When brands get political to promote gay marriage in Australia

Gay marriage in Australia

Did you know that you can’t get two scoops of the same flavour at Ben & Jerry’s in Australia? The ice cream brand now refuses to serve two scoops of the same flavour until gay marriage in Australia is legalised. Along with this new rule, Ben & Jerry’s is encouraging Australians, 75% of whom are said to be in support of gay marriage, to get in touch with their MPs by giving away free postcards, and to sign a petition.

In a similar fashion, Airbnb created a new campaign with people wearing an incomplete ring, to symbolise the gap in marriage equality Down Under. The ring, which is called “The Acceptance Ring”, is meant to show support for those who cannot marry yet, and is engraved with the words “Until We All Belong”, which is also the name of the campaign. This ad fits with Airbnb’s mantra of openness and acceptance, and other big brands like Qantas and ANZ have supported this initiative.

by Marine Roux

Paying with Mickey Mouse coins

Mickey Mouse coins

In Niue, an island in the South Pacific, you can use Mickey Mouse coins as a means of payment! Niue wanted to raise its public profile and become more well-known around the world, so began to produce coins featuring Disney, Pokémon and Star Wars characters on its coins.
They are completely legal, however are seen as collector's items around the world, with the most expensive coin being sold for 25 times its actual value!

by Kathryn Rose

Get Started Africa, Nescafé’s young entrepreneurship initiative across Africa

Get Started Africa

Back in March 2014, Nescafé Africa launched the initiative Get Started Africa. It was essentially a truck tour aimed at unleashing youth’s creativity and entrepreneurship by collecting youngsters’ dreams and aspirations in the following categories: environment, technology, culture and health. The tour lasted 50 days and travelled through Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal.

Ten-thousand dreams later, Nescafé posted them on its Facebook page, and followers helped to choose the winner, Muazu Adamu, a 21 year old student from Nigeria, whose dream was to light up Africa with a device to boost power from power generators. He won $20,000 to launch his project.

The following year, Korotoumou Sidibe, from Mali, won $30,000 to attempt to reduce food waste in Mali and Africa.

Although the tour has not taken place since 2015, Nescafé regularly uses the hashtag #GetStartedAfrica to promote initiatives and entrepreneurs within the continent on Twitter.

by Marine Roux


What’s your Icelandic name?

Icelandic Name

Have you ever wondered what your Icelandic name would be?

The naming process in Iceland is somewhat unusual. Instead of using a surname, Iceland is one of the few countries that uses references to parents. Each person's surname is individual, as they take their mother or father's first name and add -son (son") or -dóttir (daughter). So a daughter will have the same surname as her sister, but not as her brother. You can choose which parent's name you want to use, however now many people use both and have two surnames.

For first names, parents usually wait a few months to get to know the child before naming them. In the meantime, they are called stúlka (girl) or strákur (boy). Then, there is a list of approved names parents can choose from. If they want to use a different name, they must send a request to the Icelandic Naming Committee, to ensure it fits with the Icelandic alphabet and grammar rules.

by Kathryn Rose