Oxfam Sparks Under-30s to Make a Big Noise for Fair Trade

Cover your ears. Oxfam International is enacting a new strategy for global change: Think creatively, and make a big noise for fair trade.

That’s the essence of Make a BIG NOISE for Make Trade Fair, a new non-traditional media competition dreamed up by Oxfam’s New Zealand-based marketing firm. The campaign goal (and the contest is a communications strategy, to generate a broader-based campaign strategy…very meta) is to 1)move people to make trade fair by signing the Big Noise petition; and 2) to create awareness of trade issues and motivate audiences to conscious consumerism, with free trade in mind.

This is how the contest works:

  • All under-30s worldwide are invited to submit a campaign idea in support of Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign. The competition starts on December 1, 2006.
  • The winner will see her idea brought to life on a global scale across non-traditional media channels, and have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s greatest creative talent to make that happen.
  • Other partners will assist in streaming, hosting, distributing and promoting the campaign worldwide through various non-traditional channels.
  • The competition starts on December 1, 2006. Entries close on February 9th, 2007.

Oxfam’s done a great job of marrying the contest (which has a great game-oriented Web site) with a multi-faceted free trade campaign with all elements targeted to under-30 crowd. Elements include:

  • A clear, succinct creative brief on the campaign — detailing focus, objectives, target audiences, messages.
  • A forum, which will open in early December, for contest entrants and potential entrants, to submit questions and swap ideas.
  • Free-trade oriented film clips, for site visitors who want to learn more.
  • Links to other resources that will help visitors in their "quest to make the world a fairer place."

I’m looking forward to seeing the winning campaign generated by the contest, and will update you on contest news over the next couple of months.

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Nancy Schwartz on November 20, 2006 in Case Studies, Nonprofit Communications, Specific Audience Segments, Unique Approaches, Web 2.0 | 0 comments
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