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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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  1846: 40 Billionaires Pledge to Give Away Half of Their Wealth


2010 - A little over a year after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began hatching a plan over dinner to persuade America's wealthiest people to give most of their fortunes to charity, more than three-dozen individuals and families have agreed to take part, campaign organizers announced Wednesday. In addition to Buffett and Gates — America's two wealthiest individuals, with a combined net wor... 

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  1035: Taking Action and Changing Minds

"This story details the work of Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.

The organization works out of Illinois and was designed to raise awareness regarding the ongoing Israel/Palestine issues, and to promote cross-cultural peace building. The initial approach of the organization was to introduce themselves through a “community education and dialogue series.” I... 

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  871: East Timor launches new nation with high hopes

"Against all odds, on August 30, 1999, despite a violent campaign of intimidation, 78.5 percent of the Timorese voted for independence. Incensed and humiliated, the Indonesian military and its proxy militias laid waste to most of East Timor in three weeks, destroyed 80 percent of the buildings and butchered thousands of unarmed civilians. This televised bloodbath prompted the world to act, and an Au... 

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  475: Coalition Halts Nuke Dump

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A company named "US Ecology" was hoping to add a radioactive waste dump to the ecology of 1,000 acres of Indian land 18 miles from the Colorado River in California. The state and its utilities needed federal approval to transfer the land, which was sacred Indian land, home to an endangered desert tortoise and above an aquifer with pathways to the Colorado River. Despite this, in ... 

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  118: Litigation yields better worker safety standards

"In September 1992, the U.S. Department of Labor issued rules that required a reduction of at least 95 percent in allowable workplace exposure to cadmium, which can cause lung cancer and kidney disease. This battle was won in the courts thanks to the persistence of the Public Citizen Litigation Group and Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

The regulation, issued by the Occupational Safet... 

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