Social Cause (141)
A cleaning tag
A new campaign by the French government has made its mark on some of Paris’ walls. Called the ‘clean tag concept’, social messages are stencilled on walls by cleaning the surfaces rather than painting them. It promotes messages about social issues (helping the homeless), cultural issues(restoring historic monuments) and environmental issues(making the city cleaner).
Why it matters
By using tags in a “clean” perspective, the French state has taken into account the need for the communication format to match the message conveyed. When it comes to social causes, is making the most of urban culture the key to bringing further awareness to a younger audience?
Studies show that social mobility in Germany depends largely on socio-economic heritage - not on intelligence. To change this, university students started an initiative called “Rock your life” which organizes one-to-one relations in which undergraduate students coach younger pupils from secondary modern schools and deprived areas.
The Sims 3 is a hugely popular ‘life simulation’ videogame based on the repercussions of characters becoming made poor and homeless. The ‘Alice and Kev’ blog has drawn praise for how it tells the surprisingly moving stories of two characters as they struggle to cope with enforced poverty in Sims world.