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April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance is one of the most profoundly moving organizations I have ever come across in my life. Hence my lifetime commitment to volunteer for them, champion their work and give my money to support them. They are working to address social justice issues, environmental sustainability and spiritual fulfillment and the intersections of these things in our world and life today. It's breathtaking.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ecuador and the United States and know that they are working in many many more countries as well/

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything. The Staff, the donors, the events, the work, the trips. You name it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, dedicated and down-to-earth. Truly committed to their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the way that the environment is stewarded and understood Globally. I have no doubt about that. They work in partnership with their co-founders: indigenous Amazonian and beyond in a way that I believe 100% will REALLY work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance is working to change the dream for the modern world. And they accomplish this beautifully. They have created Symposiums that leave the audience with an artful blend of reality and hope. Their work could be a major part of saving humanity from destroying itself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of people after attending their Symposiums.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance is a group of dedicated people world wide. With a spirit of fun, love and commitment we have made a huge difference in educating people about the environment and our rain forests. We have formed a beautiful relationship with the Achuar, indigenous people of Ecuador.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The support of the Achuar people in the preservation of their rain forest. In educating others about the environment.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep figuring out ways to include more and more people

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to make a difference and support others to make a difference on our planet

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People who are dedicated and easy to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make an impact beyond Ecuador with other indigenous people world wide

Ways to make it better...

I was even more involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting more people to the rain forest in Ecuador to see the work first hand...

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so appreciative to be a part of the Pachamama Alliance

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance's mission is to springboard a new dream for the world; a dream that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just for all. This organization is creating a shift in consciousness that results in people making wiser choices that honor the earth, her inhabitants and all her people. They are incredibly well organized and powerful in their unique grassroots approach to educating and inspiring people into action. They have a profound and proactive partnership with the Indigenous in Ecuador whereby merging the voice of the ancient with the voice of the modern to create a sustainable future for our world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their ability to partner up with the Indigenous and to work with the Ecuadorian government on establishing constitutional rights for the environment and Indigenous.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching them grow from a one person operation in San Francisco 13 years ago to being a successful and powerful movement that is now happening in many countries around the world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most extraordinary and committed people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more staff, do greater outreach and work with businesses, government and corporations on creating healthier and more environmentally sustainable practices.

Ways to make it better...

there were more options for making environmental changes and being involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having ways to really work with businesses and U.S. government

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Pachamama Alliance's mission is a powerful and critical one for our times.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

From it's inception in 1995 the Pachamama Alliance has effectively made a difference in preserving the rain forest in Ecuador. Working with the indigenous Achuar people, an effective campaign was launched that eventually lead to the establishment of a new constitution that gives nature rights. Pachamama's, Awaken the Dreamer Change the Dream symposium continues to awaken attendees to the challenges we face today in the areas of environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. Throughout the process of the symposium a new possibility for the earth unfolds and the participants leave with a new found commitment and hope for creating a better future. The Pachamama Alliance is one of the most effectively run non-profits, I know.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

empowering hundreds of peoples lives.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a long lasting positive impact on the planet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 28, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance has a two-fold mission: to work with indigenous people in Ecuador, to help them preserve their ancestral lands, the rainforest, for the benefit of all of us; and to change, or "awaken" the people in the industrialized world, so that we, too conduct our lives in a way that preserves the health of the planet for all of us. I am particularly moved the soulful quality of all the people around this organization. As a sometime volunteer, it feels like no one lets their ego get in the way, and their work is always fulfilling and fun. They are one of the most effective organizations I have ever had the pleasure of participating with: they have already made a massive impact in helping several Amazon tribes organize themselves as an effective political entity in Ecuador, and have trained over a thousand volunteer workshop leaders in some 15? countries around the globe to deliver their 1/2-day workshop "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream"

