Change.org lets internet users gain support from all over the world for their causes. From Saudi women successfully appealing to then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to oppose the ban on women drivers, to the mother in Berlin who wanted a family-friendly checkout lane at the supermarket without cigarettes and sweets – (both were successful: Clinton dramatically changed her public stance and a local supermarket introduced the checkout idea). These stories, and countless more like them, show how whereas previously only a few people or organisations had the necessary resources to start a campaign, now anybody can – the determining factor in its success is only whether enough people agree strongly enough. The platform now has 40 million users in 196 countries and continues to grow. Worldwide 15,000 petitions are started on Change.org every month, and of those an average of 9.6 per day qualify as “successful” – a rate of around two percent.
Similar platforms are Avaaz and Campact!.