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Top 100 Activism Trends in 2013

From Gender Inequality Search Engines to Lip-Locking Protest

— January 3, 2014 — Social Good
Now that the Internet is the main form of global communication, it's become much easier to bring attention to a cause. This is reflected in the activism trends of 2013, which mostly focused on efforts fueled by social media, such as posters showcasing real Google search results that identify a feminist stigma. Even activism that wasn't intended to grow roots on the web wound up receiving viral attention, such as the pollution protest stunt in Vancouver, which placed gigantic six-pack holders around famous fish sculptures in the city.

Another pattern observed in activism trends of the past year is creativity and lightheartedness. In 2013, the general consensus seemed to be that more people will pay attention to a cause if it's framed in a fun way, as seen with the pee-powered party campaigns.

To learn more about the direction activism is going in, check out our Activism Trend Report.

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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
97
Wearable Personal Safety Devices
Wearable Personal Safety Devices
SafetyLink Provides Protection for Every Member of the Family
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96
Mock Citizen-Arresting Stunts
Mock Citizen-Arresting Stunts
This Shocking Stunt for 'Znak' Addresses Freedom of Speech Issues
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95
Love-Hungry Canine Campaigns
Love-Hungry Canine Campaigns
Balloon Messages Bring Joy to Stray Dogs in the Streets of Chile
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94
Life-Saving Mining Helmets
Life-Saving Mining Helmets
Ulten Quinlivan-Hopkins’ Revolutionary Tool is for Subterranean W
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93
Revolutionary Nature Documentaries
Revolutionary Nature Documentaries
Rob Stewart's Nature Documentary Predicts a Devastating Future
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92
Musical Weaponry
Musical Weaponry
Violent Weapons Given a Second Chance at Life Through Music
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91
Smartly Sustainable Sacks
Smartly Sustainable Sacks
Goedzak Bags are the Latest Effort in Garbage Reduction
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90
Melting North Pole PSAs
Melting North Pole PSAs
This Message from Santa Says Christmas is Canceled Due to Global Warming
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89
Social Media Singing Sites
Social Media Singing Sites
The ‘Tweet Your Tweet’ Website Features a Bird to Sing Twit
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88
Communally Knitted Ecosystems
Communally Knitted Ecosystems
The Crochet Coral Reef Project Educates People on Aquatic Habitats
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87
Ghostly Child Refugee Projections
Ghostly Child Refugee Projections
UNICEF Projects Images of Child Refugees onto Sweden's Streets
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86
Animal Cruelty Websites
Animal Cruelty Websites
Pawfect Pets is an Interactive Site Revealing the Truth About Puppy Mills
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85
Backlash Fighting Photography
Backlash Fighting Photography
The 'We are the 15 Percent' Series Highlights Interracial Marriage
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84
Extinction-Simulating Calendars
Extinction-Simulating Calendars
The 'Sanctuary Reverse Calendar' Counts Down Impending Doom
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83
Dystopic Ethical Farming Ads
Dystopic Ethical Farming Ads
Chipotle Hopes to 'Cultivate A Better World' with its New Ad
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82
Peaceful Gang Member Fashion
Peaceful Gang Member Fashion
Dylan Spencer-Davidson Creates a Friendly Gang Based Around Underwear
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81
Caged Animal Abuser Ads
Caged Animal Abuser Ads
These Animal Rights Advocacy Print Ads Reverse the Roles on Abusers
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80
Conflict-Resolving Pop Machines
Conflict-Resolving Pop Machines
Coca-Cola's 'Small World Machines' Connects Indians and Pakistanis
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79
Writing Bionic Arms
Writing Bionic Arms
The Worlds Most Powerful Arm Lets DMD Sufferers Sign Petitions
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78
Clever Pollution Protest Stunts
Clever Pollution Protest Stunts
