Culture Code-X

Call to Action

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Nike ad featuring Colin Kaepernick

The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.

The object of study in semiotics is not the signs but rather a general theory of signification; the goal of each “audit” is to build a model demonstrating how meaning is produced and received within a category or cultural territory. Signs on their own, therefore, only become truly revelatory and useful once we’ve sorted them into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.

Center for American Progress

CALL TO ACTION” NORM: If we fail to act immediately, our chance to make the impact we want to make will be lost. No time to lose.

Global Citizens Festival

CALL TO ACTION” FORMS: ALL CAPS messages. Symbols of urgency: bullhorns, cardiograms. Imperative tonality. “Be the generation to take action.” “We must take action.” “Join the fight.”

From a 2018 study of the IMPACT space, within the larger framework of CONVENING. How best to communicate the notion that convening is about mustering support, influencing change, making a difference?

Tags: CODE-X, Convening