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We all hear discouraging news about threats and damage to the environment, human rights, etc., and we only rarely hear about people and organizations worldwide who are responding and often finding solutions to these issues. Many of these stories can be found in this databse. The issues that this database seeks to address include peace, social justice, environmental concerns, ethnic conflict, corporate abuse, preservation of biological and cultural heritage, among others.

This collection of over 1,000 instances is intended to provide:

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Included with the successes are also partial or temporary successes, promising but incomplete efforts, and failed efforts that are worth a second look. 


Actions can often be applied to different situations. For instance, a strategy for protecting the environment might also be useful for protecting human rights. So, try browsing to find more valuable strategies and tactics.  Just randomly browse through the database, or look at the "Editor's Choice" cases.

Please keep in mind that there are many factors that make for success or failure in a given situation, and that everything contains the seeds of its opposite. No success or failure is ever complete or permanent.


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  892: Rural Thai Folks Rescue Their Mangrove Forests

"On the morning of September 11, 2002, a small group of determined Muslim men gather in Ban Kang Kao, an isolated fishing village on the Andaman Sea coast of southwestern Thailand. The agenda is simple: The fishermen want to take charge of a 2,600-acre swath of nearby mangrove forest. After being decimated and then abandoned by a charcoal company, which used the wood to make briquettes for barbecue... 

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  322: Denmark Installs World?s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

"Denmark has opened the world's biggest offshore wind farm on the Oresund, the stretch of water across which Copenhagen faces Sweden. The 20 turbines have a combined capacity of 40 megawatts, enough electricity to supply about 30,000 homes, and are funded through a combination of public and private ownership; 10 are public, and the other 10 owned by several thousand shareholders, who can view their... 

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  86: Stopping the sinking of the Brent Spar oil rig

"European environmentalists orchestrated an international campaign of street protests and consumer boycotts against Royal Dutch Shell, the world's largest oil company. Shell was intent on burying an obsolete oil-storage rig at the bottom of the North Sea. Greenpeace and other environmentalists complained that the Brent Spar rig contained toxic sludge that would pollute the marine underworld. Gree... 

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  194: Classic conflict resolution techniques used to break impasse in conflict over breakaway region

"In October 1992 Joe Camplisson, Director of the Northern Ireland based Inter Community Development Services (ICDS), visited Transdniestria as part of his efforts to develop a community development strategy for the region. Transdniestria had broken away from Moldova in 1990, igniting a violent political conflict which threatened the stability of the region.

Concerned with the escalating viole... 

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  933: Two Very Different Coups in South America

"The big business-led coup in Venezuela failed, where international finance's coup in Argentina has succeeded. Greg Palast presents the inside track on two very different power-grabs. Mr. Palast gives a brief political background for each country and then describes what happened in each "coup."

Concluding comments about the coup contrast: "Certainly the Keystone Kops-style plot against C... 

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