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Episode 50 | How to Mobilize a Billion People

Kalle Lasn discusses ‘culture-jamming’ and political resistance.

Episode 50 | How to Mobilize a Billion People

About Adbusters
Adbusters Media Foundation is a Canadian nonprofit media group founded by Kalle Lasn and Bill Schmalz in 1989. It self-describes as a “global network of artists, writers, musicians, designers, poets, philosophers and punks trying to pull off a radical transformation of the current world order,” Their influence over the past two decades has been profound –you’ve probably seen their work even not knowing it was theirs. In a world saturated by consumerism, advertising and political messaging, their work stands out as at once subtle, powerful and necessary.

Adbusters takes a multi-tiered approach to spreading its ideas. The group publishes a high-quality, full-color magazine that is often a launching pad for campaigns. Through the creation of memes and “mind bombs,” Adbusters inspired and popularized international protests like Buy Nothing Day and Digital Detox Week.

Adbusters is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


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