Pachamama Alliance

Rating: 4.97 stars   66 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: The Presidio Bldg. 1009, Ground Level P.O. Box 29191 San Francisco CA 94129 USA

Mission: To empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.
Results: 2013 Accomplishments In the South Indigenous Voices Speak Up for Preservation Provided funding for numerous workshops and assemblies so that indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon were fully informed about plans for oil development in their lands, and so that their voices calling for territorial preservation were clearly heard. People of Sarayaku Receive Restitution Payment Provided the people of Sarayaku with legal assistance to assert their rights to bind the government of Ecuador to comply with the 2012 favorable ruling by the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. The government paid reparations of more than one million dollars for damage to their land and people, and has committed to cleaning up the more than 3000 pounds of explosives left in their territory. Jungle Mamas Takes Huge Steps in Advancing Safe Motherhood Jungle Mamas trained 20 Achuar women in a community empowerment workshop. The 20 women will provide prenatal coverage to 47 Achuar communities. To date, Jungle Mamas has distributed 100 safe birth kits to women in approximately 30 communities. Impact Analysis Begins for the Southeastern Amazon Provided financial support for a major scholarly study at major Ecuadorian universities to research the impact of two divergent future scenarios in the southeastern Amazon—one of oil development and one of conservation. FP Brings Together Allies for International Workshop on Indigenous Rights Organizations from Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador who work to defend human and environmental rights, came together for an international workshop to explore key issues around prior consultation, right to compensation and socio-environmental monitoring. They also toured environmentally toxic areas polluted by oil spills. Amazon’s First Solar-Powered Transportation Network is Almost Ready After a year of preparation, a groundbreaking system of solar-powered boats and recharge stations covering over 40 miles of rivers in Achuar territory is soon to be completed. 2013 Worldwide Accomplishments Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Reaches 76 Countries. And, Pachamama Alliance developed the Up to Us engagement pathway for people to continue to take action after they have taken a Symposium. We partnered with organizations that are aiming at the root causes of two of the most pressing issues confronting the U.S. today—the corruption of our democracy and climate change. Partners: Move to Amend & Citizen's Climate Lobby. Amazon Journeys: 140 people participated in 10 separate deep-immersion journeys to connect with our indigenous partners in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the spirit of the rainforest itself.
Target demographics: indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest protect their land and culture from oil exploitation
Geographic areas served: Ecuador and Around the World
Programs: We provide funding for numerous workshops and assemblies so that indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon are fully informed about plans for oil development in their lands, and so that their voices calling for territorial preservation were clearly heard. Our program Jungle Mamas improves maternal & family health in Achuar communities by providing Clean Birth Kits and educational workshops on birthing practices, and neonatal health. Jungle Mamas also builds composting toilets to maintain healthy water for communities. Our Awakening the Dreamer Symposium wakes up individuals everywhere to how the way we live impacts the whole world around us, including the Amazon rainforest. Our Up to Us engagement pathway provides opportunities for Symposium participants to continue to take action to create a world where our indigenous partners no longer have to struggle to keep their rainforest home safe.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was a volunteer for nearly four years and now am working in a paid role at Pachamama Alliance. I am passionate about their work and am proud to have worked with them for so long.

The organization and all its' programs are the most grounded, committed, courageous, inspiring, bold, beautiful efforts I have ever worked with.

Activism work is often as the agitated activist which is not often effective at waking people up to where we are in the world and where we need to go. It also creates stress on the activist. And life is stressful enough! Pachamama Alliance brings a sacred foundation to this work. They make no one wrong or evil. And they do this while also creating a sense of urgency.

Their mission of a sustainable, just and fulfilling human presence is now a guiding principle for my life.

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

I meet people all the time who are shifting their values and taking action from the local to global level. I work with ATD communities around the world and I see what it has shifted in their lives as well as their communities. Changing the dream of the modern world is a big task. It is difficult to measure, but the organizations that are coming together, the changes people are making in their own lives and in their communities are all demonstrations of what this works calls forth.

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

Help it grow its staff. Too few people are doing too much. It is growing rapidly around the world and has done a great job maintaining a simple office and small staff. But expanding to have teams around the world would support efforts on more local levels.

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The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium developed by the Pachamama Alliance is being experienced all over the planet inspiring people to create an ecologically sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the planet. The experience is incredible and such high quality!

Their work with the Achuar in Ecuador (and Peru) to save their piece of the rainforest is incredible...and a real partnership!

Great organization!

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

Personal responsibility, paying better attention to my actions in many ways. I was also blessed to experience their trip to the Amazon...which was incredible!

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

do nothing except hope it gets more money!

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During the event I learned more about The Pachamama Alliance and The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. While I watched the stunningly beautiful and moving videos and listened to the presenters, I was moved by the inclusiveness of this organization for all groups and communities. It brought together the environment, the human spirit and social justice for all peoples. BAM! Right into my heart.... This is what I wanted for the world. It woke me up to begin discovering what I more I could do in the world. That feeling is still glowing in my heart today....with hope, communities....committed in action in creating a sustainable world.

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

my awareness of how my daily actions impact my neighbors, my city and other parts of the world.

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

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

The growth and development of including global diversity in the Symposium.

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

eager, committed people who were learning to balance their passion for the earth, her animals, her flora and her people....with the demands of their everyday lives.

