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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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  828: Resistance in the Americas: Workers Party and Participatory Budget in Brazil


The Participatory Budget is the medium, whereby disposition to decentralize power and promote an active civic participation materializes. The decisions are no longer taken in the Ministry of Economy but in 497 municipalities distributed throughout the whole State. In turn, civic participation in those grassroots' discussions has grown from 190,000 people that participated in the first assemblies... 

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  841: Marketing cooperative saves rainforest, forestalls guerillas


A strategy utilizing a marketing cooperative was developed that enabled the Quechua natives of Ecuador to obtain higher prices and develop better distribution for their sustainably produced crops and crafts. This alleviated the necessity of harvesting the old growth rainforest while preserving environmental integrity. Additionally, it resulted in the dissolution of the growing FARC guerilla grou... 

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  503: Alternatives to Motorized Vehicles in Vietnamese Cities

"In Vietnam, the streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are being strangled, slowly, by aggressive, honking motorized vehicles. By 8:00 am, the streets are full to capacity as activity bursts forth. Motorcycles are everywhere, weaving, accelerating, and swerving within a hair's breadth of each other. Everybody seems to want a motorbike. One of the more popular brands is the Honda Dream. But with eve... 

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  453: India?s Van Gujar people protect their lifestyle in India

"The Van Gujars are a nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoral people who spend the winter months in forests near the cities of Dehradun and Hardwar. In the summer they move to the Himalayas in search of green pastures for their buffaloes, returning to the plains only with the onset of winter.

When the government decided to turn their winter forest home into the Rajaji National Park, they were told ... 

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  792: Preparing Slum Children For the Outer World

"The WHY Programme provides educational and personal skills training to children in one slum in New Delhi. It provides them with the supplementary support that neither the basic schools they attend nor their illiterate parents at home can.... 

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