Change.org Acquires European Campaigns Platform, Creating World's Largest Social Activism Platform
Ubiquitous U.S. online campaign platform Change.org has acquired Actuable, its European equivalent, creating what will be the world's largest social activism platform. From the Change.org statement on the acquisition:
The announcement follows a period of record growth in global online campaigning. Over the last year, both Change.org and Actuable have been used to drive hundreds of prominent social change campaigns, with dozens of online petition campaigns going viral and regularly gaining the support of hundreds of thousands of people in more than 175 countries around the world. The two platforms have almost quadrupled the size of their memberships since the beginning of the year and together expect to have tens of millions of members over the next couple years....
“We have been watching Actuable’s impressive growth as a social action platform since the beginning of the year,” said Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of Change.org. “They have empowered everyday citizens to compel Spanish consulates to register children of gay parents, halted the deportation of political exiles, ended various cases of animal abuse and empowered hundreds of thousands of people across Europe along the way. Actuable has clearly shown the world that they can help hundreds of thousands of people to create change in their communities, and we believe that together we can inspire a radical shift in the way people all over the world perceive their ability to create meaningful change in their community, city and country.”
Noteworthy Change.org campaigns that have helped drive social change include a successful effort by South African lesbians to get the South African government to address the issue of "corrective rape" in the country and a campaign to build worldwide awareness and support for Saudi Arabian women drivers. For its part, Actuable attracted 200,000 people to its #SpanishRevolution campaign focused on the right to protest and government accountability, among other successful efforts.
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