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3rd Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

See below for official categories. The final entry deadline is September 20th, 2018.

The 11th Annual Shorty Awards will open for entries on October 22nd, 2018.

From the 9th Annual Shorty Awards

Could you forget everything you ever learnt?

Finalist in Video

About this entry

Without education, where would you be today? Currently, 3.6 million refugee children have lost their homes and are out of school. We wanted to see what a world without education would look like. So, we convinced a group of ordinary people to let us hypnotise them, to find out how they would handle losing their reading, writing and counting skills. All reactions are genuine and unscripted.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Under hypnosis, our participants were led to believe they couldn't read or write and everyday tasks, like telling time or reading an expiration date, became impossible. Luckily, their inability to read and write was temporary, but for millions of refugee children, it's a reality they live with daily and can become a lifetime of missed opportunities.

Our video created a powerful call to action - to stand with refugees, and ask world leaders to deliver a concrete plan to provide a quality education for all refugee children.


With 3.1 million views across platforms, this is our most-watched video of all time. In addition to performing well on social media, it had an impressive engagement rate and contributed to the nearly 190,000 signatures on our Education for Refugees petition.


Video for Could you forget everything you ever learnt?

Produced by

ONE Campaign, Don't Panic


About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch,, and the rest of the social web.

The Shorty Social Good Awards will be held November 15, 2018 in New York City