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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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  560: Swedish Government Presents Progressive Environmental Bill

"Currently, the environmental quality of life is threatened on a global scale. In response, the Swedish Government in May 2001 presented a bill that sets out 60 measurable targets with timetables for achieving 15 environmental quality objectives. The 15 aims are: reduced impact on climate change; clean air; natural acidification only; a nontoxic environment; a protective ozone layer; a radiation-sa... 

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  949: Creating a Nonviolent Peaceforce

"What might happen if the world had a standing nonviolent army of thousands? Could we transform our response to conflict? What might happen if the world had a standing nonviolent army of thousands? Could we transform our response to conflict? Could we create a radical possibility: a different kind of force, a nonviolent army that could constitute an entirely new and creative response to conflict. ... 

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  497: Two Models for West Papuan Self-Determination


Immersed in trying to gain independence from Indonesian control, the people of West Papua, strive for their independence. They are, to complicate matters, split into two groups. One follows the traditional tribal traditions (DEMMAK - The Penis-Gourd Society) and retains the confidence of the ‘Highlanders” ( who live inland, particularly in mountain areas). The other, the “Lo... 

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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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  70: Halting Oil Exploration in Guatemala

"Local villagers and environmental organizations – in conjunction with Global Response, an international network of letter-writing activists, helped convince the Guatemalan government to cancel oil concessions granted within the Maya Biosphere Reserve and its Buffer zone, recognizing the severe social and environmental impacts oil development could provoke within this fragile area.

The Ma... 

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