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Top 100 Activism Trends of 2012

From Human Torture Activism to Social Responsibility Charts

— December 26, 2012 — Social Good
Philanthropy was very much en vogue in 2012, resulting in many varied activism trends. The rise of social media has not only made information on important issues available to all, it has allowed for an easier way to form communities around these issues.

Perhaps the biggest example of online community-fueled activism seen this year is the mass uproar of the Internet that came after SOPA, the government's online piracy act that would, if implemented, change Web forever. The most memorable piece dedicated to this issue is the Oatmeal's hipster piracy meme.

Other amazing examples of activism seen in 2012 include the political graffiti protests that turned potholes in Russia into the faces of some of its government officials to symbolize a lack of concern for the quality of the streets, and meme-based abuse videos that flip the lighthearted nature of Internet humor on its head.

Though all of these micro trends are compelling, our Activism Trend Report is best for you if you're looking to sort through the chaos and find consumer insight in the social good industry.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
97
Poverty-Preventing Pizza Campaigns
Poverty-Preventing Pizza Campaigns
The Hunger Delivery Video Shows How Pizza is Ending Hunger
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96
Socially Responsible Snail-Mail
Socially Responsible Snail-Mail
The Global Peace-Pal Program Uses Art to Break Down Barriers
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95
Call-to-Action Celeb Campaigns
Call-to-Action Celeb Campaigns
The ‘Truth or Dare Live Below the Line' Video Challenge
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94
Human Impact Films
Human Impact Films
The Globaïa 'Welcome to the Anthropocene' Movie Promotes Protecting Resour
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93
Handcrafted Typographic Handsaws
Handcrafted Typographic Handsaws
(SUB)PRIME-CUTS Saws by Vault49 Have Multiple Uses
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92
Street Tweet Activism
Street Tweet Activism
One Street Tweeter Prints 40 Character Messages Onto Highways
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91
Environmentally Conscious Duds
Environmentally Conscious Duds
'Project Recycling' Sells Sweet Shirts Made from Water Bottles
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90
Bear-Patterned Olympic Taxis
Bear-Patterned Olympic Taxis
The Chengdu 'Panda Cabs' Are a Hit with London Locals
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89
Child-Hacked Weapons
Child-Hacked Weapons
The Create a Master-Peace Campaign Encourages Kids to Create Docile Firearms
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88
Critter Adoption Charts
Critter Adoption Charts
The 'How Saving a Pet Might Just Save Your Life' Infographic is Adorable
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87
Gruesome Campaign Videos
Gruesome Campaign Videos
Amnesty International Independence Reel Illustrates the World's Cruelty
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86
Ape Fundraising Films
Ape Fundraising Films
The Disney Chimpanzee Movie Helps the Jane Goodall Foundation
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85
Reckless Driving Road Tests
Reckless Driving Road Tests
Responsible Young Drivers Shows the Dangers of Texting and Driving
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84
Emily Hill, Founder of Stop Traffick Fashion (INTERVIEW)
Emily Hill, Founder of Stop Traffick Fashion (INTERVIEW)
Empowering Employment for Women
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83
Protestor-Targeted Color Cannons
Protestor-Targeted Color Cannons
Indian Police Use Purple Water to Spray Rioters in Srinagar
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82
NBA Tea Parties
NBA Tea Parties
The Hoops for St. Jude Project Brings Two Memphis Grizzly All Stars to Children
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81
Hiding Oil Tanker Ads
Hiding Oil Tanker Ads
The Surfrider Foundation Busted! Campaign Asks for Help to Sue Polluters
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80
Poverty-Aiding Bins
Poverty-Aiding Bins
Toknee by Yash Mevada Aids the Poor by Making Trash Scavenging Easier
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79
Problem-Solving Road Sign Ads
Problem-Solving Road Sign Ads
The One Young World 2012 Campaign Urges Solving Crises at Same Time
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78
Dental Phobia Comparison PSAs
Dental Phobia Comparison PSAs
Impact Teen Drivers Uses Comedy to Generate Awareness
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77
Hipster Piracy Memes
Hipster Piracy Memes
Founder of TheOatmeal.com Matthew Inman Creates the SOPA/PIPA GIF
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76
Disease-Fighting Policy Graphs
Disease-Fighting Policy Graphs
The 'We Can't End AIDS Until We End the Drug War' Chart is Telling
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75
Truthful Egg-Focused Infographics
Truthful Egg-Focused Infographics
This Happy Hen Chart Explores an Ugly Truth Behind Factory Farms
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74
Male Sports Star PSAs
Male Sports Star PSAs
The '1 is 2 Many' Ad Tackles Violence Against Women
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73
Social Media Bullying Campaigns
Social Media Bullying Campaigns
Facebook Be Bold: Stop Bullying Canada Unites Against Harassment
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72
Gay Rights Fairytale Classics
Gay Rights Fairytale Classics
The 'Cinderfella' Todrick Hall Video is Adorably Modern
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71
Political Graffiti Protests
Political Graffiti Protests
Ura.Ru Fixes These Painted Politician Potholes
