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Top 100 Activism Trends of 2015

From Outspoken Underwear Campaigns to Inequality-Exposing Machines

— January 24, 2016 — Social Good
The top 2015 activism trends reveal that gender-based violence and climate change are some of the most pressing concerns for activists around the world. Although important work is being done to tackle a wide variety of issues, consumers have found numerous ways to show concern for these particular problems.

Although activists have been increasing awareness about domestic violence for decades, this year saw several creative approaches to tackling the problem. The majority of these campaigns took a graphic approach in order to get the attention of consumers. From bruise-revealing beer coasters to outspoken underwear campaigns, these initiative demonstrate the need to combat gender-based violence.

The top 2015 activism trends also highlight climate change as a growing concern among activists. This pressing environmental issue has seen activists from all over the world voicing concerns over pollution, rising sea levels and threats to wildlife.

To dive deeper into issues such as activism, education and social change, turn to Trend Hunter's 2016 Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Disturbing Domestic Violence Ads
Disturbing Domestic Violence Ads
The No More Superbowl Ad Offers a Haunting Look at Domestic Abuse
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99
Apocalyptic Coffee Videos
Apocalyptic Coffee Videos
This Film Tells of the World Ending by Coffee Pod Waste
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98
Child-Finding Taxi Services
Child-Finding Taxi Services
This Rideshare Service is Now Integrated with the 'AMBER Alert System'
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97
Disabled Parking Projections
Disabled Parking Projections
Dislife's Campaign Shows the Importance of Accessible Parking Spots
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96
Charitable Singing Mockumentaries
Charitable Singing Mockumentaries
Coldplay Helps to Create an Unofficial Game of Thrones Musical
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95
Smog-Infused Desserts
Smog-Infused Desserts
This New Initiative Offers Edible Treats Inspired by Urban Pollution Issues
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94
Gentle Beekeeping Projects
Gentle Beekeeping Projects
Crown Bee's Initiative to Protect the Bees Highlights Native Bees
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93
Extreme Poverty Initiatives
Extreme Poverty Initiatives
Joey Adler Discusses the Live Below the Line Poverty Campaign
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92
Violence-Portraying Drink Coasters
Violence-Portraying Drink Coasters
The Violent Coasters Aim to Discourage Domestic Abuse
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91
Rooftop LGBT Collages
Rooftop LGBT Collages
Pantone Will Create a Massive LGBT Flag in Russia During the 2018 World Cup
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90
Endangered Animal Projections
Endangered Animal Projections
The Empire State Building Reminds Us to Save the Lions and Others
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89
Poacher-Tracking Drones
Poacher-Tracking Drones
The Icarus 3.0 UAV is a Tool to Help Stop Illegal Animal Poaching
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88
Luminous Livestock Campaigns
Luminous Livestock Campaigns
This Initative Aims to Make Animals More Visible to Drivers at Night
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87
Disappearing Water Portraits
Disappearing Water Portraits
Amnesty International Creates a Drawing in Water to Raise Awareness
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86
Ephemeral Awareness Ads
Ephemeral Awareness Ads
UNICEF's Snapchat Campaign Sheds Light on Missing Childhoods in Nigeria
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85
Bionic-Limbed Models
Bionic-Limbed Models
Rebekah Marine is a Fashion Model with a High-Tech Prosthetic Limb
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84
Produce-Sharing Communities
Produce-Sharing Communities
AmpleHarvest.org Lets Gardeners Give to Their Neighbors in Need
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83
Inequality-Exposing Machines
Inequality-Exposing Machines
This Device Recreates the Experience of Making Minimum Wage
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82
Pop-Up Relief Restaurants
Pop-Up Relief Restaurants
Grub Club's Temporary Eatery Raises Funds to Support for Nepal
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81
Social Pothole Campaigns
Social Pothole Campaigns
The Tweeting Pothole Initiative Asks City Officials to Fix Potholes
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80
Water-Providing Watches
Water-Providing Watches
TUK Minimal Watches Send Water to a Classroom in Cambodia with Each Sold
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79
Disability-Celebrating Portraits
Disability-Celebrating Portraits
The [dis]ABLED Inside Out Project Calls for Change
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78
Eye-Opening Reality Shows
Eye-Opening Reality Shows
'Sweatshop Deadly Fashion' Puts Fashion Bloggers to Work in Sweatshops
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77
Mobile Manufacturing Carts
Mobile Manufacturing Carts
This Mobile Device Transforms Plastic Bags into New Objects
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76
Anti-Abuse Fashion Shows
Anti-Abuse Fashion Shows
This Domestic Violence Awareness Stunt Takes the Form of a Runway Show
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75
Awareness-Raising Street Graphs
Awareness-Raising Street Graphs
Urban Fixtures are Transformed to Depict London's Housing Crisis
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74
Awareness-Raising Socks
Awareness-Raising Socks
These Colorful Socks Raise Awareness of Gloabal Issues and Charities
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73
Blood-Printed Magazines
Blood-Printed Magazines
Vangardist Fights the Stigma of HIV by Using Infected Blood as Ink
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72
Urban Air Pollution Desserts
