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By Julia Nadeau

On 02, May 2016 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

UNICEF Innocenti: Fairness for Children

Early in 2016, we were approached by UNICEF Innocenti to create two videos based on the findings of their latest report, Innocenti Report Card 13.

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On 12, Nov 2015 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

CIVIX Explains Government Basics

We created a series of videos to illustrate the basics of government and democracy, the right to vote, our three levels of government and how the Canadian electoral system works.

For this series, we collaborated with Campfire Collective, a Toronto-based motion graphic and art studio.

Click through for a full playlist of all four videos.

Learn more about Student Vote here.

Student Vote is program of CIVIX, a non-partisan charity building the skills and habits of citizenship among young Canadians.

Toutes les vidéos sont disponibles en français içi.

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By Julia Nadeau

On 05, Nov 2015 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

Have We Been Lied To?

Agribusiness seeks to keep us in the dark, but this animated video shines a light on the truth.

We created this video for FARM USA to show many of the standard practices of animal farming. While many videos on the topic include shocking imagery of animal suffering, our animated approach allows the audience to learn about beak clipping, tail docking, cage restrictions, and more, without being confronted with graphic footage.

Join the FARM USA Better Eating Pledge here.

Check out FARM USA here.

On 14, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

#DiveDeeper – The Water Brothers

Dive Deeper is the interactive component and accompaniment to The Water Brothers series, a television show on TVO that follows Alex and Tyler Mifflin as they take their audience around the globe to uncover issues affecting water sources. Based on the weekly topic of the show, our team designed individual interactive stories that work as a supplement to educate the Water Brothers audience. This is done through the creation of scrollable stories, which are accessible across a variety of mobile, tablet, and desktop platforms.

Take a look at the stories at The Water Brothers website.

On 14, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

The Water Brothers Season 3

All seven episodes of The Water Brothers Season 3 are up on their website! Time to binge watch and learn about all things water, from overfishing, to water in space, and everything in between!

We really enjoyed working with Alex and Tyler, creating animations for their TV show, as well as interactive web stories to help their audience learn more about the problems facing water sources and how to become part of the solution.

Watch all the episodes here.

Scroll and discover the Dive Deeper interactive stories here.

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By Julia Nadeau

On 22, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

IISD Reporting Services

We created this video for The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to highlight the important work they are doing reporting on policy and decision-making around environmental issues.

In their words: “For over 23 years we have been tracking the story of sustainable development in international negotiations and reporting on it under our flagship publication, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Over time we have grown to offer more and this video helps explain the importance of the work IISD Reporting Services engages in.”

To learn more about IISD visit: www.iisd.ca.

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By Julia Nadeau

On 22, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

I Am Me

McGill University approached us to create a video based on a series of monologues and poems written and recorded by students affected with mental health issues. We collaborated with the Toronto-based artist Jon Todd to paint a portrait of the student with visual elements to colour her monologue. We hope to do our part to spread mental health awareness and education.

Learn More: www.mcgill.ca/mentalhealth

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By Julia Nadeau

On 22, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

Help Stop Harper’s ‘Secret Police’ Bill

We created this video with Leadnow.ca to help build momentum and act out a plan to #RejectFear, and stop the Harper Conservative’s ‘Secret Police’ bill (a.k.a. Bill C-51) from coming into law.

Find out more at www.leadnow.ca/rejectfear.

Hashtag:
#RejectFear

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By Julia Nadeau

On 22, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In | By Julia Nadeau

Wealth Inequality in Canada

The Broadbent Institute is an independent, progressive organization in Canada that seeks to promote equality, sustainability and democratic values. This video explains the findings of their study about wealth distribution in Canada, and highlights the disproportion between Canadian perceptions on income inequality and the realities that exist.

Learn More: www.broadbentinstitute.ca/income_inequality

On 14, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

EU Investment in Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

On September 26th 2012, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW), a German foundation, launched a specially commissioned report from Policy Cures, titled “Saving Lives and Creating Impact: EU Investment in Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases.” The new study quantifies for the first time, the domestic benefits the EU derives from public investment in poverty-related and neglected diseases, including at least 13,000 jobs created between and 2002 and 2010 and a further €1.05 in investments into the Union for each €1 of European public PRND R&D spending.

This video was a call to action for greater investment in this area, and it succeeded! On November 28, 2012, the EU’s Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE) Committee voted to continue funding of R&D for poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRND). This is a major win for health, the international development community, the Gates Foundation (our client in this effort), and most importantly for people around the world suffering from diseases like malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS.

For more information, please visit: www.dsw-online.org

Created by Thought Café in association with Found Object Films.

On 13, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Give a Pack of Wolves This Christmas

Check out our latest animation for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). If you’re racking your brain trying to come up with the right gift for that special person on your list, consider listening to a few wise words from actor David Strathairn.

On 13, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Americans For Tax Fairness – Stop Congress From Handing Out Checks For Millionaires

Republicans in Congress reportedly voted for an average tax break of $160,000 per year for millionaires–simultaneous with tax hikes on 25 million families.

Americans For Tax Fairness want to call attention to this issue, and demand a ‘comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs.’ Parts of it includes forcing the wealthy and big corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. What are your thoughts on the issue, and how can we come up with a tax reform that’s fair for all?

