Here are three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work this week.
It's Our Time
It is estimated that two million 18-30-year-olds are not registered to vote in the UK! With the registration deadline fast approaching before the next General Election (26th November) - the Comms Lab has launched the #ItsOurTime campaign. The campaign sets an open challenge to the creative industry, encouraging them to inspire future voters who care about climate change to get registered and make their vote count. Check it out and get involved below!
Berlin Wall - Learning Lessons From The Past
Tomorrow, the 9th November will mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. To spread awareness, the Imperial War Museum in London is displaying WALL - an installation that creates a dialogue between 1989 and 2019. Two pieces of the original Berlin wall have been painted by street artists that have come together to collaborate and take a stand. Thierry Noir started illegally painting the Berlin wall while it was still standing in the early 80s. His bold and colourful characters were a symbol of resistance during the Cold War. STIK has been using his stick figure murals to comment on social issues since the early 2000s. Together they make a powerful duo and a bold message.
The installation is being displayed until 1st December, so make sure you check it out.
Creating Inclusive Spaces
Moving our focus from Berlin to Memphis, we take a look at transformative parks that once hosted statues of Confederate generals and KKK leaders but are now looking to a brighter future and creating inclusive public spaces that welcome everyone.
The Memphis River Park’s redesigns are all about equity, inclusion, and opportunity. After removing the landmarks that represented an oppressive past, the green spaces are now filled with adult-sized play equipment, activities and events that are deliberately designed to bring diverse groups of people together. Celebrating all different races, ages, family types and incomes - the parks give people who might not normally interact with each other an inviting place to be together whether it’s for free yoga, concerts, dancing or just a friendly fireside chat.
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