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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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  320: Diverse Groups Join Together to Form The Global Safe Food Alliance

"A dozen groups in the US have come together to form a coalition with the mission to 'mobilize a large, broad based grassroots movement to advocate a food supply that is safe, wholesome and humanely produced in a sustainable manner that benefits consumers, workers, farmers, animals and the environment.' This new Global Safe Food Alliance brings together Family Farm Defenders, the Cancer Prevention ... 

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  635: Survival International campaigns for indigenous Udege of Siberia

The Udege are one of around 30 distinct tribal peoples living in Siberia, who are collectively known as the 'northern peoples'. They live in the far south-east of Siberia, where winters are long and extremely cold. Their densely forested land is also home to many endangered species of flora and fauna, and to the rare Siberian tiger. To the Udege, both the tigers and bears who share t... 

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  186: Peace Education Programme enables divided ethnic groups to begin the process of reconciliation

"In 1997, five years after a bloody war between rival Tiv and Jukun ethnic factions ended, the Wukari region of Nigeria remained in the ruins of a ?graveyard peace?. The Tiv were still conspicuously absent from the area, the economy had collapsed and the Jukun were reluctant to negotiate any real settlement with the Tiv for fear of losing the advantage gained during the war. The Jukun also now compl... 

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  437: Nonviolent Solidarity transforms former Communist bloc

"(full text):
The fall of the Berlin Wall, November 9, 1989, is a symbol of the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communism. But the drama of masses of people chipping away the stone that separated East from West was one moment in a series of largely nonviolent transformations in six countries: Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.

In Poland the Solidarity movemen... 

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  573: Promoting environmental stewardship in rural and Pygmy communities in Cameroon

"To promote the preservation and sustainable management of forests in Cameroon, Africa, local activists there are encouraging rural villages and Pygmy communities to practice environmental stewardship. This is being done by the establishment of locally run tree nurseries in villages and the publication of comics, signs, radio programs, and a newsletter to educate the public about sustainable managem... 

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