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May 5-7, 2020




Stand Up, Fight Back: The Rise of Pan-Activism

Hosted by TBWA

thursday, April 26, 2018

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Sheraton Times Square

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It’s 2018, and we’re living in the midst of an activism resurgence. Not a week goes by without a media moment that marks the ever-present role of action in our society. It’s a shift that we call Pan-Activism: modern activism no longer defined by specific groups with singular, big battles, but instead characterized by small, everyday actions across a variety of groups and socio-economic levels.

In a recent nationwide study conducted with consultancy Hall & Partners, TBWA’s cultural insight studio Backslash learned that most Americans (55%) say that “Activism has come to mean more things in the past year.” Not only are more Americans participating in new, everyday forms of activism (85%), but brands have stepped into the conversation at a time when silence is seen as complicity and there is no neutral ground. In this session, Backslash will break down what Pan-Activism is, and outline four actionable strategies that brands can learn from in this hyper-polarized climate.

Event Location



Social Media Week

Stand Up, Fight Back: The Rise of Pan-Activism

April 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Hosted by TBWA




Amelia Hall

Amelia Hall

Associate Director of Cultural Strategy, Backslash

Josh Jun

Josh Jun

Global Director of Production and Commercial Operations, Backslash