Bruce McFadden
Bruce McFadden
Code2 / Seasoned Taskmaster
February 03, 2022
Lead the Change with Code2's CivicRebel Online Petition Template

Lead the Change with Code2's CivicRebel Online Petition Template🔗

It is true that the internet fell short of the ideals it was expected to achieve in the last decade of the twentieth century. The egalitarian medium of uncensored and uninhibited transfer of knowledge never came to be. The emergence of social media platforms in the second half of the 2000s put an end to those dreams for good. The internet turned into a collection of fenced-off spaces where platform owners monopolized and monetized data at the expense of users' privacy.

It was not all doom and gloom, though. If nothing else, the internet connected people like it was never possible before. One area where it had a profound impact was social activism. The internet brought down the cost of activism by letting people organize and mobilize around common causes regardless of their location. In the past, affecting change in the system was impossibly difficult: You needed to bring together a critical mass of like-minded people, hold rallies, engage community leaders, try to win support from business people and celebrities, and make an effort to grab the attention of authorities who had the power to initiate change. Reaching out to politicians, providing evidence of popular support for your cause, and getting them to champion your initiative were no easy tasks. Regular citizens rarely enjoy such access, which most of the time is the privilege of a select group of wealthy, influential people. is the most successful one among a plethora of online petition platforms. The secret sauce for's success was its simplicity. Ben Rattray, the CEO of, thinks the platform did what Twitter did so well—responding to a human need in the simplest way possible. "Simplicity is a feature, not a bug," he says. This formula helped reach out to sections of society lacking a voice, like minorities, young people, and people with disabilities. This kind of online social activism garnered a lot of criticism on the grounds that it required very little effort and commitment from the participants and was labeled as slacktivism. However, just like social media platforms proved their mettle as legitimate channels of information, online petition platforms delivered the results and earned the respect of the public. Here are a few striking examples showing the unlikely success campaigns achieved:

Simple acts of leadership can affect meaningful change, as illustrated by the examples above. As part of our recent template blitz at Code2, we have recently published a new online petition template that can get your petition campaign up and running in no time. The CivicRebel template is infinitely customizable: It lets you create a petition using dynamic forms, add explanations and visuals as you see fit, and put it up for people to sign. The CivicRebel also allows you to set a certain threshold of signatures to be achieved and share your petition on social media for it to go viral.

Just define your cause, create your page, and let the magic happen!

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