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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. 

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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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  1052: The Warriors Who Turned to Peace

"Under the guidance of one individual, the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois developed a protocol to be followed when antagonistic parties come together under a temporary agreement or truce. This is part of their peacemaking process.... 

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  330: Gandhi?s Nonviolence Campaign Wins Victory for Indian Independence Struggle

"In 1930 campaign Gandhi formulated a program of political demands and a concrete plan for nonviolent rebellion, including civil disobedience, in order to confront the British Viceroy.

Focusing on the Salt Act (which imposed a heavy tax and a government monopoly), Gandhi set out with disciples on a twenty six day march to the sea to commit civil disobedience by making salt. This was the signa... 

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  925: What is Money? (Interview with Bernard Lietaer)

"What is money? And how well does it work to solve society's ills? Bernard Lietaer, author of the upcoming book Access to Human Wealth: Money beyond Greed and Scarcity (Access Books, 2003), has made a life's work of exploring these questions. Lietaer has been involved in the world of money systems for more than 25 years, and his experience in monetary matters ranges from multinational corporations t... 

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  518: Resources for Environmental Sustainability and Community Design

"Full Text contains various resources addressing environmental sustainability and community design in urban, suburban and rural areas.

Comments:
Please refer to these resources.... 

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  88: Producing Ozone-friendly Refrigerators

"Greenpeace has forced refrigerator manufacturers to produce ozone-friendly refrigerators by combining scientific expertise with consumer power to divide the industry against itself. In the early 1990s, after years of being told by manufacturers that refrigerators that did not use ozone-destroying HFCs and HCFCs would be unsafe, Greenpeace found independent scientists who designed a refrigerator th... 

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