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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
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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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  451: Reclaiming the Future for Ladakhis

"Localized effort in Ladakh, or ?Little Tibet?, in the western Himalayas combats the costly effects of globalisation on the South by supporting diversity through stronger local and regional economies.
Efforts by ISEC and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project, show that ethnic tensions can diminish when people are able to maintain respect for their own culture and economy. These efforts have aimed ... 

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  29: Saving Southern California

"For ten years, Save Our Forest and Ranchlands (SOFAR), run by Duncan McFetridge, a woodworker living forty miles east of San Diego, has been waging a stubborn campaign against the suburbanization of the back country. SOFAR put together a coalition of enviro and community groups including League of Women Voters, surfers, San Diego Baykeeper and assorted defenders of snakes, salamanders, lions and o... 

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  218: Florida paper back on the streets

"(full article, by Gaeta Khatkar)

Vendors of the Hallandale Beach, Florida Homeless Voice are back to work after a legal battle with the city over an ordinance banning the paper's street vendors from selling at city intersections. Meanwhile, the ordinance allowed vendors for the Alami Herald and the South Florida Suva Sentinel to continue with business as usual.
The Homeless Voice is publ... 

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  327: Non Cooperation Tactics Defeat a German Coup d?etat

"Nonviolent action defeated a coup d'etat against the young Weimar Republic of Germany in 1920. This action was launched in support of the legitimate government after that government had fled Berlin. The improvised resistance, which took place without advance preparation or trainings, was something less than a perfect model, but it succeeded.

Following the peaceful abandonment of Berlin on... 

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  867: Books sent into the world for journeys through many hands


When Karin Miller found a paperback abandoned in a Dallas conference room, by one of her favorite authors, she counted herself lucky. But there was more than luck involved. A note on the front cover said 'Please read me. I'm not lost. I'm traveling around trying to make friends.'

This "novel" idea was cooked up by a group of Kansas City-based computer consultants. Their entirely nonp... 

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