Feb 13, 2014 — Dear Benjamin,
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us!
First, you might be wondering: why is Change.org responding now, almost a year after I started my petition? Truth be told, we didn’t have a way for decision makers – the people on the receiving end of petitions – to respond until very recently. We’ve only just now rolled out our response tool for companies to respond. We apologize for the delay in getting back to you!
Now on to your petition. Change.org is an open petition platform. We're not conservative; we're not liberal; we're not an advocacy organization representing any kind of ideology, actually. Anyone can use our platform regardless of who they are, where they live, or what they believe to try to change the things that they care about.
Our ultimate aim is to empower everyday people as much as we possibly can. By not taking a position on specific issues or petitions, it means the true power of Change.org is in the hands of the millions of people, just like you, who use the platform every day. Not taking a stance ourselves also gives our users more credibility when dealing with the decision makers on the receiving end of their petitions. In the US, as an example, we have Republican and Democratic elected officials who respond to our users directly - something many have been quite clear they would not do if Change.org was seen as an exclusively progressive or conservative platform.
Our being open also means that there will sometimes be petitions on the site that others disagree with. And when our users disagree with something they see, they can always start a counter-petition or raise their voice to express their opinion. Just like you did with your petition to us!
The vast majority of our petition starters are not traditional activists, rather they come to Change.org because they have experienced an injustice, believe something is wrong, or see something they want to change - and they're confident that they will be welcome on the site regardless of their political affiliation.
Again, we always value our user’s feedback regarding the Change.org platform. Our goal is to remain effective and accessible to all variety of beliefs and causes.
Thank you very sincerely for your contribution!