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Outdoor art installation targets drone operators #NotABugSplat

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 6-04-2014 20:00 | Category: Activism, Peace & Conflicts

Outdoor art installation targets drone operators #NotABugSplat

This massive portrait is facing in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan where drone attacks regularly occur.
When viewed by a drone operator through his camera it isn’t an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child face.

The project is a collaboration of artists with the help of the Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights under the name #NotABugSplat.
Drone operators often refer to kills as ‘bug splats’ because killing through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.

More about the project including the background story and images at the #NotABugSplat website.




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#cockinasock is the latest in narcissistic cancer slacktivism (NSFW)

Posted by Tom Megginson | 26-03-2014 14:08 | Category: Activism

As Osocio’s resident “sex in advertising” blogger, I’m afraid I cannot ignore the latest meme in weird awareness activism.

That’s right, this post is about #cockinasock.

I’ll let Esquire Magazine explain:

No, it’s not the cleverly subversive marketing campaign for a new Red Hot Chili Peppers album, hell bent on providing women’s magazines with blog fodder and stuffing your Facebook (and Instagram, and Twitter) feed with enough meagerly filled stockings to ruin Christmas forever. #Cockinasock is actually a brilliantly fresh movement to raise awareness for testicular cancer, drummed up by non-profit Cancer Research UK, who’ve raised $13 million so far from last week’s #nomakeupselfie campaign and didn’t want men to feel left out.

Indeed. Why shouldn’t men sexualize a horrible affliction like cancer the way women do, each October? We, too, can “attention whore” on social media to raise awareness for something that people are already painfully aware of. Why bother getting into the nitty-gritty of prevention, fundraising, and empathy for sufferers when you can stuff your manhood in a sock and use a faddish excuse to sext the entire internet.

No, I will not be participating. See some examples of men who are, after the break. They are probably not appropriate for your workplace.

 



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Cancer Research UK
Source:
Esquire

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Survival International reveals a sinister side of “sustainable development”

Posted by Arbie Baguios | 13-02-2014 19:30 | Category: Activism, Human rights, Developing World

Survival International makes you think twice about sustainable development

Here is a video that will truly force anyone who’s ever called for “sustainable development,” particularly those of us who belong to the Church of Aid, to take a long, hard look at ourselves, and make us examine whether we’re doing what we’re doing right.

There You Go! is a short animated film created by Oren Ginzburg and narrated by the British comedian David Mitchell for Survival International – a global organization that “champions tribal peoples around the world” and help them “defend their lives, protect their lands, and determine their own futures.”

It depicts two men with questionable intentions setting out into a jungle to bring “sustainable development” to a tribal community. When they discover that these people are within themselves already sustainable, they resort to bringing them “just development” instead.

The narrative, then, begins to sound like the many annual reports you would hear being delivered across board rooms of INGO headquarters all over the world – a discussion on the “challenges” of implementing things like “participatory community project building,” “income generating activities,” and “empowerment.”

It ends in that typical ‘lessons learned’ style, where the development workers tout their supposedly successful “multi-stakeholder cross-disciplinary approach” and “innovative private sector partnerships,” despite having left the tribal community in complete and utter shamble.

The video reveals the sinister agenda of some development work, particularly those which are targeted at tribal communities that are often seen as ‘backward’ or ‘uncivilized’ - some call it the “development bloat.” (Click the article to read more)



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Survival International

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AXE and Coca-Cola sell peace at Super Bowl

Posted by Monica Brasov-Curca | 4-02-2014 08:04 | Category: Activism, Consumerism, Corporate Social Responsibility, Violence, Peace & Conflicts

What can possibly be seen as a heroic move by AXE and Coca-Cola considering the xenophobic social media backlash that followed the airing of both commercials about peace and love, selling peace, might have actually worked. 

AXE and Coca-Cola sell peace at Super Bowl

AXE and Coca-Cola sell peace at Super Bowl



Advertiser:
AXE, Coca-Cola
Agency:
Bartle Bogle Hegarty

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Caution: Hot Topic

Posted by Noah Scalin | 18-12-2013 21:53 | Category: Activism, Education, Gender issues, Human rights

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Students in Design Rebels, my socially conscious graphic design course at Virginia Commonwealth University, are required to create a real world project that reaches beyond the school as their final project. This year the students decided as a group to work on the issue of raising awareness about the local LGBTQ community. They chose to create a set of coffee sleeves as way to reach out to the general public in a more subtle way.

