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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:

  • a source of information
  • a source of encouragement
  • A reminder that you are not struggling alone and that it is not hopeless

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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  1868: Low-cost irrigation system in Pangasinan saves water

"A low-cost irrigation system that efficiently uses scarce water has been established in three villages of this agricultural town. Rep. Mark Cojuangco, who implemented the project, said the surface irrigation system (SIS) made use of abandoned wells of the National Irrigation Administration, surplus jeepney motors and aluminum pipes. Compared with the conventional irrigation system with earth o... 

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  811: Landless rural workers of Brazil win land and move toward organic farming

"Although Brazil is one of the world's major food producers, a third of its population goes hungry. Globalization has only brought more hunger, especially as huge agribusinesses like Monsanto continue to lobby governments to favor introducing GM seed crops. Yet the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) - the Landless Rural Workers Movement - a movement which grew out of violence and des... 

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  290: Punishment for Gluttons


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Punishment for Gluttons

Inside the sprawling mountain chalets of Aspen, Colorado, thermostats are set to keep inhabitants toasty, and spas bubble with water as warm as the Caribbean's. Such hedonistic lifestyles, it goes without saying, require huge amounts of energy. Now Aspen's city council is making bad energy neighbors pay for burdening communities with extra CO2... 

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  14: Forgiveness in a Violent World

"Twenty one year old Tariq Khamisa, while delivering pizzas one night to earn money for college, was shot dead by a fourteen year old who was following directions from gang elders in a robbery attempt gone awry. Tariq was not the target and had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tariq's father, Azim Khamisa, took a retreat to the mountains to cope with the loss of his son and had a ... 

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