude for everyone in this community,
Ricken, Nataliya, Danny and the whole Avaaz team
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- TAKE THE POLL https://secure.avaaz.org/en/2015_annual_poll_loc/?bhAHaab&v=54985 Annual Poll 2015Thanks so much for taking the Annual Poll !Avaaz is people-powered and people-driven – we have no funders except our community and the community always makes the final decision about whether or not we run a campaign. We do hundreds of polls per year to small samples of our community to make these campaign decisions, but our annual poll allows all of us to participate in setting the overall course of this beautiful movement.The world needs our hope and our impact more than ever. Let’s make some wise choices together…1. ISSUE PRIORITIES First, let’s set our overall compass by prioritizing the issues of greatest need and greatest opportunity for change. In your opinion, how important is it to campaign on each of the following issues in the coming year? Please rate each issue on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest level of priority and 1 is the lowest:1 = lowest . 10 = highest. *ISSUE PRIORITIES First, let’s set our overall compass by prioritizing the issues of greatest need and greatest opportunity for change. In your opinion, how important is it to campaign on each of the following issues in the coming year? Please rate each issue on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest level of priority and : 1 is the lowest , 10 is the highest (my personal priorities are given behind each one )
- Racial and Religious Tolerance, 9
- Climate Change/Global Warming, 10
- Animal Rights, 8
- Gender Equality ,7
- Internet Freedom ,9
- Poverty, Inequality and Economic Injustice ,10
- Education, 9
- Gay/LGBTQ Rights, 7
- Conservation of Forests, Oceans and Biodiversity ,10
- Peace and Security ,10
- Corporate Power and Accountability, 9
- Humanitarian Crises, 8
- Democracy and Political Corruption ,9
- Human Rights, 8
- Disease and Public Health, 9 —————————————————————————————————————————–That gives us some guidance about issue priorities. Avaaz will run many weekly campaigns on these issues this year, but we have to choose to invest more deeply in just a few issues or long-term campaign goals that we return to again and again in weekly campaigns. Here’s a list of possible global campaign goals, narrowed down in part through previous polls of our community. Please choose your top 5: (my own priorities are noted as 1e till the 5e.)
- 2. GLOBAL CAMPAIGN GOALS
- Any issue area we missed ?
- 1e. 50 Million Refugees – refugees are at their highest level since WWII – focus on pushing governments to be willing to take in more refugees.
- Stop the Next Extinction – campaign to curb the poaching, trafficking, and habitat destruction that is leading to rapid species loss and putting elephants, rhinos, leopards, and polar bears on the possible extinction list.
- UN Secretary-General – the world needs a strong UN more than ever, let’s make sure the next leader of the UN is the best person for the job.
- Internet Freedom – advocate for a set of legal reforms to ensure that internet freedom is protected from government and corporate attacks, such as censorship, or letting companies pay to allow their webpages to load faster than others.
- 2e. Every Child in School – continue supporting efforts by civil society groups and the UN to get every child in school worldwide.
- Save the Oceans – keep developing and pursuing new marine reserves to get us closer to the goal of protecting 20% of the world’s oceans.
- Modern Slavery – pursue new strategies to address all forms of slavery, including sex trafficking.
- Challenging ISIS – pushing for the complex local, regional, and international actions that are necessary to defeat the Islamic State.
- Stop suffering in Syria – get governments to provide desperately needed aid and refuge to Syrians fleeing the war and push for a political solution to end this crisis.
- 3e. 100% Clean – get the UN process to adopt 100% clean energy as its goal and get dozens of countries to commit to lead the way.
- Fossil Fuel Subsidies – press governments to end taxpayer subsidies to oil and coal companies and transfer the funds to clean technology.
- Media Reform – create an organization called “Media Watch” to do for media ethics and reform what Human Rights Watch has done for human rights.
- Be the Change – expand on our community’s New Year’s pledge to practice kindness, wisdom and gratitude and get world leaders to join.
- Austerity – debunking and opposing this failed economic policy, which has ravaged poor countries and the EU.
- 4e. Sustainable Development Goals – ensure that the UN sets the best 15 year plan for change this year – on poverty, the environment and corruption.
- Palestine – pushing for recognition, rights, and justice for Palestinians to help promote peace in the region.
- 5e. Take on Monsanto – target Monsanto and the industrial farming and GM lobbies to stop the patenting of seeds, and the devastation of small farmers, and save our food. ——————————————————————————————————————Now let’s think about the most valuable places to put our national campaigning energy over the next year. 1 = lowest. 10 = highestWhile the Avaaz community in each country will make the final decisions about these campaigns, we can globally decide where to focus our energies and which national battles are most important. Please rate importance on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the highest level of priority and 1 is the lowest (numbers in brackets are the size of the Avaaz community in each country): China – Avaaz is banned in China, but the government has a huge affect on many international issues, from climate to poaching — we’ve never focused a team on trying to engage or influence them, and now could be the time. 1 = lowest .10 = Highest (my own priorities are given in nrs. )
- f.e. China – Avaaz is banned in China, but the government has a huge affect on many international issues, from climate to poaching — we’ve never focused a team on trying to engage or influence them, and now could be the time.
- While the Avaaz community in each country will make the final decisions about these campaigns, we can globally decide where to focus our energies and which national battles are most important. Please rate importance on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the highest level of priority and 1 is the lowest (numbers in brackets are the size of the Avaaz community in each country):
- 3. NATIONAL CAMPAIGN GOALS
- Any important global campaign goals we missed ?
