SuperThank in a Nutshell
SuperThank is where to go if you are looking to express radical community gratitude for stuff that matters.
How does it work?
- You nominate the person who deserves to be SuperThanked.
- We amplify your efforts with a crowdsourcing tool that will help build support for your SuperThank campaign.
- You get to show your gratitude and appreciation to someone who profoundly affected you and made the world a better place.
- Your SuperThank campaign sparks more SuperThank campaigns.
- Eventually we are all a part of a billion acts of radical community gratitude… for stuff that matters. How cool is that?
Crowdsourced Logo Design Contest
Why a design contest?
We’ve created a design contest to get the amazing, talented, creative people in Portland and our community involved in SuperThank. We’ve been volunteering and collaborating to build SuperThank from the ground up. Now we’re ready to take the next big steps in launching and we need your help.
What’s the reward?
First and foremost you get heaping amounts of gratitude for helping us make a lasting impression in this day and age of data overload. We’ll also make you one of our first official SuperThankers where you get to nominate someone for us to SuperThank. We’ll also post a story on our website about our contest and feature you as the winner when we reveal our logo and launch our website.
— Creative Brief —
A group of activists discussed creating change. Too often, the context of activism tore people down. Not just the brutal candidate campaigns or attacks on public workers. But their own calls to action were often asking for expressions of anger or conflict: divest from unsustainable industry, halt a Big Box, protest worker treatment, boycott warlike regimes. The campaigns remained important. Too often participants felt a little weaker afterwards—a little more tired, a little poorer, and a little grumpier. Altruism for social justice and change felt depleting and empty at times.
An all volunteer team gathered—recovering politician, leadership professor, budding sociologist, web designer, journalist, programmer, young mom, photographer, accountant, illustrator, and more. Every week, they shared thanks and identified people to appreciate and support in real ways. They felt happier. Research confirmed it.
They organized what they called “superthank” events. First was a flash thank-you for an activist couple who built a friendship network at the local suicide bridge. Second was crowd-funding for a Liberian man arming youth in his war-torn country with books and democracy instead of AK-47s.
They called it radical community gratitude. And they wanted to spread it. They worked to build crowdsourcing tools to achieve their big hairy communal goal—promoting a billion acts of radical community gratitude… for stuff that matters.
- People around the world.
- Creative people.
- Social change makers.
- Altruistic people.
- Hip people.
- Upworthy sharers.
- TED fans.
- People incredibly engaged in social media.
- People who want to share and create gratitude.
- People who serve others.
- Radical community gratitude.
- Expressing gratitude makes you happier.
- Mobilizing real community gratitude for stuff that matters.
- Crowdthank in creative ways.
- There are people who go above and beyond for all of us.
- Significant — Not frivolous or unimportant but not taking itself too seriously.
- Fundamental and edgy/innovative — Both definitions of radical, but it needs to feel important and real.
- A little fun but not trying too hard and still feeling honest.
- Collaborative, community, together — Avoiding “new age” sterotypes.
Guidelines & Deadlines
- Send PDF files to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Designs will be accepted until 1/3/14 at 1:00pm PST.
- Winning design will be selected by 1/10/14.
- Designs should not include clipart or plagiarized material.
- We’ll contact the winning designer to arrange to receive a vector file of the artwork — Adobe Illustrator or EPS. All art needs to be an editable format avoiding any rasterized data.
- A copyright transfer form will need to be completed by both the designer and SuperThank.
- We reserve the right to make alterations.