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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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  1081: Seeds of Peace: An International Model

"The Seeds of Peace internationally recognized program model begins at the International Camp in Maine and continues through follow-up programming at the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem, international youth conferences, regional workshops, educational and professional opportunities, and an adult educator program. This comprehensive system allows participants to develop empathy, r... 

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  567: Wind Power Taking Hold in Europe

"The environmental, resource depletion, social and economic problems associated with hydro and fossil fuel based electrical generation are well known. However, in Europe (the following is the complete article), due to major expansions of wind power in Germany, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Italy, the amount of electricity generated by wind turbines in Europe rose by 30 percent in 1999, b... 

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  356: Volunteer Teaches Better Use of Off Road Vehicles

"Tom Arnold teaches nature lovers how to scout areas torn up by renegade off road vehicle users in Gallatin National Forest, which borders Yellowstone National Park. Such destruction is increasingly common nationwide from irresponsible use of ORVs: off-road motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, four wheelers, swamp buggies, snowmobiles, and Jet Skis. When driven off designated roads and trails, some O... 

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  328: 1923 German Resistance Defeats French Occupation

"The German resistance in 1923 to the French and Belgian occupation of the Ruhr is an example of a very significant nonviolent struggle in support of legitimate government. During this struggle, trade unionists, industrialists, German civil servants, officials and many other people refused to obey or cooperate with the occupation regime even though French repression was very severe. Various types o... 

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  1862: Some simple trenches


Two areca farmers of Sirsi in northern Karnataka, Ganapathy Dattatreya Hegde and his brother-in-law Ananda Subbray Pratakahal have become community leaders, workhorses and heroes, all in one. They have turned a situation of water-scarcity and soil-degradation into one of regeneration.


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