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Activist Toolkit

Creating and Promoting Online Petitions

  1. Do petitions work?

    Yes! Petitions work, and we'll show you how.

    Petitions predate democracy by hundreds of years. They are an established way for constituents to make their views known to authorities and decision-makers. Further, petitions help bring awareness to a cause, and sometimes incite the media to further promote an issue. By signing a petition, you are not only helping to support a cause you believe in, but helping encourage other people to take action too.

  2. Quick Tips on Taking Action

    PetitionSite's staff has over nine years' experience in writing petitions to make positive change in the world. Here's our best advice, in 10 simple bullet points.

  3. How To Create a Good Petition

    Follow these five steps to create an effective petition. This formula will help you clearly communicate your vision, and compel both signers and authorities to take action.

  4. How to Promote your Petition

    Although every great action starts with a single person taking a small step, to effect big changes you will need to enlist supporters. This is arguably the most important part of the process. Here are a dozen ideas for specific actions you can take to find like-minded people to help you.

  5. Delivering Signatures for Maximum Impact

    Once you have gathered your signatures, you can present them to your target as a means of influencing the decision-makers. Maximize the impact of your petition with these guidelines.

  6. How to Create Change

    As Ghandi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Here are seven more ideas for being the change.

  7. Online Activism Case Studies

    Since 2000, PetitionSite has enabled people around the world to have a positive impact on the world around them. Online petitions have been instrumental in freeing political prisoners, changing toxic legislation, saving wilderness areas, and launching small issues into the national news. Here are six case studies showing how PetitionSite helped grassroots efforts grow into real and lasting change.

  8. Social Networking for Online Activists

    Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook present a unique opportunity for online social activism. It has never been so easy to reach out to potential supporters. Use our guidelines to build a network of friends to help your cause.

  9. Petition Creation Help

    If you need assistance with petition creation, please use this form.