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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:

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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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  702: "Caped Crusaders" dedicate themselves to doing good in the World

"Blazing Echidna (formerly known as Ethan Hughes of Gloucester, Massachusetts) saw needs in the world and set out to fill them. Using his creative love of costume and desire for joyful play and good fun, Echida formed a volunteer band of "superhero" helpers and hit the road to put their energy to good use. He invites anyone willing to don a homemade costume and serve others in need to join him. Ra... 

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  839: Grassroots movements transform the status quo


This is a collection of summaries indicating how grassroots efforts that utilized mass behavioral changes (both legal and illegal) were used to effect transformation of the status quo.


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  257: Conservation and sustainable use of fisheries - ParanĂ¡ river, Argentina

"Local NGOs prepare a management plan in which conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources are combined in a restoration effort of the threatened ParanĂ¡ Medio region of Argentina. Representing the largest hydrological system in South America, the Parana has been threatened with non-sustainable development projects - oriented towards industry and export - which have become the cause of r... 

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  797: India Leading the World In Child Labor Protection

"Nandana Reddy and Damu Acharya have made India a pioneer in addressing children's problems in a changing world. Their work has raised awareness about the plight of labouring children, led to the passing of legislation to protect them and is today, a worldwide movement that enables children to assert themselves in the life around them.... 

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  993: Restoring Trees and Wild Land in Scotland

"The uplands of Southern Scotland are among the most degraded landscapes in Britain. Centuries of deforestation and upland farming have reduced the land from rich deciduous forest to overgrazed 'sheepwalk' - a challenging starting position for restoration ecology! Myrtle Ashmole describes how a decade ago, a group of local volunteers, the Wildwood Group, had the vision of restoring one valley as far... 

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