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.