Urban Air Pollution Desserts
Aeroir is a Meringue Made from Four Different Cities' Re-Created Smog
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71
Pro-Choice Drone Deliveries
Pro-Choice Drone Deliveries
Women on Waves’s Protest Drones Defies Polish Abortion Laws
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70
Gender Defying Portraits
Gender Defying Portraits
This Photo Series Showcases Gender-Non-Conforming Beauty
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69
Wildfire Awareness Pictures
Wildfire Awareness Pictures
This Series of Wildfire Photography Captures These Beautiful Disasters
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68
Paper Syringe Installations
Paper Syringe Installations
Art of Saving a Life by Zim & Zou Focuses on Promises of Immunization
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67
Kissable Cause Marketing
Kissable Cause Marketing
The Twizzler Challenge Hopes to be the Next Ice Bucket Challenge
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66
H2O Aid Initiatives
H2O Aid Initiatives
Clean Water Charity Project Supports a 'Made to Matter' Approach to Production
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65
Exotic Animal Awareness Photography
Exotic Animal Awareness Photography
Devin Mitchell's Series Depicts the Plight of Captive Animals
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64
Life-Sized Jungle Cat Cakes
Life-Sized Jungle Cat Cakes
This Tiger Cake was Created to Raise Awareness of Endangered Animals
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63
Mindful Water Taps
Mindful Water Taps
WWF Reveals the Water Consumption Journey with a Special Sink
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62
Blood-Based Art Installations
Blood-Based Art Installations
This Provocative Exhibit is Designed to Highlight LGBT Issues
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61
Ethical Vending Machines
Ethical Vending Machines
Fashion Revolution's Experiment Tests the Allure of Cheap Fashion
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60
LGBT-Supporting Sportswear
LGBT-Supporting Sportswear
The Nike #BeTrue Collection Celebrates the Potential of All Athletes
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59
Cheeky Anti-Censorship Campaigns
Cheeky Anti-Censorship Campaigns
This Designer Uses Painted Rocks to Send a Message About Nudity
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58
LGBT-Friendly Denim
LGBT-Friendly Denim
Levi’s 'Pride Collection' is Getting an Update in Honor of World Pride
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57
Exquisite Trash Fashions
Exquisite Trash Fashions
Candy Carousel by Janet Lee & Lorraine Kwan is Upcycled and Unusual
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56
Trash-Tracking Apps
Trash-Tracking Apps
Global Alert Helps People Monitor and Report Garbage for Cleanup
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55
Holographic Political Protests
Holographic Political Protests
A Recent Madrid Protest Was High-Tech and Featured No Humans
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54
Accessibility-Oriented School Bells
Accessibility-Oriented School Bells
This Bell Helps Schools Integrate Disabled Students
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53
Solar-Powered Distillation Systems
Solar-Powered Distillation Systems
This Innovative Water Distiller is Both Cheap and Efficient
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52
Homeless Viewpoint Ads
Homeless Viewpoint Ads
Depaul UK's Poverty Awareness Campaign Shows Two Sides of the Story
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51
World Migration Maps
World Migration Maps
This International Organization for Migration Map Shows Global Human Movement
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50
Gamified Eco Apps
Gamified Eco Apps
The Oroeco App and Climate Change Game Gets You to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
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49
Modified Food Photography
Modified Food Photography
'GMF Fruits' by Enrico Becker Explores the Commodification of Produce
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48
Shredding Billboard Campaigns
Shredding Billboard Campaigns
Act Responsible Promotes Its 'Great Ads for Good Causes' Exhibit
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47
Child Abuse Ads
Child Abuse Ads
The Abrinq Foundation Wants to "Write a Story in the Lives of Those Who Need It"
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46
Superhero-Inspired Activewear
Superhero-Inspired Activewear
This New Line of Performance Clothing Empowers Women
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45
Activism-Inspired Ads
Activism-Inspired Ads
These Fake Ads Mock Corporate Sponsorship at the Global Climate Summit
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44
Powerful Pollution Installations
Powerful Pollution Installations
Images of Crying Babies are Projected on Factory Smoke in Protest
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43
Child Humanist Campaigns
Child Humanist Campaigns
The Amnesty International Ad Shows Activism Can Start from Any Age
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42
Newspaper Water Bottles
Newspaper Water Bottles
These Unique Water Bottle Labels Are Printed with the Day's News
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41
Empowering Plus-Size Campaigns
Empowering Plus-Size Campaigns
This New Ad Seeks to Encourage Body Positivity in the Media
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40
Emoji Protest Signs
Emoji Protest Signs
Pentagram Delivers Messages Without Words at the People's Climate March
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39
Professional Injustice Portraits
Professional Injustice Portraits
These Professional Portraits Compare Black Women at Home and Work
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38
Conflict-Battling Bottles
Conflict-Battling Bottles
The WELLY Bottle is a Sustainable Option That Gives Back to the Planet
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37
Community-Inspiring Signage
Community-Inspiring Signage
The SXSW Kindsign Session Lets You Create Encouraging Signs
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36
