Social Change and Sustainability

As we launch into motion design this week, it's time to look at some examples that cover our various group topics. Here is a collection of motion design videos that focus on a variety of global issues, from water to war. Consider our discussions in class and think about what techniques are being implemented to convey the message.

"I am the City 2.0, dream me, build me, make me real". On Oct 13, 2012, the TEDx community around the world is celebrating a day of urban inspiration, a day when TEDx communities around the world will host an event to share the powerful narratives of urban innovators and organizers, stewards and artists, builders and taste makers.

"Most of us have never really been thirsty. We've never had to leave our houses and walk five miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are 800 million people on the planet who don't have clean water. It's hard to imagine what 800 million people looks like really, but one in nine might be easier. One in nine people in our world doesn't have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can't imagine going 12 hours without."

Water: H2O = Life examines the beauty of the essential nature of our planet’s lifeblood, giving visitors a firsthand experience of the power and importance of water in nature and in our daily lives. Using fascinating interactives and immersive environments, water illuminates many challenges related to humanity’s sustainable management and use of this life-giving, but finite, resource.

Incredible bone art by Francois Robert titled “Stop the Violence” using human bones to recreate guns, grenades, knives and tanks as well as the symbols of the major religions. His work displays the iconography of both weapons and religion, the tools used in war and the common themes that divide the enemies.

Today, more than twelve million people worldwide are enslaved.[1] An estimated two million children are bought and sold in the global commercial sex trade.[2] The sex slavery industry has become an increasingly important revenue source for organized crime because each young girl can earn hundreds...