The Plastic Pollution Coalition Sets Up Stunts in Vancouver
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77
Personified Dirt Floor Ads
Personified Dirt Floor Ads
The World Water Day 2013 Campaign Brings Awareness to Freshwater Needs
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76
Crime-Predicting Robots
Crime-Predicting Robots
Knightscope is a Police Robot That Predicts and Prevents Crime
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75
Militarized Natural Disaster Ads
Militarized Natural Disaster Ads
The Amnesty International Arms Trade Campaign is Out of Control
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74
Anti-Violence Statement Shirts
Anti-Violence Statement Shirts
Akomplice Makes a Stylish Statement Against Gun Violence
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73
Faux Fashion Line Ads
Faux Fashion Line Ads
The WWF Wonder World Fur Campaign Shows 'Beauty is a Weapon'
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72
Micro-Agression Confession Photography
Micro-Agression Confession Photography
American Photographer Kiyun Captures Racial Remarks
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71
Animalized Radiation Symbol Ads
Animalized Radiation Symbol Ads
The SORA Fukushima Dogs & Cat Rescue Campaign is Bold and Simple
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70
Interaction-Encouraging Signs
Interaction-Encouraging Signs
National Trust's Campaign Makes Fun of the 'Keep Off the Grass Sign'
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69
Philanthropic Purse Lines
Philanthropic Purse Lines
IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Donates to Three Charities With Every Bag Bought
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68
Profound Polar Bear Portraiture
Profound Polar Bear Portraiture
Paul Souders Captures Swimming Polar Bears in His Wildlife Series
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67
Awareness-Raising Reflective Artwork
Awareness-Raising Reflective Artwork
'The Lost Lakes' Spreads an Environmental Message in Beijing
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66
Domestic Pet Meat Ads
Domestic Pet Meat Ads
These Anti-Dog Meat Ads Shed Light on Thailand's Vulnerable Street Dogs
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65
Marathon Memorial Sneakers
Marathon Memorial Sneakers
The Consortium Boston Super OG Shoes Honor the Boston Runners
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64
Discouraging Discrimination Ads
Discouraging Discrimination Ads
Jornal de Londrina's Social Awareness Ads Convey Positive Messages
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63
DIY Tree Planting Kits
DIY Tree Planting Kits
The 'Grow Your Own Giant Redwood Tree' Box is Ecological and Long-Term
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62
Blood-Sucking Smoking Ads
Blood-Sucking Smoking Ads
The 'Mask' Campaign Discourage Smoking Through Dracula-Like Smokes
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61
Moving Refugee Photojournalism
Moving Refugee Photojournalism
Brian Sokol's The Most Important Thing Documents Items
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60
Anecdotal Watercolor Paintings
Anecdotal Watercolor Paintings
Andrea Krook Narrates Her Travel Observations with Colors
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59
Deceptive Corner-Bending Ads
Deceptive Corner-Bending Ads
AMMAR's 'Corner' Campaign Changes Perceptions About Prostitutes
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58
Haunting Homeless Advertisements
Haunting Homeless Advertisements
The People of the Streets Foundation Raise Homeless Awareness
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57
Protective Rugby Player Ads
Protective Rugby Player Ads
The Woman’s Room Campaign Urges "Stand Strong Against Violence"
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56
Suicide-Simulating Billboards
Suicide-Simulating Billboards
A Volunteer Ad Lets You Pick Up the Phone to Save a Girl
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55
Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Eyewear
Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Eyewear
Protect Your Eyes & the Planet with these Sustainable Shades
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54
Papyrus Monster Masterpieces
Papyrus Monster Masterpieces
The Jukumari Paper Toy is Intricately Constructed and Adorably Unique
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53
Burning Violence Ads
Burning Violence Ads
The Amnesty International Fan the Flame Campaign is Utterly Powerful
