Amnesty International Digital TRIAL BY TIMELINE 6 by Colenso BBDO Auckland

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Industry Charities, Foundations, Volunteers, Human Rights
Media Digital, Interactive & Mobile
Market New Zealand
Agency Colenso BBDO Auckland
Creative Director Levi Slavin
Art Director Anna Stickley
Copywriter Ben Polkinghorne
Released June 2013


Cannes Lions 2013
Direct Lions Best Use of Digital Direct Marketing; Websites, Microsites & Banners Gold

Credits & Description

Type of entry: Best Use of Digital Direct Marketing
Category: Websites, Microsites & Banners
Creative Chairman: Nick Worthington (Colenso BBDO)
Creative Director: Levi Slavin (Colenso BBDO)
Digital Creative Director/Art Director: Dan Wright (Colenso BBDO)
Art Director: Anna Stickley (Colenso BBDO)
Copywriter: Ben Polkinghorne (Colenso BBDO)
Account Director: Helen Fitzsimons (Colenso BBDO)
Account Executive: Eileen Cosgrove-Moloney (Colenso BBDO)
Planner: Hayley Pardoe (Colenso BBDO)
Agency Producer: James McMullan (Colenso BBDO)
Animation - Executive Producer: Amanda Chambers (Assembly)
Animation - Design Lead: Matt Von Trott (Assembly)
Animation - Designer: Scott Wilson (Assembly)
Deputy Director (Campaigns/Research/Advocacy/Communications): Rebecca Emery (Amnesty International NZ)
Media/Communications Manager: Anita Harvey (Amnesty International NZ)
Describe the brief from the client
Through sheer luck, New Zealanders live in the freest country on Earth. We’re afforded the freedom to be ourselves - to say what we’re thinking, wear what we want, choose our own friends – freedoms we take for granted.
In a country as fortunate as ours, Amnesty International is a movement supported by only a small few.
To increase awareness and support of their work by engaging as many people as possible, we needed a tangible and relevant way of bringing Amnesty’s message home to all New Zealanders through experiencing first hand what it might be like to live without basic human rights.

Creative Execution

We needed to find a way of making everyday Kiwis understand the important work that Amnesty International does as a global movement standing up for human rights.
We turned to Facebook as the place where so many of us freely express ourselves and share our lives. Tapping into users' Facebook profiles, we were able to create a personally relevant experience of how human rights are affected in other parts of the world and, therefore, how important the work of Amnesty International is to all humans.

Creative Solution to the Brief/Objective.

Our solution was Trial by Timeline: a Facebook application that scans your Facebook Timeline activity and shows you what your behaviour would have cost you around the world, just for being you. It searches for everything you’ve ever liked, posted or written. It studies your personal profile, your age, nationality, relationship status and political views and sentences you to real punishments.
Finally, it asks you to use your freedom to help free others by showing your support to Amnesty International.


Our New Zealand project is in its infancy, but has already gathered global traction. Daily visits have topped 15,000 and over 135 countries have taken part. Amnesty sections in Sweden, Turkey, South Korea, Denmark and Norway have requested translations of the software.
Closer to home, Trial by Timeline has received coverage across national media channels, trended on Twitter and been shared and advocated by local celebrities and influential bloggers.