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

politically organizing indigenous tribes, and providing a transformational eye-opening experience for thousands of people in the "developed" world, that awakens their innate desire to make a difference.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase volunteer participation 4-fold.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The annual international gatherings of the workshop leaders; and their trips to experience the spirit of the rainforest.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Bright, committed, and inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create even more powerful multi-media tools for the "Awakening" workshop, bring this to perhaps millions, not just thousands of people.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to participate in this compelling work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The sheer enormity of the crises we are all addressing. The task of literally changing the culture and awareness of the industrialized world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Participating with this organization feels like I am somehow participating, and carrying out the work of the rainforest herself.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 28, 2009

When I completed my first "Awakening the Dreamer; Changing the Dream" Symposium, I knew that this was the organization that could make the most difference in the world. The Symposium skillfully demonstrates that environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment -- the very issues that were core in my own life -- are inextricably intertwined and part of a single whole - the possibility for a better life on our planet. I became a volunteer and learned that this understanding has roots in indigenous wisdom. I was moved to go to the Ecuadorian Amazon to learn first-hand about a way of life that has been sustainable for millenia. Pachamama's work in the Amazon (they were instrumental in helping Ecuador be the first nation whose constitution establishes rights for nature) is complemented by the educational work in the "modern" world, a unique and powerful blend.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Awakening Consciousness and Committed Actions of Symposium Participants

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep on keeping on.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way they've pulled together seemingly disparate elements into a unified whole. Also the commitment to constantly update and revise material.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

deeply committed, thoughtful individuals you'd really want to get to know.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

send the message world-wide to really make a difference in how people viewed and acted on the "problems" of our time.

Ways to make it better...

if everyone I know could have been there with me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial resources to expand fast enought to meet the challenges of our time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Try it!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

I joined The Pachamama Alliance to be part of an organization that is making a difference--now. From playing an integral role in Ecuador's adoption of rights for nature in its new constitution to the capacity building that has helped indigenous groups in the Amazon defend and preserve their homeland and way of life, The Pachamama Alliance is truly changing the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning from the people involved with the organization, from staff to volunteers to supporters of all types.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 28, 2009

This organization had brought together so many people going past their mission to preserve the Earth's tropical rainforests and creating a new global vision f equity and sustainability for all. I have had a transformation and my life has been changed forever. I have been able to marry the desires of my heart with right action. They have done so much good and I continue to be hold them in the place closest to my heart.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the rainforest being untouched where Pachamama has worked. Ecuador is now the first place in the world where the rights of nature belong to nature.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

turn it over to the people who are running it now.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people are of heart and relate to the world with wide open arms.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were diverse and many of them of them very successful in their careers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get the message out about their work globally through television, films and internet. They would be able to expand their work beyond South America and unite more countries in their quest for bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on our planet.

Ways to make it better...

could not be improved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Connecting people who care about sustainability, spirituality and social justice. They are racing time, to find a solution.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish that everyone could have the experience of working with this organization or going to the rainforest with them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 26, 2009

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April 26, 2009

In 1989 I traveled to the Achuar territory of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. The Achuar had successfully kept the outside world out for all this time. I realized that I was in the presence of life in a whole different paradigm. These people are the teachers for reconnecting to the Earth (Pachamama). I could not shake that experience. After a few more trips to visit the Achuar, I found out about the formation of The Pachamama Alliance. I give my time and money to nonprofits that show the most impact for my investment (of time and money). The Pachamama Alliance is an organization with extraordinary and wide-reaching impact. Through their focus they amplify the voices of the indigenous people (currently 5 communities of people and 5 million acres) in Ecuador's rainforest such that it has had deep effects on the protection of the rainforest and even on the rewriting of their country's constitution. Also, through the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, an educational component, a new awareness is brought to the developed world and has spread virally to over 28 countries.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

supporting the indigenous people as the natural custodians of the rainforest.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

focus even more on bringing the indigenous wisdom to North America.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the profound feeling that I am making a huge impact on the planet.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

beyond amazing, gracious and deeply committed people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

accelerate the growth of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium to bring about change of how people relate to the planet and to support more indigenous people in their stand to protect the rainforest.

Ways to make it better...

more people could visit and experience the rainforest.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the power of corporations to stand in the way of exposing the truth about the devastation they have caused in the rainforest and their influence in curtailing changes needed to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the world is a much safer place because of The Pachamama Alliance.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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