Agenda SEtting

In such critical times, independent brands must use their voice to speak up.

Key Takeaways

  1. Use your platform to address complex issues. Don’t be afraid to make statements: your brand is inherently political.
  2. Give back to the community you design for. Expand your reach beyond the product, and educate yourself to educate your audience.
  3. Don’t act too strategic. Fake activism is deplorable and highly counterproductive. Be ready for a new wave of ethical spenders.

In such critical times, independent brands must use their voice to speak up. How do you represent the community you design for? How do you address complex issues? “How-to” not virtue signal, while defining your brand’s conceptual and ethical stance.

Since George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, protestors have taken to the streets to fight racism in America, and beyond. “I Can’t Breathe,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Defund the Police” are just a few of the slogans that have generated a constantly referenced language, through which activists have been advocating justice for the victims of racism-induced police brutality worldwide.

While protests in major American and European cities continue to happen in the streets, despite the imposed curfews across the US, a new wave of digital activism supported the cause “from-home.” Although not all the output of the Instagram-based political action was virtuous—the #blackouttuesday squares have been rightly criticized by many, as a plethora of celebrities, corporations and more began to go dark on social media—remote participation has succeeded in amplifying the collective voice.

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