Body Positive Calendars
Body Positive Calendars
This Calendar Series Celebrates Diverse Body Types
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35
Gender-Eliminating Photo Series
Gender-Eliminating Photo Series
The 'More Women' Campaign Looks at Politics Without Men
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34
Deceptive Fashion Ads
Deceptive Fashion Ads
Abrinq Foundation's Save the Children Campaign Focuses on Child Labor
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33
Londoner Narrative Billboards
Londoner Narrative Billboards
This Billboard Campaign Tells the Sad Stories of Former Londoners
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32
Elderly Homesharing Services
Elderly Homesharing Services
This Service Enables Homesharing for Seniors Currently Living Alone
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31
Devastated Wildlife Ads
Devastated Wildlife Ads
This Greenpeace Campaign Shows the Impact of Industry on Natural Wildlife
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30
Victimized Emoji Initiatives
Victimized Emoji Initiatives
The Abused Emojis Empower Children to Speak Up
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29
Outspoken Underwear Campaigns
Outspoken Underwear Campaigns
Brief Message Asks Men to Uncover Feelings About Male Violence
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28
Selfie-Based Fashion Campaigns
Selfie-Based Fashion Campaigns
This Initative Aims to Improve Conditions in Clothing Factories
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27
Humanitarian Drone Contests
Humanitarian Drone Contests
The 'Drones For Good' Contest Encourages Humanitarian Drone Innovation
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26
Stereotype-Fighting Photography
Stereotype-Fighting Photography
This Photo Series Aims to Change Skewed Perceptions About Africa
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25
Hidden Domestic Abuse Marketing
Hidden Domestic Abuse Marketing
This Home Decor Magazine Will Make You Take a Second Look
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24
Introductory Feminist Texts
Introductory Feminist Texts
Rad American Women Educates Children on the History of Feminism
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23
Exercise-Dependendant Water Machines
Exercise-Dependendant Water Machines
This Machine Requires Users to Run for Clean Drinking Water
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22
Powerful Awareness Images
Powerful Awareness Images
The 'I'm Tired' Project Sheds Light on Daily Discrimination
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21
Moral Harassment Campaigns
Moral Harassment Campaigns
Escala Creates Series of Eye-Opening Ads for Brazil's Ministry of Labor
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20
Faux Taxidermy Sculptures
Faux Taxidermy Sculptures
This Animal Head Art Narrates the Relationship Between Man and Beast
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19
Animal Awareness Typefaces
Animal Awareness Typefaces
The Panda Font Project Brings Awareness Through an Adorable Font
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18
Vibrant City-Wide Murals
Vibrant City-Wide Murals
This City Hired Local Artists to Turn a Town into a Rainbow Mural
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17
Minimalist Wooden Tableware
Minimalist Wooden Tableware
This Elegant Wooden Dishware is Matali Crasset's Newest Line
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16
Rising Sea Level Photos
Rising Sea Level Photos
These Images Predict How the World Will Look If Climate Change Continues
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15
Packaged Politicians
Packaged Politicians
World Leaders Photoshopped by Saint Hoax Touch on the Ethics of Eating
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14
Compressed Smog Bricks
Compressed Smog Bricks
This Art Project Creatively Responds to the China Smog Crisis
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13
Augmented Reality Piggy Banks
Augmented Reality Piggy Banks
The 'KOGUMA' Piggy Bank Donates to Wildlife Conservation Projects
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12
Body Positive Media Campaigns
Body Positive Media Campaigns
This Campaign Aims to Challenge Conventional Beauty Standards
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11
Pop-Up Homeless Shelters
Pop-Up Homeless Shelters
These Activists Created a Cozy Bedroom Set for the Homeless
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10
Bruise-Healing Billboards
Bruise-Healing Billboards
This Domestic Abuse Awareness Ad Has Onlookers Heal a Battered Woman
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9
Poignant Firearm Artwork
Poignant Firearm Artwork
This Exhibit Explores Our Complex Relationship with Firearms
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8
Portable Winter Shelters
Portable Winter Shelters
This Sleeping Bag Converts into a Tent on the Go
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7
Underwear Campaigns
Underwear Campaigns
Play Out Underwear Taps Breast Cancer Survivors for Its Latest Advertisement
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6
Morbid Logo Mockups
Morbid Logo Mockups
Bored Panda Helps Protest Labor Abuses in Qatar via World Cup Sponsors
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5
Comparative Climate Photographs
Comparative Climate Photographs
The 'Repeat Photography' Project Shows Worrying Signs
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4
Powerful Female Ads
Powerful Female Ads
The Terre des Femmes Campaign Makes a Bold Statement About Clothing Choices
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3
Inequality-Exposing Illustrations
Inequality-Exposing Illustrations
These Gender Equality Comics Use Humor to Illuminate Injustice
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2
Homeless Haircut Projects
Homeless Haircut Projects
Mark Bustos Wants to Help Change the Way People are Perceived
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1
Sensual Fish Campaigns
Sensual Fish Campaigns
Actress Helena Bonham Carter Cuddles Up to Tuna Naked for a Cause
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