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The Avaaz Organization Excels in Saving Our Human Rights, Eco-Systems and Animals

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An amazingly successful civic organization called Avaaz are promoters of global activism. They fight for issues on human rights, corruption, poverty, animal rights, and conflicts around the globe. Their unique name translates from a Persian word, Avaaz, which means song or voice. Because there is a similarity of similar words in most languages, it is universal.

Ricken Patel, the founding president, and executive director is Canadian-British and dedicated to the issues they face. He attended Balliol College, Oxford University studying politics, economics, and philosophy. He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy obtained from Harvard University. He has worked in Sierra Leone, the Sudan, Afghanistan, and Liberia with the International Crisis Group.

They headed the People’s Climate Marches in 2014 and 2015, which turned out to be the largest mobilisations on climate change in history. There were over 1.5 million people who marched for this issue to end the use of Fossil Fuels. This march was what started political momentum, as it was classified as a wake-up call for politicians. The members of Avaaz worked with different governments and brought over 30 world leaders and cabinet ministers into the marches, which included the UN Secretary General.

They have been instrumental in creating large marine reserves and been a significant force in the biggest ocean conservation successes in history. In today’s world acidification is destroying our coral reefs, and it could possibly take millions of years for our ocean ecosystems to recover from overfishing. The answer is to let marine life regenerate without human interference in marine protected areas. In 2016 the largest protected area on our planet in the beautiful waters of Hawaii was created by President Obama.

The organization has, in order to rebuild and save lives in the aftermath of natural disasters, donated tens of millions of dollars, yen, and euros. It is, they said, the proudest moment in terms of the number of lives saved after these disasters.


Going Beyond the Borders with Honey Birdette

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Honey Birdette which is an Australian-based lingerie brand announced on the Industry London about launching their US e-commerce website. Honey Birdette also talked about their plans to grow its UK retail portfolio from the current 3 stores to 40 stores by the year 2018. In 2006, Eloise Monaghan who is an entrepreneur founded Honey Birdette in Brisbane. The lingerie brand made a decision to launch the US website after their online sales in the US grew by 374% in the last one year. This new e-commerce site is aimed to improve the experience of the clients according to Monaghan. It will also lead to faster deliveries with free deliveries for orders more than $50, easier returns and also an extended product range for the clients in the US.
Honey Birdette also has plans to open retail stores at the US and also to increase the number of stores in the UK. The first store to be opened by Honey Birdette outside of Australia was in Covent Garden in London. It later opened two more stores in Victoria Gate, Leeds and the Westfield White City. According to Eloise Monaghan, the company plans to open ten more stores in the UK including cities like Liverpool, Westfield, Leeds, Newcastle and Stratford. Currently, Honey Birdette owns 55 stores in Australia and plans to venture in other European premium locations.
The Premium label will cost a customer $60 for the bra and $35 for the Briefs. Honey Birdette is backed by BBRC, a private investment firm. The lingerie brand deals with provocative inner wears and is the first lingerie wear of its kind in Australia. The company also provides bedroom toys and other accessories. The founder, Eloise Monaghan started the company in 2006 after she and a friend looked for provocative inner wear to no avail.


Doug Levitts incredible 120,000 mile journey around the world

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Doug Levitt is a popular writer and editor that traveled 70,000 miles in seven years and documented his observations along the way in his novel, “The Greyhound Diaries.” His diary has all kinds of songs, images and articles of text about what he saw. He travels around the world on Greyhound buses.


The traveling has really opened his eyes to the different living conditions in each neighborhood. Levitt has learned a lot about poverty in different areas of the globe. In 2004 he started his journey. Levitt was well aware for the statistics on poverty around the globe. He saw that it was becoming somewhat of a crisis and was asking himself about what can be done to help better the nation. At first he was only planning on the trip lasting six weeks.


As the trip painted a better picture of what America’s history looked like he decided to continue on the trip riding Greyhound buses. When he first started traveling there were around 49 million humans living in poverty which is like taking the five biggest states from the United States and putting them together. Nearly one out of every fifteenth person in the world is either living in poverty right now or has at one point in their life.


The point of his trip was to help those living comfortable lives better understand the bridge between the lower and middle class. The diversity of the greyhound bus system and their determination was what gave Levitt the motivation to keep moving along his journey.


The similarity between all passengers was that they most likely couldn’t afford to drive or fly. That helped bring the group together as one. Then the classes begin to disappear as everyone is treated fairly. All people have stories of their experiences.


Doug Levitt is a singer and writer most famous for his traveling 120,000 miles on Greyhound bus over eleven years and documenting his findings. He shared his findings at numerous hospitals and health centers. Levitt’s journey has been features on numerous television shows such as MSNBC, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.


Pushing Boundaries through Aesthetic Beauty

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Art collecting is a talent among talents. It takes a very observant man to appreciate aesthetic beauty and its true value. Not all we see and view in art is accomplished by those great masters. One man has set the bar for seeking out these great works and has determined their value over the course of his life, that man is Adam Sender. Sender is a world famous art collector and has an eye for contemporary pieces. His collection includes art masters such as Keith Haring, Martin Kippenberger and Dan Flavin.

Sender has been collecting these great works since the early 90s. In an interview in Miami, FL Sender addressed how in the 90s great works of art were more affordable. He commented that some pieces in his own collection would not be affordable now.

What makes an art collector like Sender great? It is not that they simply collect art. It is how they collect it and how they determine quality in their purchases. Collectors choose their favorite artists, styles, and mediums but they also view art on a whole new scale from the average consumer. These great collectors study what they acquire and determine its value. Their opinions dominate what will become popular among other art collectors. Their influence matters to others who are determining what pieces they want to purchase.

Daring collectors push the boundaries and seek art that they truly like. Collectors must stay true to their art tastes; this is what causes their collections and later their opinions to stand out from the crowd. Great art collectors don’t let society or peer pressure determine how the unique, the bold or the strange will make their way into their collections. This is what draws crowds to these collectors and this is how these collectors become well known in the art world. So whether you are an artist who creates great works or if you are an art collector, remember to push boundaries and stay true to what appeals to you aesthetically.