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Top 100 Activism Trends of 2014

From Feminist Hashtag Movements to Stunning Oil-Spill Photography

— January 3, 2015 — Social Good
Gender rights, sexual freedom, anti-bullying, recycling, animal rights and freedom of speech were just some of the causes heavily represented in the most compelling 2014 activism trends.

The year past saw highly thoughtful and creative use of art forms like music, photography and visual art to promote a wide variety of causes.

The advent of social media and the ever-widening reach of the Internet has made it easier than ever for anyone and everyone to be an activist. With little more than a computer, Internet connection, passion for a cause and some creative thinking, you can initiate an activist campaign that can infiltrate hearts and minds everywhere.

For more on the slated direction of trends in the realm of activism, check out Trend Hunter's very own Activism Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Anonymous African Laborer Portraiture
Anonymous African Laborer Portraiture
Jackie Nickerson Examines Working Environments in 'TERRAIN'
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99
Suffering Animal Installations
Suffering Animal Installations
The Ninth Wave by Cai Guo-Qiang Brings Attention to Eco Crises
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98
LGBT Sports Apparel
LGBT Sports Apparel
The Nike 2014 #BETRUE Collection Features Vibrant Rainbow Colours
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97
Suggestive Abuse Posters
Suggestive Abuse Posters
Kama Sutra-Inspired Prints Advocate Against Police Brutality in Brazil
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96
Social Justice Search Designs
Social Justice Search Designs
The Olympic Google Doodle Takes Aim at Russian Anti-Gay Laws
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95
Drown-Simulating Websites
Drown-Simulating Websites
CLM BBDO Created a Website that Lets Viewers Simulate Drowning at Sea
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94
Heartbreaking Displaced Animal Photography
Heartbreaking Displaced Animal Photography
This New Animal Photography Series is Sombre and Moving
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93
Inequality Fast Food Restaurants
Inequality Fast Food Restaurants
Hunger King by Jani Leinonen Gives Money (Not Food) to the Poor
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92
Gay Pride Semi-Formals
Gay Pride Semi-Formals
Central High School Offers Students a Gay Pride High School Dance
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91
Interactive Shrinking Ads
Interactive Shrinking Ads
This Anti-Bullying Film Gets Shorter Each Time You Share it on Facebook
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90
Homeless Cardboard Art
Homeless Cardboard Art
The Behind the Sign Project Auctions Off One-of-a-Kind Creations
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89
Ethical Gold Watches
Ethical Gold Watches
The Fairmined Watch by Chopard is the First Watch Made From Fair Gold
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88
Candid Humanimal Self-Portraits
Candid Humanimal Self-Portraits
This Creative Self-Portrait Series is Powerful and Direct
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87
Intimately Captured Primate Photography
Intimately Captured Primate Photography
This Animals Portrait Photography Series is Raw and Moving
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86
Hope-Revealing Candles
Hope-Revealing Candles
The Amnesty International Freedom Candles Contain a Promises Within
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85
Empty Bucket Challenges
Empty Bucket Challenges
OndAzul Encourages Participation in the Ice Bucket Challenge Without Water
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84
Superstar Sunglasses
Superstar Sunglasses
The Latest Karen Walker Collection is Inspired by Iconic Artisans
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83
Funny Pothole Photography
Funny Pothole Photography
This Project Raises Awareness About Bad Roads in Kaunas, Lithuania
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82
Feline Protest Accessories
Feline Protest Accessories
Get Your Cat Politcally Involved with These Pussycat Riot Products
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81
Mother-Child Fashion Ads
Mother-Child Fashion Ads
The Born Free Africa Campaign Stars Doutzen, Sasha and Karolina
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80
Studly Equality Calenders
Studly Equality Calenders
Emma Watson's HeForShe Movement Has Some Handsome Supporters
