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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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  191: Facilitated Discussions and personal contact enable landmark peace process to begin

"In 1989 Terje Rod Larsen, Director of the FAFO Institute for Applied Social Sciences in Norway, began an extensive social survey of the living conditions of the Palestinians living in Israel?s Gaza Strip and West Bank. His survey was sparked by the seemingly endless violence and bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians that had plagued the occupied territories since 1967. As he talked to more ... 

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  1074: Community Initiates Green Energy Program

"This article discusses the efforts of a ‘good’ or ‘green’ energy program – a community wind turbine - that was initiated in the Dyfi Valley in Wales. The project took five years to implement and it now provides enough energy to supply 50 homes. The article also discusses 3 future ideas for good energy programs that may be implemented.... 

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  304: Project Underground Exposes Submarine Tailings Disposal Practices

"In April 2001, Project Underground organized a workshop in Indonesia, which involved 90 activists, community representatives, scientists and government officials dealing with the problem of mine waste being dumped into oceans (technically known as Submarine Tailings Disposal).

Ocean mine waste dumping is something mining companies (like Newmont Corporation, based in Denver, Colorado) are i... 

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  671: Air Driven Car Joins Alternative Fuel Fleets

"The prototype air car developed by French company MDI is almost ready for serial production, which will begin in France and should be under way in eight plants planned for Spain by 2005.

Guy Negre, the engineer who conceived this zero-pollution car, explained that the first models will be produced at the pilot plant in France in 2004 and that identical plants will be opened in the countries... 

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  1046: Organic Farming and Development

"Victor Matioli's organic pumpkins are plump, his coriander aromatic and his spinach "very soft, sweet, and tasty". His half-acre farm is a former rubbish dump in the heart of east Africa's biggest slum. So arresting is the sight of tall sunflowers growing amid the rust-coloured shacks and dirt paths of Kibera that Matioli and his fellow growers have had to put up a "No photographing" sign to allow... 

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