The second was to go looking online for galleries of art dedicated to the events, since there’s no central organizing group, my search centered around the hashtags used to promote the protests: #DirenGeziParki#OccupyGezi. So far I haven’t encountered anything other than some collections of street art, so I decided to start one here.
The Spanish town of Brunete, near Madrid has come up with an unusual solution to people who let their dogs do their business in the street. Volunteers chatted to offenders (people, not dogs) to find out details that would allow their dogs to be traced via records. Then the offending matter was returned to the owners who’d left it behind. A simple social change idea put forward by advertising agency McCann. Which has, allegedly, led to a 70% fall in offending.
They did it! Frustrated with the lack of in-depth international mainstream media coverage of their massive citizen protests against Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a group called Turkish Democracy in Action took to social media instead. They set up an indiegogo appeal to raise a budget for an ad campaign.
As of this morning (Saturday) they have raised $105, 218 — almost double their goal — ahead of Sunday’s deadline. The result was a full-page-placement in one of the West’s most conspicuous newspapers.
On the surface, it seems like the perfect activist social media stunt. After seven-year-old comments by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries, in which he claimed the brand was only suitable for “cool, good-looking” (and thin) people, resurfaced online to great protest, filmmaker Greg Karber decided to mess with the brand.
His big idea? Attack A&F’s elitism by clothing homeless Los Angelenos in the brand:
The upside of this is that people got free clothes. There are, however, some big problems with the approach.
It’s difficult not to develop an internet crush on Kristin Henson. The pixie-ish 26-year-old from Philadelphia has made a name for herself on social media with her YouTube series, “Dirty Signs With Kristin”. In each episode, Ms. Henson teaches viewers a new obscene phrase or term — from “hey, you’re an asshole” to “twat waffle”.
This is a great new project from Martijn van Osch: Goodmornings.
The place for you to share and enjoy goodmornings with the whole world. A team of 16 people from the Netherlands made this happen. Their goal : brighten up the world.
Good morning! Bonjour! Buenos días! Guten Morgen! Bom dia! доброе утро! God morgon! Buongiorno! Dzień dobry! 早安 Günaydın!
Reporters without Borders have made my day. Well they have made many journalists day. They have put in pictures what corrupt, autocratic and authoritarian regimes, policies and laws do to journalists everyday.
Quebec’s Missing Children’s Network and Lowe Roche, Toronto, have come up with an interesting idea to spread the word about kids who have disappeared. Using Canada Post’s longtime option to create personalized stamps with user-generated pictures, the campaign asks Canadians to donate the customizable medium to a missing child:
The process is simple. Canada Post has an easy-to-use service where you can make personalized stamps online, for just a little more per stamp than regular postage. All we ask, is that instead of uploading your own photos, you upload that of a missing child.
They also provide an e-mail footer that adds a digital Missing Kids Stamp to online communications.
Yesterday, a group of Canadian Aboriginal people arrived in Ottawa, the capital. On foot.
It was the completion on a 1500+ kilometre journey that started in January, when six youths and a guide left Whapmagoostui, on James Bay in Northern Quebec, in the dead of the -40 degree northern winter, as a show of support for the Idle No More Aboriginal rights movement.
I did a lot of blogposts about the Denver water campaigns made by Sukle Advertising &Design. “Award winning, humorous, positive approach, recognizable, consistent style, understandable message and above all great artwork” I wrote recently. The campaigns is already in it’s ninth year. Time to look back. I did an interview…
This evening (Eastern Standard Time), Canadian Space Agency astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield will return to Earth after five months orbiting our planet in the International Space Station — eventually serving as commander of the mission. At 53, Commander Hadfield is a veteran astronaut, having been in space previously to work…
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