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

1) Empower more indigenous peoples of the world to be more effective in saving their rainforests and land from 'Big Oil' in the US (2) Educate and empower more communities to discover what sustainable actions are appropriate to take locally.

Ways to make it better...

......Ummm, it continues to be a wonderful, inspiring experience.

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

Keeping the message of the Symposium consistent and discovering how to reach more diverse audiences.

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

This organization has given me more hope for our planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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My attendance at a single Symposium changed my sense of the possibility for the human race to live a sustainable, fulfilling and social just life in the near future. It lifted decades of growing gloom in my heart and inspired me to throw myself into action to make a big difference every day. I've seen firsthand the acutely important work the Pachamama Alliance is doing in the Amazon basin and the world-changing impacts of their efforts to support self-empowerment of indigenous peoples, including helping draft elements of the new Ecuadorian Constitution to establish a priori rights of the natural world. Through the Pachamama Alliance, I've met extraordinary people from around the world who are committing their lives to changing the course of society in the most productive and harmonious ways possible. My personal community of friends and colleagues has been joyously invigorated by my work with the Pachamama Alliance, and it has changed my work, my family and my life in wonderful ways.

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

my life, my family, my community, my professional associations, in national campaigns and in international affairs.

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

the opportunity to actively leverage my commitment, enthusiasm and skills for rapid change in the world around me.

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

extraordinarily committed, skilled, inspired, authentic and conscientious. The staff are astoundingly effective and leverage themselves beautifully for maximum effect across the board.

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

exponentially increase the number of people, organizations, and institutions who are actively engaged in bringing forth environmental sustainability, healthy human spirit and social justice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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As Paul Hawkens recently said, the Pachamama Alliance may well be the most important NGO in the world today for its work in enlisting people by the tens of thousands in changing their lives, their communities, and their social systems to become environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just. More than 40,000 people have already participated in Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposia in at least 28 countries, and the numbers of trained facilitators leading these activism-generating events are multiplying at an ever-increasing rate. The core of the work of this initiative of the Pachamama Alliance is bringing a grounded hopefulness and powerful blessed unrest to community members who are inspired to go out and address the environmental and social needs of their communities in whatever ways they feel they can have the greatest impact. The result is, arguably, the fastest-growing movement generating action for environmental sustainability and social justice in the world today.

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

communities across the globe where people are energized to tackle environmental sustainability and social justice, with steadfast will and heartfelt compassion.

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

enlist organizations like the national associations of cities, counties and state governments to draw on the commitment and intiative of the Pachamama volunteers to lead community forums on the environment and it's relationship to social justice.

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

the opportunity to apply my skills and expertise exactly as I wish to support, serve and expand this initiative through working with wonderful people from across the globe.

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

the most ground, committed, and visionary people in my life.

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

reach into communities that are waiting for hope and vision to really tackle the challenges of environmental degradation and social injustice.

Ways to make it better...

even more national environmental and social justice organizations had learned about the work of the Pachamama Alliance.

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

expanding fast enough to inspire millions of people in the next three years.

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

This is the new model of responsive and responsible society in action.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Working with Pacha Mama is deeply inspiring. There is a spirit of joy, commitment, hope and commitment to excellence which permeates their work and which moves me to grow to my full potential in serving the great shift in consciousness currently taking place on the planet. Thank you, Pacha Mama Alliance, for being such an inspiration!

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

collaboration.

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

the inspiration I received both for my personal and for my professional life.

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

dedicated, joyful, passionate and committed to serve in an authentic way.

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

reach even more people with its powerful message, inspiring tens of millions to change their dream and start making new choices. This would radically change the direction in which our world is developing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Pachamama Alliance is changing the dream of the modern world through through their Awakenng The Dreamer Changing The Dream Symposium. http://www.awakeningthedreamer.org Symposium participants come to realize the possibility they have to create the environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just world we want.

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

My own improved life, the lives of the people of the Amazon Rain Forest of Ecuador, the inclusion of the rights of Nature in the new constitution of Ecuador, and the Awakening The Dreamer Changing The Dream Symposium participants.

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

Continue to run it as it is being run, always growing and changing to meet the social, environmental and spiritual needs of our times.

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

The voice I now have as a catalyst for change,and the high quality friends I have in the Pachamama community.

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

Individuals highly committed to bringing forth an environmentally stable, peaceful and just world.

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

Reach more people and empower them to make the personal lifestyle changes needed to reduce the debilitating impacts on our planet's life support systems.

Ways to make it better...

My experience is great.

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

Financial donor reduction because of our tumultuous economic times.

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

Because of the commitment level of the global community associated with the Pachamama Alliance, the world is a better place.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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25 people found this review helpful

I've been involved with the Pachamama Alliance as a volunteer for over 3 years. I love the cause: to create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet as the guiding principle of our time. I honored to be a part!

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

Going to the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador and being with the Achuar people. Being in their community and seeing how they relate to the rain forest is amazing. I experienced how important this area is for all life. Beautiful!

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

dedicated and tireless!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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21 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the faces of people after attending their Symposiums.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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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.

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.

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

Keep figuring out ways to include more and more people

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?

2009-4-01

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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.

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.

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

hire more people.

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?

2009-3-01

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