Avaaz Founder Confirmed to Speak

Submitted by Sarah Pullman on Sat, 2008-04-19 13:14
We're very excited to announce that we've confirmed Ricken Patel as our keynote speaker for the Social Tech Training. Ricken is the co-founder of Avaaz – the world's largest global online advocacy organization.

Avaaz is member-driven, and 3.2 million people strong. If you've been alive, and on the internet, you've almost certainly received (and perhaps signed) one of their petitions in the past year. Just last week, they ran the fastest growing petition of all time, gathering 1.5 million signatures for Tibet. You'll also recognize them from the now-famous campaign that turned the tides in Bali at the climate change talks last December, mobilizing over 300,000 people in 72 hours and forcing governments to listen to the voices of concerned citizens.


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