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52
Nostalgic Alzheimer's Campaign Ads
Nostalgic Alzheimer's Campaign Ads
Domenico Liberti Erases Family Photos to Evoke Awareness
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51
Superstar Syndrome Campaigns
Superstar Syndrome Campaigns
The Dyslexia Association of Malaysa Uses Idols to Empower Children
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50
Watercolor Animal Ads
Watercolor Animal Ads
The WWF 'No water, No life' Campaign is Artistically Abstract
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49
Upcycled Fan Lamps
Upcycled Fan Lamps
Fantasized by Sep Verboom is Made Using Waste Found in the Philippines
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48
Facade Graffiti Facelifts
Facade Graffiti Facelifts
Boa Mistura Revamped an Old Building with a Community Mural Project
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47
Anti-Internet Assault Activism
Anti-Internet Assault Activism
This Cyber Bullying Campaign Illustrates the Problem Literally
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46
Gun Violence-Protesting Photography
Gun Violence-Protesting Photography
The 'Too Young To Die' Series Addresses Gun Control Issues
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45
Pee-Powered Party Campaigns
Pee-Powered Party Campaigns
The 'Electric Pee' Campaign Transformed Urine into Music
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44
Lip-Locking Protest Editorials
Lip-Locking Protest Editorials
The German Issue of GQ Features Gentlemen Against Homophobia
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43
Depressingly Honest Office Captures
Depressingly Honest Office Captures
These Office Photos are Cubicle Sympathizers
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42
Animalistic Superhero Sculptures
Animalistic Superhero Sculptures
This Iron Man Gorilla Sculpture Turns Tony Stark into a Primate
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41
Child Slave Infomercials
Child Slave Infomercials
The 'Child for Sale' Commercial Features Children Being Sold Like Objects
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40
Dehumanizing Zoo Exhibitions
Dehumanizing Zoo Exhibitions
The 'Human ZOO' Displays People from Fringe Groups Like Animals
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39
Supernatural Mental Illness Sketches
Supernatural Mental Illness Sketches
This Mental Illness Art Imagines the Sickness as Monsters
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38
Sexist-Shaming Comeback Tweets
Sexist-Shaming Comeback Tweets
The Everyday Sexism Project Crowd-Sourced Comebacks
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37
Elegant Ethically-Sourced Fashions
Elegant Ethically-Sourced Fashions
Emma Watson Promotes Ethical Fashion from NET-A-PORTER
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36
Beast-Repairing Ads
Beast-Repairing Ads
This WWF Promotion Features Animals Being Treated Like Autos
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35
Dismaying Feminist Campaigns (UPDATE)
Dismaying Feminist Campaigns (UPDATE)
PolyMic Re-imagines a Feminist-Friendly World
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34
Politically Charged Photography
Politically Charged Photography
Photographer Monica Denevan Captures Everyday Life in Burma
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33
Majestic Jungle Cat Portraits
Majestic Jungle Cat Portraits
This Bengal Tiger Photography Offers an Intimate Look at the Beasts
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32
Heart-Clogging Print Campaigns
Heart-Clogging Print Campaigns
The World Health Day Ad Presents a Heart Bursting from Gluttony
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31
Photoshop-Revealing GIFS
Photoshop-Revealing GIFS
These GIFS Reveal the Drastic Enhancing Effects of Celebrity Photoshop
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30
Dejected Zoo Animal Photography
Dejected Zoo Animal Photography
'Captive' Reveals the Heartbreaking Reality Behind Zoos
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29
Oppressive Social Commentary Art
Oppressive Social Commentary Art
The Oppression Art Series Portrays Society as a Horde of Zombies
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28
Dictatorial Trash Ads
Dictatorial Trash Ads
A Campaign for 'Let's Do It Ukraine!' Imbues Trash with Evil
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27
Colorful Communal Salvaged Artwork
Colorful Communal Salvaged Artwork
2,100 Recycled Plastic Water Bottles Were Used in This Mural
