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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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Youth take the streets in this powerful Brazilian Rap da Rua #NoWorldCup

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 11-06-2014 22:00 | Category: Activism, Poverty

Construção Coletiva take the streets in this powerful Brazilian Rap da Rua #NoWorldCup.

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull sing ‘We Are One’ during the World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil. And not all Brazilians agree. Many off them dislike the FIFA and their government’s behaviour.
There are many things to tell about Brazil other than football. And the people from Construção Coletiva did it in five powerful minutes. As if they are the real pitbulls. Love it!

The people from Witness made a playlist with much more protest music. They call it the #FIFAGoHome Edition.

Captions in English available.



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Construção Coletiva

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Brandalism, the biggest subvertising campaign in UK history

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 15-05-2014 19:30 | Category: Activism, Corporate Social Responsibility

Brandalism, the biggest subvertising campaign in UK history

Brandalism started in July 2012 with a small team in a van. It is a revolt against corporate control of the ‘visual realm’.
Now they have teams in 10 UK cities to take back public advertising space.

The most recent takeover was earlier in May this year with the reclamation of over 360 advertising spaces with hand made original art works submitted by 40 international artists.
According to Brandalism It is the biggest anti-advertising campaign in UK history.

From the Brandalism website:
Advertising at its most basic is about explaining why one particular product is faster, stronger or cheaper than its rivals. But these kind of adverts are a rare breed nowadays, mostly to be found stalking the barren wastelands of daytime television or local newspapers, selling things like adjustable mops and leather sofas. This kind of marketing are to the modern advertisement what a primitive flint spear is to a stealth bomber.

Hat tip for our friends at Clicktivist.




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Code Red - Paramedics Fair Pay Campaign

Posted by Adam Valvasori | 29-04-2014 01:16 | Category: Activism, Government, Health

Ambulance Employees Australia of Victoria: Code Red - Paramedics Fair Pay Campaign.

We can’t help looking at ambulances. It’s a morbid, human-rubber-neck-nature thing I suppose. The high speeds, flashing lights and sirens aren’t bad attention grabbers either. That’s why the Code Red campaign by the Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria is doing a great job at getting under Premier Dennis Napthine and the Victorian Government’s skin. For the last 20 months on the streets across the State of Victoria, Australia, the majority of ambulances you pass or that speed past you have hand written, activist messages asking for better pay and working conditions for ambulance crews (affectionately known as “Ambos” in the local slang).

Check out some examples below, curated from their Code Red Facebook page. What do you think? Are the messages a pleasant surprise which connects you with the plight of the Ambos inside or do you feel it is inappropriate to deface these serious, life-saving vehicles with industrial action messages? Would this tactic change your vote?

Ambulance Employees Australia of Victoria: Code Red - Paramedics Fair Pay Campaign.

Ambulance Employees Australia of Victoria: Code Red - Paramedics Fair Pay Campaign.

Ambulance Employees Australia of Victoria: Code Red - Paramedics Fair Pay Campaign.

more images (and opinion) inside the full article...



Advertiser:
Ambulance Employees Australia of Victoria

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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.

 



Advertiser:
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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