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Today marks the launch of DC’s first campaign for Upwork, a global network of freelance talent. But, as the campaign has it, this is more than some indiscriminate mob of freelancers from here, there and everywhere. Rather, this is a unified movement of motivated people — freelancers and managers alike — here to roll up collective sleeves and make stuff happen. And like any good movement, they aren’t afraid to speak truth to power with a hearty “Hey! How can we help?”

“Upwork is a vibrant, expressive brand that’s contagiously optimistic about the potential of freelancers to solve big problems and drive the evolution of business,” said Michael Lemme, chief creative officer, Duncan Channon. “The ‘Hey World’ campaign has some fun, but is serious about the idea that talented freelancers can get stuff done for people who need stuff done, including some brands, artists, institutions and pop culture figures you know.”

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If you didn’t see it, DC’s director of social purpose, MJ Deery, was featured in a recent Adweek outlining a best-practices reset on rules for the burgeoning conscious economy. Check it out here. Ignore at your peril!

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Craft beer is like indie music. If you get too popular, you’re no longer cool. Just ask Redhook. In the early ’80s, they took off like a rocket, Anheuser Busch came calling and the brand was labeled a sellout. “Budhook!” the beer nerds snickered. Never mind that Redhook basically invented the craft beer category they were tossed out of.

So how do you get the next generation of craft lovers to take notice, to see you in a new light? The answer wasn’t an ad campaign. The answer was an experience. A brewpub that put Redhook’s pioneering, innovative techniques on display.

“We knew we had to bring Redhook’s values to life rather than merely talk about them,” said DC’s CCO Michael Lemme. “In developing the Brewlab concept and identity, our job was to make sure everything from the name to the smallest detail in the customer experience communicated how Redhook Brewlab is purpose-built to experiment, innovate and test the results on Seattle humans of legal drinking age.”

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We were all touched by the devastating fires and did what we could in the moment, but what about now? With the holidays approaching and media attention turning elsewhere, how can we still help and what are the best places to focus our resources and time?

A group of concerned DCers created the following resource for our people to refer to, but we thought we’d publish it for anyone out there looking to help, too.


Donate money

The easiest way to help is simply to donate money, and there are many legitimate ways to do that. We made our donations to Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund and did so through Google.org’s fundraising campaign that matches donations up to $1 million.


Donate things

Here’s a link to a community-generated document that outlines household items that are most needed.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank continues to help the community by accepting and distributing non-perishable food donations. You can drop non-perishable food (no glass) at their location at 3990 Brickway Blvd. in Santa Rosa. You can also donate gift cards to Hands on Bay Area.


Donate time

A lot of companies, ours included, offer employees a day (or days) of service option. If yours does, helping out in the North Bay would certainly be a great use of that time. Because while it’s going to take years to recover, a willing pair of hands, even for a day, will help the work go faster. It should be noted that they don’t want people, no matter how well-intentioned, just showing up. Here’s a current list of organizations looking for volunteers.

Together, we can make a real difference. Happy holidays to you all.

We’re going to the show, you guys! Look for our Stand Up To Cancer spot during game four of the series. As part of a long-term partnership with the MLB, the campaign for SU2C challenges the common perception that the only way to beat cancer involves one monolithic cure. DC’s spot points out that every innovation — no matter how seemingly small — is a step toward victory. Plus, Adweek thinks it’s a winner.

Udemy-rebrand

We’re proud to finally unveil a comprehensive rebrand for leading online learning platform, Udemy. The new brand identity system, featuring custom art and lettering by the Bézier wizards at Underware, is fluid and rhythmic, reflecting the lifelong, iterative nature of learning. The new tagline, “Be Able” evokes the potential of personal transformation through education. Better get to school.

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When you’re sick, injured or facing a frightening diagnosis, you want more than just clinical excellence. You want a support system. You want a squad. And John Muir Health has your back. Here’s what our ECD, Anne Elisco-Lemme, had to say about our approach to the new work: “Cancer is probably one of the most terrifying diagnoses anyone could ever hear. So our challenge was to create a :30 spot that speaks to the enormity of the situation while remaining hopeful. We took a page out of how sports brands create epic, emotional and highly visual marketing to tell the story of how your entire medical team at John Muir Health is with you, no matter what life throws your way.”

In its latest effort for the California Tobacco Control Program, DC taps into Californians’ green sensibilities, shifting focus from the health dangers of cigarettes to the environmental dangers of cigarette butts. The “Come Clean” campaign features new TV work and outdoor, including a billboard filled with 12,000 toxic butts scooped up from the streets directly around it.

 
The 12,000-butt billboard:

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