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26
Marriage Equality Internet Memes
Marriage Equality Internet Memes
These Memes for Red Equality Offer Very Creative Variants
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25
Meaningful Facial Photo Manipulations
Meaningful Facial Photo Manipulations
Metra and Jeanson’s Art is a Commentary on Altered Pho
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24
Vertical Tent Pods
Vertical Tent Pods
A-KAMP47 by Malka Architecture Provides Shelter for the Homeless
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23
Typographic Accident Ads
Typographic Accident Ads
This Texting and Driving Campaign Hides Danger Within Oversized Letters
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22
Plastic-Infused Surfing Ads
Plastic-Infused Surfing Ads
These Anti-Pollution Ads for Surfrider Throw Plastic in Surfers' Faces
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21
Spectacular Polar Bear Puppets
Spectacular Polar Bear Puppets
The Greenpeace Polar Bear Struts Her Stuff for the Arctic
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20
Anti-Ice Cream Campaigns
Anti-Ice Cream Campaigns
The Change One Thing Truck Mobilizes Kids to Make Healthy Choices
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19
Abandoned Bridge Party Zones
Abandoned Bridge Party Zones
The Pod Mostom Hangout Space is a Thriving Urban Regeneration Project
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18
Duplicitous Depression Ads
Duplicitous Depression Ads
Ads from Samaritans of Singapore Change Meaning When Flipped
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17
Wringed-Animal Campaigns
Wringed-Animal Campaigns
A Disturbing Sea Shepherd Campaign as Ocean Creatures Being Twisted
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16
Witty Feminist Beer Ads
Witty Feminist Beer Ads
Ads for Rotthammer Beer Comically Promote Gender Equality
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15
Packaged Ocean Trash Campaigns
Packaged Ocean Trash Campaigns
The 'Catch of the Day' Campaign Displays Debris Like Food
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14
LGBT Comic Book Characters
LGBT Comic Book Characters
Archie Comics' Character Kevin Got His First Kiss
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13
Corrupted Child Awareness Ads
Corrupted Child Awareness Ads
Unicef Portrays that a Child Who Learns is an Adult Who Teaches
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12
Inflatable Concert Halls
Inflatable Concert Halls
The Arc Nova is a Mobile Inflatable Venue Which Will be Used for Music
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11
Viral Tattoo Activism
Viral Tattoo Activism
Kelly Davidson's Chest Tattoo Makes the Fight Against Breast Cancer Go Viral
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10
Nature-Infused Skull Portraits
Nature-Infused Skull Portraits
DZO Olivier's 'Biofusion' Drawings Combine Nature and Modern Living
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9
Bruise-Revealing Abuse Ads
Bruise-Revealing Abuse Ads
This Domestic Abuse Campaign Uses Beer Coasters to Deliver Its Message
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8
Social Media Street Sign Ads
Social Media Street Sign Ads
A Safe Driving Campaign Incorporates Social Media Icons with Signs
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7
Brutal Wildlife Campaigns
Brutal Wildlife Campaigns
These Wildlife Friend Foundation Thailand Ads Feature Grotesque Killing
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6
Female-Empowering Street Art
Female-Empowering Street Art
'Stop Telling Women to Smile' Tackles On-Going Street Harassment
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5
Feminized Male Makeovers
Feminized Male Makeovers
Men with Fancy Hair Features Males Sporting Lady Updos
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4
Exploited Labour Ads
Exploited Labour Ads
This World Vision Child Slavery Campaign is a Call to End Corruption
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3
Community-Building Balloon Art
Community-Building Balloon Art
Luzinterruptus' Water Installation Celebrates Communal Spaces
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2
Disturbing Gender Inequality Ads
Disturbing Gender Inequality Ads
These Powerful Ads Illustrate Sexist Opinions and Attitudes
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1
Poignant Post-Pregnancy Photography
Poignant Post-Pregnancy Photography
The ‘4th Trimester Bodies Project’ Promotes Body A
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