Learn more about AFTF here.
Check out our second video with AFTF here.

On 13, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

How Can Approval Voting Help Elections?

The Center For Election Science teamed up with us to create this video–probably our cutest to date–about a method of voting called Approval Voting. Approval Voting is a voting method for single-winner elections. It addresses vote splitting and always allows you to vote your honest favorite without wasting your vote. Take a trip to Plantsville with us, and see how Approval Voting is a smart idea–not just in Plantsville–but everywhere. And tell us which vegetable or fruit is your favourite!

On 13, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Donate Your Data (Cancer Commons)

No cancer is alike, and Cancer Commons relies on crucial data provided by cancer patients to connect researchers, scientists and physicians exploring advanced personalized treatment.

On 14, Jan 2014 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Thought Bubble: Bill McKibben

Our latest Thought Bubble is for great thinker, activist, author, and climate leader Bill McKibben, who’s also the founder of the huge climate action organization network, 350.org.

In this Thought Bubble, Bill delivers a personal, moving message about his journey battling the fossil fuel industry, how it’s been given too many advantages and free passes in our system, and how we need to join what he calls the biggest fight of our time, possibly of all time.

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On 14, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

A Very Special Pair of Boots (UNICEF)

In this latest piece with UNICEF, we tell the story of a pair of boots belonging to Nigel Fisher, president and CEO of UNICEF. Watch the amazing journey they’ve taken with him, and just a bit of what Nigel and UNICEF strive to contribute to communities in need around the world.

Find out more about Nigel’s Boots here, which were inducted into Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum this year.

On 14, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Thought Bubble: Naomi Klein

In the last few years, a new extension to a current pipeline has been proposed to carry Tar Sands oil all the way to Texas, putting some of North America’s most fragile ecosystems and waterways in serious peril.

When we heard this impassioned speech that Naomi Klein delivered at the Washington, DC Tar Sands Action Rally back in September, we knew it should be our next Thought Bubble.
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On 14, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

The Mozilla Story

Did you know Mozilla (the creators of Firefox) are a non-profit organization, dedicated to keeping the internet free, open, and accessible to all? Neither did we! Our latest video tells the story of Mozilla for the first time. How it got started, and why.

Find out more about Mozilla:
http://www.mozilla.org/

Thought Bubble: David Suzuki Foundation

The Declaration of Interdependence was written by David Suzuki, Tara Cullis, Raffi Cavoukian, Wade Davis and Guujaaw back in 1992 for the United Nations’ Earth Summit.

It was published in 2010, accompanied with traditional Haida style art by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. As a spirited call to action and “pledge to Planet Earth”, we created this video to show just how relevant this text still is today. We’re thrilled to have David Suzuki and his wife Tara Cullis, two of the foremost leaders of the environmental movement featured in this very special Thought Bubble.

Visit their website to see all the great work they do http://www.davidsuzuki.org.

On 14, Jan 2012 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Gerrymandering: A New American Art Form

The democratic system of government is a complicated creature, one that is vulnerable to all sorts of attempts to create advantages for one side over another. Some groups may try to subtly influence the system, while in other cases the corruption is more obvious. The practice of gerrymandering falls into the latter category, and is a major factor in American politics.

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On 14, Jan 2012 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

A Kickstarter Project: China’s Race to Power

We created this video for Marjorie Sun’s Kickstarter project, in which she expresses her mission to set out to report on China’s growing energy revolution.

Learn more about Marjorie’s project here:
kck.st/HYcRul

On 13, Jan 2012 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Mozilla Webmakers: Kids

We’re excited to have teamed up with Mozilla Foundation–the creators of Firefox–once more. This time, to create a series describing Webmakers. Webmakers is a new Mozilla initiative that encourages increased web literacy among youth, instructors, educators, and creatives. Check out the Instructors installment here.

On 14, Jan 2011 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Survival Gifts (UNICEF)

It’s quite sobering to know that about 19,000 children die everyday of preventable causes, making it a huge issue that begs for more widespread awareness. Survival Gifts are a neat way to give, because you can donate tangible things (an actual gift that comes in a box)–like a set of soccer balls to encourage and facilitate play, a literacy pack filled with exercise books to encourage learning through reading, crucial items for emergency situations and disasters, and it removes some of the ambiguity from a typical donation–leaving you with the feeling that you’ve provided something physical to a real community. We thought that was truly inspiring. If you’re into it, find out more about Unicef’s Survival Gifts at http://survivalgifts.ca.

You can also check out some older videos we’ve done to promote UNICEF’s Survival Gifts here, featuring a boy who’s found himself without his family in the midst of a natural disaster, and here, featuring a girl who’s village doesn’t have access to clean drinking water.

On 14, Jan 2010 | No Comments | In | By Suzanna

Thought Bubble: Micah White

We created this Thought Bubble for Adbusters editor and activist, Micah White, to explain the concept of Junk Thought, and the story of Pierre Landry – a man killed by advertising.

Check out Adbusters.org where Micah White acts as Editor-At-Large, and is also the co-creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme. Find out more about Micah here.