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79
Asphalt-Cooked Meals
Asphalt-Cooked Meals
The WWF Global Warming Menu Cooks Food on Hot Pavement
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78
LGBTQ Victim Portraits
LGBTQ Victim Portraits
'From Russia Without Love' Confronts Prejudice
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77
Illicit Trade Pyramid Ads
Illicit Trade Pyramid Ads
These WWF Ads Show the Illegal Animal Trade Pyramid of Demand
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76
Submerged Streetscape Images
Submerged Streetscape Images
CarbonStory's World Under Water Illustrates Rising Sea Levels
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75
Comical Sobriety Selfies
Comical Sobriety Selfies
Tumblr Blogger Wexism Captures Her Favorite Responses to Being Sober
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74
Fatality Awareness Street Art
Fatality Awareness Street Art
Right of Way Memorializes NYC Pedestrian Deaths with Street Stencils
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73
Scientific Flooding Campaigns
Scientific Flooding Campaigns
Science Stands is Launching an App to Troll Climate Change Deniers
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72
Decrepit Illusory Paintings
Decrepit Illusory Paintings
This Perspective Street Art Painting Reminds of Disaster in Japan
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71
Cellular-Networking Knapsacks
Cellular-Networking Knapsacks
Thanks to Vodafone, You Can Carry a Cellular Network Backpack
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70
Destructive Urbanization Photography
Destructive Urbanization Photography
This Alps Photo Series is Fascinating and Saddening
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69
Fake Magazine Covers
Fake Magazine Covers
The Catapult Cover Stories Series Addresses Daily Abuse Against Women
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68
Inflatable Heat-Sharing Shelters
Inflatable Heat-Sharing Shelters
The paraSITE Shelter Turns Excess Heat into Comfortable Living
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67
Trashy Hotel Rooms
Trashy Hotel Rooms
Hotel ShabbyShabby by Raumlabor is Built Using Garbage Collected in Mannheim
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66
Millennial Cause Posters
Millennial Cause Posters
Patagonia's Vote the Environment Campaign Speaks to Younger Generations
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65
Hunger-Fighting Campaigns
Hunger-Fighting Campaigns
India's Rice Bucket Challenge Immediately Helps the Hungry
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64
Marriage-Stopping Social Campaigns
Marriage-Stopping Social Campaigns
Plan Norway is Raising Awareness of a 12 Year Old Child Bride
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63
Recycled Plastic Sculptures
Recycled Plastic Sculptures
Artist Aurora Robson Turns Plastic Waste into Works of Art
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62
Anti-Bullying Art Projects
Anti-Bullying Art Projects
Lindsay Bottos' Tumblr Blog Calls Out Instances of Cyberbullying Online
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61
Mental Health Apps
Mental Health Apps
The MoodHacker App Helps Fight Depression in the Workplace
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60
Social Commentary Smoothies
Social Commentary Smoothies
Skittles by Josh Kline Uses Unconventional and Poetic Ingredients
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59
Anti-Racial Student Campaigns
Anti-Racial Student Campaigns
The Anti-Racism Campaign ‘I, Too, Am Oxford’ is Powerful and Direct
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58
Feline Abuse Awareness Footwear
Feline Abuse Awareness Footwear
Vans Cat Shoes Were Made to Support the ASPCA
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57
Empowering Anti-Rape Illustrations
Empowering Anti-Rape Illustrations
This Inspiring Series is Working at Combating Rape Culture
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56
Icon-Emulating Kids Photography
Icon-Emulating Kids Photography
Eunique Jones' Snaps Kids Dressed Up as Icons for Girl Empowerment
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55
Landmine-Detecting Loafers
Landmine-Detecting Loafers
This Wearable Landmine Detector Easily Slips into Shoes
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54
Life-Saving Bird Jumpers
Life-Saving Bird Jumpers
The Penguin Foundation Protects Birds with Adorable Penguin Sweaters
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53
Wealth Disparity Ads
Wealth Disparity Ads
