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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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  459: Cartoonist makes an impact with dissenting view

"On Thanksgiving Day 2001, with President Bush's approval ratings hovering around 90 percent, 20 million American households opened their newspapers to see a little black kid named Huey Freeman leading the pre-turkey prayer.

"Ahem," began the unsmiling youth. "In this time of war against Osama bin Laden and the oppressive Taliban regime, we are thankful that OUR leader isn't the spoiled son o... 

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  158: Education in Personal Transformation forms basis for agreement between hill and valley people

"Personal transformation training by non-violent grassroots organization helps forge peaceful approaches to impending violence in North East India.

Following India's independence in 1947, the North East of the country was plagued by a series of secessionist uprisings. In 1956 the struggle for an independent Nagaland by indigenous peoples turned violent, and even the promise of full statehoo... 

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  458: Pastor's Gift of "Talents" Multiplies


A pastor who handed out money to parishioners and urged them .to "go forth and do good in the name of God" has seen his idea inspire thousands of acts of kindness across the country. It began when Pastor Denny Bellesi gave $100 to each of 100 randomly chosen members of his Coast Hills Community Church in. Orange County.

The original $10,000 has since turned into at least $500,000 in ... 

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  560: Swedish Government Presents Progressive Environmental Bill

"Currently, the environmental quality of life is threatened on a global scale. In response, the Swedish Government in May 2001 presented a bill that sets out 60 measurable targets with timetables for achieving 15 environmental quality objectives. The 15 aims are: reduced impact on climate change; clean air; natural acidification only; a nontoxic environment; a protective ozone layer; a radiation-sa... 

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  813: Helpful tactics for women in politics

"With more women in US elective office than ever before, running as a female candidate is no longer as difficult as it was. That doesn't mean it's easy. At last count, women made up a majority of U.S. citizens, outnumbering men by at least 6 million. It will surprise no one that this majority is not reflected at any level of government.

"There's no question there's been progress," says Carol... 

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