Each sleeve features the face of a local queer-identified person and a quote about their experiences dealing with a world that is not always very understanding of their sexuality. The sleeves also include an alternate version of the check boxes usually found on commercial coffee cups, but rather than types of coffee they list “Straight”, “Gay”, “Lesbian”, “Bisexual, “Trans”, and “Human” as the options. The “Human” box was pre-checked by the students to emphasize their goal of creating a greater respect for the humanity of their subjects as well as the LGBTQ community as a whole.

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The students were given only 10 weeks to conceptualize, design, produce, and distribute their project and a $100 budget was provided by the Graphic Design department at VCU. Since the students wanted to reach a larger audience they solicited donations for additional cups using the local non-profit The James House as their fiscal sponsor. They ended up with enough money to print 2,000 sleeves, which were distributed at four local businesses and one event. They were also able to garner the attention of local and international press, creating a good deal of discussion around the initiative.

Two of the students have already expressed an interest in continuing the project beyond the end of the semester.

More about the project can be found on the students’ website HERE.

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Nudity as activism – Interview with Petr Pavlensky, Red Square Artist

Posted by Tatjana Vukic | 10-12-2013 18:55 | Category: Activism

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Sharing is caring: research should be accessible just as blogs

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 9-10-2013 20:30 | Category: Activism

Bloggers United for Open Access - Sharing is caring

Most results from publicly funded research are published in journals that cost a fortune to access. This has many negative impacts. Open Access is the method to be used to change this system. Basically, Open Access is the idea that all publicly funded research should be freely available to everyone on the internet.

That’s what this new campaign from the Norwegian SAIH is about. It’s a demand for Open Access, free access to research.
SAIH compare research with blogging: Bloggers are read by thousands every day, unlike researcher’s articles which are read by far fewer.

The SAIH campaign is a petition and will be handed over to the Norwegian Ministry of Education in the fall of 2013.

The demand:
- The Ministry of Education should ensure increased funding for Open Access Publishing in Norway.
- Norwegian authorities must support researchers in developing countries ability to publish in Open Access to.



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SAIH

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Human Beings Are Not disposable

Posted by Noah Scalin | 5-07-2013 17:09 | Category: Activism, Human rights, Women's Issues

On a recent trip to Chicago, Illinois I ran into this eye catching ad on the side of a public trashcan.

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The End Demand Illinois campaign’s self-described aim is “shifting law enforcement’s attention to sex traffickers and people who buy sex, while proposing a network of support for survivors of the sex trade.”

More information about the campaign is HERE.



Advertiser:
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

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L is for Liberation Radicalphabet

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 1-07-2013 22:30 | Category: Activism, Design

L is for Liberation Radicalphabet

Nice idea from a group of five Chicago-based friends, artists, and activists — Leora Abelson, Liz Cook, Lee Jacobs Riggs, Erin Moore, and Jeannette Perkal. Their name is L is for Liberation Collective.
The project started in the summer of 2011.

From their website:

A conversation one evening about the lack of rad baby gifts out there inspired us to create our own. We chose 26 social justice concepts that represent diverse identities and movements, and then reached out to artists across the country to illustrate the letters. We plan to honor the values represented on the poster by printing it througha local shop that prioritizes eco-friendly methods and fair labor practices.

They are running an Indiegogo campaign until July 15 to fund the project. The poster is available this Autumn.



Source:
GOOD

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Slavery Is Not A Game

Posted by Noah Scalin | 28-06-2013 16:40 | Category: Activism, Developing World, Peace & Conflicts

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The Mario Bros. help explain why Nintendo needs to “take credible steps to ensure slavery is not in its supply chain” in the newly launched campaign: Slavery Is Not A Game.

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There is also a brief playable game as part of the campaign site.

 

 



Advertiser:
Walk Free

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