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70
Mobile Dental Units
Mobile Dental Units
The Dentassist Will Provide Care for People Around the World
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69
Reckless Driving Awareness Games
Reckless Driving Awareness Games
'Don't Kill the Squirrel' is a Clever Educational Videogame
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68
Socially Supportive Soles
Socially Supportive Soles
Bangs Shoes Provides Aid to Those in Need With Every Pair Purchased
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67
Child Marriage Graphics
Child Marriage Graphics
The 'Girl Effect: A Global Challenge' Infographic Aims to Find a Solution
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66
Parental Awareness PSAs
Parental Awareness PSAs
Drugfree.org 'Denial' and 'Enabler' Ads Shift Focus to Parents
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65
Intergenerational Poverty Ads
Intergenerational Poverty Ads
Girl Hub in Nigeria Promotes Speech Without Words
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64
Bloody Flow Chart Ads
Bloody Flow Chart Ads
The Armstrong Foundation Campaign is Dark and Brutal
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63
Politically Charged Fashion Shoots
Politically Charged Fashion Shoots
The Akomplice 2012 Fall/Winter Lookbook is Shot at the 2012 DNC
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62
Commandeered Statue Protests
Commandeered Statue Protests
Amnesty Uses Well-Known Spots in Belfast to Raise Awareness
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61
Russian Doll Prostitution Ads
Russian Doll Prostitution Ads
ECPAT USA 'Meet Emma' Child Prostitution Campaign is Touching
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60
Social Good Body Stamps
Social Good Body Stamps
‘The Temporary Tattoo Project' Makes Socially Responsible Tatt
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59
Arboreal Musical Installations
Arboreal Musical Installations
The Tree Concert is an Eco-Activist Art Project
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58
Punk Rock Injustice Protests
Punk Rock Injustice Protests
The Pussy Riot March Video Stands up Against Vladimir Putin
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57
Activist Super Bowl Billboards
Activist Super Bowl Billboards
PETA Chicken Wings Ad Discourages Wing-Eating During Games
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56
Enchanting Arborial Creations
Enchanting Arborial Creations
'Blue Trees' by Konstantin Dimopoulos Advocates Awareness
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55
Eco-Activist Sticky Notes
Eco-Activist Sticky Notes
The Snuk Memo Pad Decorates and Informs About Global Warming
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54
Web-Induced Activism Stats
Web-Induced Activism Stats
Social Change by Social Media is Explored in This Infographic
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53
Apocalyptic-Provoking Billboards
Apocalyptic-Provoking Billboards
'Echoes of Voices in High Towers' Makes Berlin Think Collectively
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52
Ethically Ambiguous Jewels
Ethically Ambiguous Jewels
The 'Blood Diamonds on the High Street' Infograph will Give You a Pause
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51
Meme-Based Abuse Videos
Meme-Based Abuse Videos
Sh*t Kids Say Draws from Popular Clips But Has an Important
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50
Bomb-Seeking Smartphone Apps
Bomb-Seeking Smartphone Apps
SAPER Explosives Recognition Software Helps Prevent Fatalities
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49
Bronzed Animal Activism
Bronzed Animal Activism
The Surfrider Foundation 'Ocean Armor' Campaign Shows a Lack of Protection
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48
Socially Connected Activism
Socially Connected Activism
The Social Media and Social Change Infographic Explains Modern Means
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47
People-Power Photography
People-Power Photography
‘The Occupiers' Series Profiles Activists from Zuccotti Park
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46
Animal Exploitation Infographics
Animal Exploitation Infographics
The PETA Life of a Cow Graph is Heartbreaking
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45
Amnesty Equation Ads
Amnesty Equation Ads
The Brazilian Red Cross: Plus Sign Campaign Captures Charitable Efforts
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44
Real Life Superheros
Real Life Superheros
Lenny 'Batman' Robinson Dons Dark Knight Garb to Cheer Up Sick Kids
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43
Decadently Decayed Shoots
Decadently Decayed Shoots
The Klaus Pichler ‘One Third' Series Reveals the Rotten Natu
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42
Charitable Cartoon Causes
Charitable Cartoon Causes
The Terminally Illin’ Comic Book Stands Up to Cancer
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41
Reinforcing Positive Road Symbols
Reinforcing Positive Road Symbols
'This is a Good Sign' Message Sends Harmony and Relief to Others
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40
Moving Sewer Snapshots
Moving Sewer Snapshots
VICE's ‘Children of the Sewer' Reveals Untold Tragedy
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39
Guerilla City Buildings
Guerilla City Buildings
'WEAK' Creates Illegal Architecture to Preserve Chinese Culture
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38
Talking Animal T-Shirts
Talking Animal T-Shirts
Le Sandstone Makes a Fashion Statement & an Ethical One
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37
Hero-Inspired Automobiles
Hero-Inspired Automobiles
The Justice League Kia Cars Fight Against Hunger
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36
Torn Stamp Ads
Torn Stamp Ads
The Amnesty International 2012 Campaign Writes a Different History
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35
