Mobilize the World: Ben Rattray of Change.org Has Big Plans For The Future
In the interview, Rattray says that this conversation inspired him to stop being passive and find a way to speak out and enact positive changes in his community and the world at large. What he learned in doing so was that there were, "millions of people around the world [who] felt just like [him]." With that, he created Change.org in 2007. Five years later, the online petition platform now has over 20 million users in 196 countries. It has created an effective outlet for those who want to make a change in the world but are unsure about how to start or how to connect to the right people. Whether it's putting an end to school-yard bullying or standing up for animal rights, the site allows anyone to create a petition and mobilize like-minded individuals into action. Despite the positive strides that his organization has achieved so far, Rattray says this is no time to rest on his laurels and that there is still more to be done.
“Every single person, regardless of the country she’s born into or the amount of money in his bank account, should be empowered to make a difference,” says Rattray. His sights are set on revamping and improving the petition process, expanding its offices to more locations across the world and unveiling the new Petition 2.0 with live signature counts and updates on petition statuses. When he's not working with Change.org, Rattray is delivering motivational speeches that empower people to stand up for what they believe in. Named as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012, Rattray is paving the way for change using new technologies to connect people across the world like never before.