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Let your cat doing the activist work with this scratching post

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 30-09-2014 22:30 | Category: Activism, Design, Human rights

Kim Jong-un Cat Scratching Post.

When your cat is your friend in the activist game this scratching post is something for you. There are two types available, Putin and Kim Jong-un, and both are unique, there is only one copy.

Both scratching posts were handcrafted by a team of artists and took over 200 hours each to complete and therefore not cheap: £4,500.
All money will be donated to charity according the the artists on their webshop.

For activists with a smaller purse there is also a £3.00 litter tray.

Check also our Dictator board on Pinterest.

Protest Cat Litter Tray.




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Stop Before it Gets Ugly

Posted by Tatjana Vukic | 29-09-2014 21:49 | Category: Drugs, Violence

Stop Before it Gets Ugly is Campaign made by JWT, Sydney, targeting young men aged 18 to 35 (fairly wide target group) who regularly go out drinking with their friends. They should be aware that to much alcohol consumption can change their behaviour. This campaign is asking to control the (short-term) effects of alcohol and not to quit drinking ..

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Advertiser:
The New South Wales Government
Agency:
JWT Sydney

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Is this #HeForShe video helping feminism?

Posted by Tom Megginson | 29-09-2014 16:25 | Category: Gender issues

Is this #HeForShe video helping feminism?

The United Nations’ #HeForShe campaign had a fantastic launch, with Emma Watson’s impassioned speech deservedly going viral. She stood up and described how everyday sexism continues to discourage girls and women from being strong, physical, and outspoken. And she defended the “feminist” label as a simple demand for sexual equality. But most importantly, she called for solidarity between men and women in achieving it.

And then this video came out:

On the surface, it looks like a group of men from all walks of life answering Ms. Watson’s call. But delve deeper, and it becomes problematic. For me, anyway.



Advertiser:
HeForShe (United Nations)
Agency:
LOOKER Content
Source:
Ads Of The World

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What does the wolverine say?

Posted by Tom Megginson | 26-09-2014 22:15 | Category: Government

Canada's Banff National Park: What does the wolverine say?

This bizarre video, promoting Canada’s Banff National Park, has been making the rounds of Canadian media:



Advertiser:
Parks Canada
Source:
Huffington Post Canada

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World Contraception Day PSA tells the awful history of not getting pregnant   #WCD2014

Posted by Tom Megginson | 26-09-2014 21:06 | Category: Women's Issues

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Before the latex condoms, the hormonal birth control pill, and other safe and effective forms of contraception became legal and commonplace in the 20th century, women relied on many folk remedies to prevent pregnancy. Many of these were actual herbal abortifacients, but some others were pure superstition.

This video by Engender Health, for World Contraception Day, is an amusing review of some of the stranger attempts at birth control through the ages. But it ends with a very serious message:



Advertiser:
Engender Health

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A knife, the weapon for a better neighbourhood

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 26-09-2014 13:30 | Category: Awards, Social aid

Resto VanHarte: A knife, the weapon for a better neighbourhood.

This summer I was pre-selection jury member of the NRC Charity Awards, the award about newspaper ads from non-profits organised by the Dutch newspaper NRC. The brief was to select the 24 best ads from a total of more than 220 entries. There was one entry that caught my eye immediately. That was this ad from Resto VanHarte.

Resto VanHarte is a chain of 34 social neighbourhood restaurants where everyone can enjoy a healthy and inexpensive meal and a cozy environment. The aim to bring all kind of people together by cooking and eating together.

Issues in neighbourhoods can be anything and agency BBK/Door Vriendschap Sterker chose insecurity and violence with the visual of a knife. It is the power of associative thinking, knife stands for both violence and for the kitchen. It is the weapon for a better neighbourhood.

More about the NRC Charity Awards on our Dutch edition.

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Advertiser:
Resto VanHarte
Agency:
BBK/Door Vriendschap Sterker

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The best topical ad of today #bendgate

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 25-09-2014 15:30 | Category: Human rights

Amnesty International: The best topical ad of today #bendgate

There seems to be a problem with the new iPhone. Something with bending and twitter is full of it.
Very important of course but there are some things that are more important. And Amnesty International points us to it with a topical call to action.




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A traveling campaign to Help Each Other Out

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 23-09-2014 22:40 | Category: Social aid

A traveling campaign to Help Each Other Out

This amazing project is important. Because it’s about kindness, about helping and be helped. Being there during tough times. It’s local, thus nearby.
Kelsey Crowe started Help Each Other Out last year. She conducted loads of research on support during tough times for an upcoming book. As she said, she became much kinder by reading people’s individual examples of support that got them through hard times. She could do nothing but start the project after this discovery.

Kelsey: “We are a young social venture that empowers neighbors, colleagues, peers and friends to reach out to people they know in a rough time. It could be loss, illness, any issue that people find really hard to talk about and struggle to know how to help.”

To promote their work they started a feel good public campaign that travels, hosted by neighborhood merchants, a school, hospital, or office lobby. Like the video below from an outdoor exhibit in San Francisco this summer.
Posters were created by a volunteer help at agency Wieden and Kennedy about kindnesses shown to young women with breast cancer undergoing treatment.
Click the posters in this blogpost to enlarge. And read them, then you know exactly what Help Each Other Out is about.




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New Budweiser PSA isn’t a dog’s breakfast

Posted by Tom Megginson | 22-09-2014 14:00 | Category: Corporate Social Responsibility

New Budweiser PSA isn't a dog's breakfast

I was ready to dislike this anti-drunk-driving PSA from Anheuser-Busch. It just seemed so manipulative from the start. But the ending totally redeemed it:



Advertiser:
Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch)

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Tampon Run game – fighting menstrual taboo one 8-bit tampon at a time

Posted by Oriana Lauria | 21-09-2014 20:00 | Category: Gender issues, Women's Issues

Tampon Run game – fighting menstrual taboo one 8-bit tampon at a time

Women spend over 3,000 days of their lives menstruating. Pretty normal stuff. Yet, many people feel uncomfortable when it comes to discussing anything related to menstruation - except for the classic put down: “you’re a bit grumpy. Are you on your period?”

This is why Andy and Sophie, two teenagers from Girls Who Code, decided it was time to end the awkward and help the discussion ‘flow’.



Advertiser:
Girls Who Code

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