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At the end of 2021, Nick Cave wrote:

Hope and optimism can be different, almost opposing, forces. Hope rises out of known suffering and is the defiant and dissenting spark that refuses to be extinguished. Optimism, on the other hand, can be the denial of that suffering, a fear of facing the darkness, a lack of awareness, a kind of blindness to the actual. Hope is wised-up and disobedient. Optimism can be fearful and false…

This reminded us of the Reverend Victoria Safford:

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges [...]; nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna be all right.

To hope is to embrace uncertainty. Looking back with gratitude - and forward with anticipated delight - here's our dispatch from the Gates of Hope - in the form of our annual report for 2021.

Fine Acts is a global nonprofit creative studio for social impact - that works across issues, geographies and mediums.

We design socially engaged creative solutions, by making activism, art, tech and science meet. We experiment with ways to make people care and act, and are propelled forward by our three core values: Hope, Play and Openness.

Operating in a context of a global crackdown on civic space, we work to:

  • Ignite empathy:

    We produce creative campaigns and projects that raise awareness, trigger action, and foster greater support for human rights.

  • Inspire allies:

    We develop effective formats to excite the art and tech communities to support the human rights movement.

  • Boost innovation:

    Through our concept of playtivism, we create novel spaces for multidisciplinary play and experimentation in the human rights field.

  • Support organizations:

    We work with groundbreaking nonprofits from around the world, and design tailor-made creative campaigns for their needs. We also consult and train civil society organizations in embracing art and play as a tool for social change.

  • Promote openness:

    We see openness as a true force multiplier, and place it at the core of our work. Much of what we produce is open and free to use by others.

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