The Banamex/CDC Erase the Difference Campaign Addresses Mexico's Dilemma
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52
Upcycled Fan Lamps
Upcycled Fan Lamps
Fantasized by Sep Verboom is Made Using Waste Found in the Philippines
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51
Skyscraper-Killed Bird Portraits
Skyscraper-Killed Bird Portraits
'Lights Out Baltimore, Downtown Fatalities' is Heartbreaking
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50
New Age Feminist Magazines
New Age Feminist Magazines
Girls Like Us is a Modern Feminist Manifesto
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49
Humanizing Homeless People Paintings
Humanizing Homeless People Paintings
These Murals by Depaul UK is a Show of Street Art Activism
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48
Artistic Gender Campaigns
Artistic Gender Campaigns
The 'My Body My Rights' Campaign Features Hyperrealistic Body Art
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47
Recycled Soap Packaging
Recycled Soap Packaging
S.H.I.N.E. is a Project Focused in Mozambique for Those in Need
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46
Male Feminists Hashtags
Male Feminists Hashtags
All Men Can is Spawned From a Popular and Empowering Social Media Campaign
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45
Artisan Plastic Bottle Lighting
Artisan Plastic Bottle Lighting
This Recycled Plastic Lamp Design Makes Use of Discarded Bottles
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44
Abandoned Activism Art
Abandoned Activism Art
Seph Lawless Photographed the Abandoned Randall Park Mall
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43
Refugee Footwear Photography
Refugee Footwear Photography
A Long Walk by Shannon Jensen Captures a Heart-Wrenching Reality
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42
Reappropriated Pride Posters
Reappropriated Pride Posters
These LGBT Posters Rework Soviet Propoganda into Gay Pride
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41
LGBT-Friendly Fashion Ads
LGBT-Friendly Fashion Ads
The Barneys Spring 2014 Campaign Stars 17 Transgender Models
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40
Feminist Hashtag Movements
Feminist Hashtag Movements
#FeministsareUgly Aims to Dispel Stereotypes Around Feminism
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39
Personality-Priding Pet Advertisements
Personality-Priding Pet Advertisements
This SPCA Adoption Ad Puts Personality Over Pedigree
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38
Viral Catcalling PSAs
Viral Catcalling PSAs
This Viral Catcalling Video Functions as a Street Harassment PSA
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37
Creepy Emoticon Campaigns
Creepy Emoticon Campaigns
Innocence en Danger Uses Unnerving Human Emojis for Ad Campaign
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36
Illustrated Anti-Bullying Ads
Illustrated Anti-Bullying Ads
This Anti-Bullying Campaign is Candid and Direct
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35
Then-and-Now City Maps
Then-and-Now City Maps
Detroit Urbex's Google Map Shows a Comparison of Old & New Detroit Streets
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34
Eclectic Brawling Menswear
Eclectic Brawling Menswear
Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 2014 Menswear Fights for Climate Change
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33
Taxidermy-Inspired Cycling Ads
Taxidermy-Inspired Cycling Ads
'Heads Propaganda' Urges Caution Through These Cyclist Safety Ads
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32
Empowering Feminism Posters
Empowering Feminism Posters
This Body Positive Illustration Series Inspires Women to Be Themselves
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31
Recycled Rubbish Sneakers
Recycled Rubbish Sneakers
Your Shoes are Rubbish Turns Ocean Trash into Sleek New Shoes
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30
Pop-Up Relief Shelters
Pop-Up Relief Shelters
This Pop-Up Shelter Provides Temporary Living Space for Four
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29
Disaster Aftermath Photography
Disaster Aftermath Photography
This Chernobyl Photography Series Shows a Lasting Effect
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28
Beard Styling Guides
Beard Styling Guides
The GentleManual Offers Advice On How to Style Your Facial Hair
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27
Romantic Equal Rights Portraits
Romantic Equal Rights Portraits
Photographer Braden Summers is Behind 'All Love is Equal'
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26
