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These strawmen want you to #carelikecrazy about voting

Posted by Tom Megginson | 8-10-2014 19:26 | Category: Politics

Rock The Vote: These strawmen want you to #carelikecrazy about voting

Rock The Vote is a non-partisan not-for-profit in the USA that has been trying to engage more youth in democracy since 1990. But although they represent no particular political party, the new flight of ads designed to increase voter participation in the American mid-term elections are clearly progressive on social issues.

Each ad represents a spokesperson for a regressive point-of-view. While there are certainly real people out there who are as unpleasant — or worse — than these caricatures, they are clearly fictionalized straw men standing in for extreme views.

Here’s the ant—feminist:

Rock The Vote

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If they find it, they’ll play with it

Posted by Tom Megginson | 26-06-2014 21:46 | Category: Politics

Gun safety ad from Evolve: If they find it, they'll play with it.

This ad for Evolve, a gun safety NGO in the United States, is pretty hilarious:

McCann Erickson
Huffington Post

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If EU elections were in Westeros #GameOfThrones #EP2014

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 21-05-2014 19:30 | Category: Politics

If EU elections were in Westeros

If the election posters for the European elections were created in the world of Game of Thrones, how would they look like?
Brussels based agency Old Continent made the answer with a poster for each European political family.

The idea is to get the young geeks and fans of Game of thrones realize that European politics is not different than their favorite TV show.

Old Continent

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European Elections: Vote Panda #EP2014

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 21-05-2014 15:30 | Category: Environment, Politics

European Elections: Vote Panda

This topical campaign video from WWF International is about the European Elections May 22-25.
They ask voters to make sure the candidates have signed the WWF’s pledge and committed to create a new Europe for the planet.

“European Elections 2014 - If you care, they will care.”

Old Continent

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This Election Poster Hack is done before, Literally

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 6-05-2014 14:29 | Category: Politics

NSPCA Election Poster Hacking.

“Good artists copy, bad agencies steal” commented Johann Schwella (Creative director at 140 BBDO and Co-Founder 10and5) on Twitter after seeing this new campaign from the South African NSPCA. And he is right. It’s an exact copy of the 2011 Skatepark Guerrilla campaign from Denmark.

South African advertising agency The Hardy Boys made the posters for the NSPCA, the animal welfare organisation. The technique is simple, they added a poster below the original election posters from various parties. Just like what was done in Denmark. See here and below.

Stealing ideas is not a problem. That happens more often in advertising and other fields and mostly done with adding a new twist. The original idea is awesome, and it is a shame that The Hardy Boys have been guided by laziness.

More about the NSPCA campaign at 10and5.

Election Poster Skate Attack

The Hardy Boys

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Ukrainian women’s movement boycotts Russian penises

Posted by Tom Megginson | 25-03-2014 20:45 | Category: Politics

“Don’t Give It to a Russian”

Surprisingly, this does not seem to be a FEMEN project. But it does have a Facebook Page and merchandise (below).

Don't Give It to a Russian
The Atlantic

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Mysterious campaign lets politicians do Aloha!

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 20-02-2014 20:30 | Category: Environment, Politics, Developing World

België is geen eiland. De wereldproblemen zijn ook de onze. Belgium is not an island., The world's problems are ours. Challenge our politicians to look beyond borders.

On 18 February 175 mysterious election signs appeared in 130 municipalities in Flanders. With posters of the party chairmen of the five largest political parties. In Aloha outfit! But Why?

That became clear on February 19, when the party leaders were plastered with the slogan “Belgium is not an island., The world’s problems are ours. Challenge our politicians to look beyond borders.”
The campaign led to speculation on social media. And became trending topic. The sender turned out to be the Flemish North-South Movement 11.11.11.


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Looking back from 2024: 10 years Robin Hood Tax

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 18-02-2014 21:15 | Category: Environment, Politics, Poverty, Developing World

Looking back from 2024: 10 years Robin Hood Tax

2024: Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), Heike Makatsch (The Book Thief) and Javier Cámara (Bad Education) look back and discuss the success of 10 years Robin Hood Tax.
Robin Hood Tax is a simple idea. 0.05% tax on every financial transaction. Will be used for the battle against poverty and climate change.

More about the Robin Hood tax and other taxes:
- Yeah!! We pay taxes
- People for Corporate Tax Cuts
- 0.05% is such a difficult birth
- The Robin Hood Tax: Tights, Camera, Action

Via @charitychick

Robin Hood Tax

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Beautiful sand painting as a call to vote

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 22-01-2014 22:00 | Category: Politics

Maori Roll or General Roll

This is one of the gems that we missed last year. It’s an election campaign from New Zealand.
‘Māori Roll or General Roll’ is about the choice available to Māori in the Māori Electoral Option, a legislated event which runs approximately every five years. It is a call to vote.

Saatchi & Saatchi NZ ECD Antonio Navas: “The main challenge was to deliver such a message, with the cultural and political issues surrounding it, in a way that doesn’t preach to the audience, but embraces and includes them. As an agency, we didn’t wish to dictate anything, so we approached the project as a true collaboration.”

Electoral Commission New Zealand
Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand

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The Apathetics - Official Movie Trailer #Syria

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 20-12-2013 17:15 | Category: Politics, Peace & Conflicts

The Apathetics - Official Movie Trailer #Syria

European leaders should hang their heads in shame over the pitifully low numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, said Amnesty International.
As winter approaches, conditions for the 2.2 million people who have fled Syria to neighbouring countries are deteriorating rapidly.

And Amnesty says it with this powerful ‘Movie Trailer’.

Amnesty International

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