Exclusive Savory Meat Clubs
Exclusive Savory Meat Clubs
The Savenor's Bacon Society Lets Members Select Prime Pork Cuts
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34
Celebrity Social Campaigns
Celebrity Social Campaigns
The Vivienne Westwood ‘No Place Like Home' Project Does Goo
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33
Encouraging Optimist Signage
Encouraging Optimist Signage
The Brighter Day Project is Positive Reinforcement for the Public
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32
Aqua-Saving Social Media Campaigns
Aqua-Saving Social Media Campaigns
The 'Close the Tap' Campaign Looks to Preserve Resources
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31
Brutal Bruise Ads
Brutal Bruise Ads
The Ni Putes Ni Soumises Campaign Shows the Color of Violence
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30
Pet-Protecting Men
Pet-Protecting Men
The 'Show Your Soft Side' Campaign is Purr-fect
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29
Pollution Prevention Toys
Pollution Prevention Toys
The Dorothy No Globes Provide Awareness for Climate Change
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28
Socially Conscious Timepieces
Socially Conscious Timepieces
The Purchase of a 1:Face Watch Brings Awareness to Global Issues
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27
Personalizing Health Campaigns
Personalizing Health Campaigns
The Kyle Monk 'Faces of Cystic Fibrosis' Photography is Awesome
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26
Money-Covering Crises Ads
Money-Covering Crises Ads
The Amnesty International France Campaign Promotes Personal Donations
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25
Exposé Prison Photography
Exposé Prison Photography
Thomas Martin Captures Life in a Burundi Jail
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24
High Volume Charity Ads
High Volume Charity Ads
The New Actionaid Speakers Campaign Effectively Delivers its Message
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23
Wondrous Wildlife Wardrobes
Wondrous Wildlife Wardrobes
'Pandamonium' by WWF is a Collection of Chic World Issue Costumes
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22
Controversial Customized Tees
Controversial Customized Tees
Peace, Progress & Pleasure Creates Political Apparel
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21
Human Torture Activism Campaigns
Human Torture Activism Campaigns
LUSH Cosmetics Use Humans to Fight Animal Testing
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20
Altruistic Street Art
Altruistic Street Art
Fulton’s ‘Forget to Remember’ Examines Gentrification
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19
Wall-Mounted Wishbone Installations
Wall-Mounted Wishbone Installations
Brood by Kate MccGwire is a Tribute to Slain Chicken
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18
Shocking Supermodel Infograhpics
Shocking Supermodel Infograhpics
The Model Alliance Studies Expose Alarming Statistics
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17
Finger-Formed Piano Ads
Finger-Formed Piano Ads
The Amnesty International 'Living in Harmony' Campaign is Powerful
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16
Repurposed Tin Cans
Repurposed Tin Cans
The Soup Can Caddy Carries Your Summer Essentials
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15
Offensive Candlesticks
Offensive Candlesticks
Middle Finger Candles Shine a Light for the Lost and Protest Nuclear Power
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14
Chromatic Awareness Ads
Chromatic Awareness Ads
The 'Men In Fight Against Breast Cancer 2012' Campaign is Artfully Hued
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13
Provocative Pistol Photography
Provocative Pistol Photography
'Sons with Guns ' by Hans Proppe Portrays a Shocking Message
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12
Lazy Activism Statistics
Lazy Activism Statistics
The Rise of the Slacktivist Infographic is Full of Interesting Info
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11
Bottle Cap Sun Illuminators
Bottle Cap Sun Illuminators
The 'WakaWaka' Solar Lamp Provides a Day of Light on a Single Charge
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10
Archetype-Condemning Ads
Archetype-Condemning Ads
'No One Deserves to Die' Posters Send Complex Message About Lung Cancer
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9
Elegant Bomb-Recycled Jewelry
Elegant Bomb-Recycled Jewelry
Upcycled Jewelry from Saught is Made from Shrapnel
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8
Whimsical War-Inspired Accessories
Whimsical War-Inspired Accessories
Peace Bronze Fuses Fashion and War Weapons in its Designs
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7
Dramatic Slum Imagery
Dramatic Slum Imagery
The ‘Dead Traffic’ Series by Kim Thue Captures Freetown
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6
Beastly Business Paintings
Beastly Business Paintings
The Tony Taylor Animal Art Promotes Social Change
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5
Social Responsibility Charts
Social Responsibility Charts
2012 Social Activism Infographics Shows How Young Folks Can Help
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4
Phone-Enabled Violence Campaigns
Phone-Enabled Violence Campaigns
Interactive Billboard by NCDV Allows Texters to 'Drag Him Away'
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3
Anti-Advertising Street Art
Anti-Advertising Street Art
The 'Brandalism' Billboards Reclaim UK Outdoor Areas
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2
Customized Disney Princess Kicks
Customized Disney Princess Kicks
Etsy User 'Creativity in the Making' Hand Paints TOMS Shoes
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1
Race Re-imagined Damsels
Race Re-imagined Damsels
Racially Altered Disney Princesses Touch on Feminist Issues
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