Mosaic Human Pantone Portraits
Mosaic Human Pantone Portraits
The ‘Humanæ’ Project is an Artistic Series About Skin Color
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25
Abused Iconic Characters
Abused Iconic Characters
The No Violence Against Women Project is Followed by the 'Cowards' Series
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24
Stripped Statement Selfie Campaigns
Stripped Statement Selfie Campaigns
The #StripForJackie Campaign is Effective and Going Viral
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23
Trash Food Chain Ads
Trash Food Chain Ads
These Surfrider Ads Show Where Garbage in the Ocean Eventually Ends Up
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22
Real Female Runway Shows
Real Female Runway Shows
The 2014 Paris Fashion Week Rick Owens Show Features Ordinary Women
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21
Liberating Feminist Illustrations
Liberating Feminist Illustrations
Carol Rossetti's Feminist Drawings Provoke Thought and Debate
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20
Interactive Pop-Up Aquariums
Interactive Pop-Up Aquariums
Kenzo Creates an Aquarium to Highlight the Harms of Overfishing
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19
Internally Conflicted Photography
Internally Conflicted Photography
This Transformation Photo Series is Psychedelic and Intense
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18
House-Converted Billboards
House-Converted Billboards
DesignDevelop Turns Ads into Shelters for the Homeless
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17
Stunning Oil-Spill Photography
Stunning Oil-Spill Photography
The 'Spill' BP Oil Spill Series is Beautiful and Horrifying
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16
Poignant Anti-Abuse Photography
Poignant Anti-Abuse Photography
Richard Johnson Depicts Victims of Verbal, Mental & Physical Abuse
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15
Nature-Transforming Memorial Sites
Nature-Transforming Memorial Sites
The Norway Memorial Site Will Be Transformed into a Sanctuary
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14
Easter Animal Cruelty Ads
Easter Animal Cruelty Ads
PETA's Easter Ad Highlights the Egg Industry's Killing of Chicks
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13
Cleavage-Blaming Abuse Ads
Cleavage-Blaming Abuse Ads
The Star Models Sexual Violence Campaign Promotes a Powerful Message
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12
Anti-Homeless Installments
Anti-Homeless Installments
Nils Norman Depicts the Questionable Nature of ‘Defensive Architecture’
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11
Animal Awareness Tattoos
Animal Awareness Tattoos
WWF Russia's Wild Animal Tattoos Encourage Permanent Inking for Awareness
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10
Face-Shattering Bullying Ads
Face-Shattering Bullying Ads
The Words Can Kill by Armando Testa Campaign Targets Offensive Terms
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9
Homeless Housing Solutions
Homeless Housing Solutions
Utah's Housing Works Program is Set to End Homelessness This Year
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8
Juxtaposed Weaponry Ads
Juxtaposed Weaponry Ads
The Adot Words Kill War Campaign is a Powerful Call to Peaceful Arms
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7
Abused Prince Posters
Abused Prince Posters
Saint Hoax' Abuse Awareness Campaign Stars the Men of Disney
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6
Diverse LGBT Couple Photography
Diverse LGBT Couple Photography
Braden Summers Photography Series 'All Love is Equal' is Stunning
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5
Shocking Shark Photography
Shocking Shark Photography
In This Series We See How Sharks are Hunted for Their Fins and Meat
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4
Revolutionary Micro-Home Initiatives
Revolutionary Micro-Home Initiatives
The Miniature Housing Project of Portland is Making Waves
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3
Naked Handstander Portraits
Naked Handstander Portraits
One Guy is Doing Naked Handstands Around the World for a Cause
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2
Trangender Relationship Photography
Trangender Relationship Photography
This Couple Photographed Their Evolving Trans Relationship
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1
Abused Princess Ads
Abused Princess Ads
These Battered Disney Ads by Saint Hoax Hope to Put an End to Domestic Abuse
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