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Special Project

Special Project

From the 15th Annual Shorty Awards Social Activism

This award honors the most effective and creative use of social media or digital by brands, organizations and institutions to address and dismantle systemic structural and interpersonal inequities based on race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability status and any intersection(s) thereof.

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Ana Commandment
On Friday, June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade effectively silencing the fundam…
Bank of America - Greening of Detroit
With more businesses embracing sustainability, Bank of America set out to bring attention to tree i…
Barbie You Can Be Anything Series
After releasing four successful episodes in 2021, the Barbie You Can Be Anything Series returned wi…
Carmichael Lynch and H&R Block: A Fair Shot
On July 1, 2021, the new NCAA Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) rule change went into effect, turning col…
Embrace Boston
King Boston, now named Embrace Boston, is an organization that seeks to “reimagine what’s possible.…
gold honor
Juneteenth Thoughts
There was no client for this work other than our own agency, but the need was clear: the industry’s…
silver honor
Justice for Some
If you’re wealthy and white in St. Louis, your pursuit of life, liberty and happiness is seamless. …
RetailWhileBlack founder Marissa Kearney is working to improve the retail experience for Black-owne…
Smithsonian Channel's Cyclebreakers
The Harpo + Smithsonian Channel documentary The Color of Care examines the obvious disparities in m…
bronze honor
The Second Question
AN IDOL ROOTED IN TRADITION  For over 500 years, Indians have been celebrating Durga Puja, f…
Why Don't We Care About Disabled People?
As Try Guy, Zach Kornfeld, has come to terms with his own disability, he has continued to see disab…
audience honor
Woombies - The Official Protest Plushie
When The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it was a horrible day for people who can have childr…