- China – Avaaz is banned in China, but the government has a huge affect on many international issues, from climate to poaching — we’ve never focused a team on trying to engage or influence them, and now could be the time. 6
- Russia (900,000) – Russia is slipping into an economic crisis accompanied by abuse of power, but the Russian Avaaz community has been growing – now nearly a million strong. We could grow our community to help build a better future for Russia.7
- UK (1,600,000) – for decades Rupert Murdoch has used his media power to try and pick and choose British Prime Ministers. Now the first British political leader to ever stand up to him could win this year’s election.
- UK (1,600,000) – for decades Rupert Murdoch has used his media power to try and pick and choose British Prime Ministers. Now the first British political leader to ever stand up to him could win this year’s election. 8
- United States (2,180,000) – big corporations have bought the US legislature and made it their base for disrupting global progress. Build a long term fight to end this corporate capture of government. 9
- Spain (1,740,000) – the election this year is a referendum on austerity policies and could bring to power a government that pushes Spain to play a bigger leadership role in international affairs. 6
- Brazil (8,650,000) – the government could reform campaign finance laws by getting corporate money out of politics, dealing a blow to corruption, helping to protect the Amazon, and removing a major obstacle to people-powered positions on many issues. 10 highest
- India (995,000) – a new government and a rising anti-corruption movement offers an opportunity to make progress on crippling levels of corruption. 5
- South Africa (295,000) – 20 years after apartheid, this inspiring democracy is plagued by corruption and violence under President Zuma. Organize South Africans to oppose the worst abuses and honour Mandela’s legacy. 4
- Canada (1,180,000) – one of the worst governments in the world on climate change is up for election this year. Defeating it could simplify global efforts on climate. 3 ________________________________________________________________________________Campaigns is our #1 job, but we also have to invest time and energy in building the community, team, and movement that can run the most effective campaigns. Please rate the following organizational priorities on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most important to focus on this year:*AVAAZ ORGANIZATIONAL/MOVEMENT PRIORITIES
- 1= lowest, 10 = highest (my personal priorities are given in numbers )
- 4. AVAAZ ORGANIZATIONAL/MOVEMENT PRIORITIES
- Any important national focus we missed?
- Campaigns is our #1 job, but we also have to invest time and energy in building the community, team, and movement that can run the most effective campaigns. Please rate the following organizational priorities on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most important to focus on this year: Fundraising – ensuring that we continue to raise the funds necessary to keep our campaigning going and expand it. 8e.
- Fundraising – ensuring that we continue to raise the funds necessary to keep our campaigning going and expand it. 7
- Depth – deepening the opportunities for volunteering and engagement by our community, as well as our shared sense of vision.6e
- Management – ensuring that our team management is strong to keep growing our team and movement without losing excellence. 6
- Brand – building the profile of our movement in the media, to be better known with the public and decision-makers. 8
- Growth – growing the size of our community to be able to hit even heavier on the issues we campaign on. 7
- Impact – focusing on current campaigns to make sure we get the impact we need on pressing global issues right now. 10 highest
- Innovation – staying ahead of the curve in a fast-changing world to figure out what Avaaz needs to become to succeed. 8 ________________________________________________________________________________We’ve made some choices about what types of issues to campaign on, but how to win them? Please rate the following directions or innovations in the Avaaz model based on how important you feel they are to pursue, with 10 being most important:
- 1 = lowest, 10 = highest (my personal priorities are given in numbers )
- 5. NEW DIRECTIONS FOR AVAAZ
- Any priority area we missed?
- Pursue Direct Action/Civil Disobedience – build the capability to take direct action (such as occupations) to capture public imagination and shake the status quo on issues like climate change, where the moral urgency is clear. 10e
- Crowdsource Deeper Community Engagement – build online tools to allow Avaaz members to suggest, rate and create global campaigns to our whole community, as well as volunteer to help with the advocacy and media on every campaign we run. 7e
- Go Political – engage directly with elections, political parties and candidates, possibly placing Avaaz caucuses within political parties, or backing candidates from any party popular with our community, or even establishing new political parties and affiliations.8e
- Avaaz becomes the Media – build a tool that allows any of us to tag a news story or any piece of content on the internet. (e.g. a picture, insightful story, inspiring video or quote). The most tagged items are then featured on a new Avaaz-crowdsourced news and information website. Similar in function to Reddit. 9e
- Go Offline – follow our People’s Climate March with even more distributed, member-led organising of massive offline demonstrations to drive issues like climate change. 5e
- Launch Civic Engagement Factories – set up hubs for training and deploying both staff and volunteers to ensure that Avaaz has a constant offline activism presence in key capitals to make our campaigns felt by decision-makers. 8e
- 6. Which option best describes how you feel about Avaaz? (this gives us a sense of how we’re all feeling about what we’re doing together) Avaaz is awesome — together we can really change the world! ( my personal Feeling about Avaaz may be clear through this underlining J )
- Any great idea for a new direction we missed?
- Avaaz is great — our community does inspiring work
- Avaaz is good — I’m happy to support it
- Avaaz is OK — not sure about how good it is
- Avaaz is not that great
- Avaaz is not good – the work is poor 7. In the last few years, we have used polls to guide our direction, but have also stayed nimble and shifted priorities to react to world events. How would you like us to use this year’s poll ? (my personal choice is the 1e option ) 2e . Regard this poll just as input, and continue to make decisions on a purely nimble basis.
- 3e . Use this poll as a binding mandate from our community about what we should do in the upcoming year.
- 1e . In the last few years, we have used polls to guide our direction, but have also stayed nimble and shifted priorities to react to world events. How would you like us to use this year’s poll? Use this poll as a guide, but continue to stay nimble and react to world events even when this shifts priorities.
That’s It ! Thanks so much for taking the annual poll — click to send us your answers and to see the results so far !