Derby #116: Erase Hunger, Create Hope
Wanna hear about a funny coincidence? Right now, for the first time ever, more than one billion people are hungry. And there are also more than one billion online users, with abilities to communicate and draw attention that are also unprecedented in human history. That's the basis for the United Nations World Food Programme's A Billion for a Billion project.
How can the online billion help the hungry billion? By spreading the word about hunger to their online friends. By contacting their elected representatives. And by creating works that raise the awareness of hunger's devastating effect on people and societies - works like a Shirt.Woot Derby entry.
We're not looking for shirts that specifically address A Billion for a Billion or the World Food Programme, or necessarily depict starving people being fed. This week, we're looking for more symbolic, abstract approaches to the idea "Erase Hunger, Create Hope", and the concept of hope for relieving hunger. We'll be judging rejection more subjectively than usual this time - a shirt need not have specific political-cartoon-style symbols for hunger and hope, but even a shirt that's on-topic could be rejected if we judge that it contradicts the spirit of this whole project. We like irreverence as much as the next jerk, but this is not the Derby for flouting the conventions of good taste. OK? If you think you're skirting the line of what's appropriate, you probably are.
The winning shirts will be sold beginning Friday, October 16, which is World Food Day. And just to be clear, A Billion for A Billion is about raising consciousness, not raising funds. These shirt sales will not benefit the WFP in any direct financial way.
No video-game references.