The launch film supports the recent publication of Valuable 500's white paper on disability representation in media, marketing and product design in partnership with Yale University and research company Open Inclusion.
Created by adam&eveDDB, and directed by Dan DiFelice in partnership with Biscuit Filmworks, the launch film aims to inspire and encourage the business community to accelerate their work to end disability exclusion and hold themselves accountable ahead of the SYNC25 accountability summit to be held in Tokyo on 3rd December 2025.
Taking inspiration from a murmuration, the awe-inspiring phenomenon in which very large groups of birds, fishes, or insects move and change direction together, the film depicts a group of swimmers with and without disability, all collaborating to form a synchronized display, a metaphorical illustration of the power of Synchronised Collective Action and how beautiful things happen when we come together. The film has been produced in the following versions and formats to ensure accessibility to different audiences.
Manifesto Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPflsi9P8JE
The agency was briefed on the campaign by the Valuable 500, a charitable, global organization of 500 partners and companies working together to end disability exclusion. In order to make changes to the lives of those 1.3 billion people living with a disability, at SYNC25, CEOs of these 528 businesses will unite to learn from failures, build on successes, and set the stage for the work to be done as they strive towards achieving real, transformative change through true Synchronised Collective Action.
Richard Gayton and Darren Beresford, Creative Directors at adam&eveDDB, said, “Given that unemployment among persons with disabilities is as high as 80% in some countries, the need for an organization like Valuable 500, and an event like SYNC25 which turns business promises into tangible change, has never been greater. We are proud to have been able to contribute in a small way to the incredible momentum already established by the Valuable 500 to end disability exclusion.
Katy Talikowska, CEO of the Valuable 500, said, “With our partners and companies, we build accountability by working together and removing systemic barriers to end disability exclusion. The launch of this manifesto video also announces the name of the Valuable 500 Accountability Summit, which will take place in Tokyo at the end of 2025. SYNC25 will be a landmark event and a moment for our partners and companies to own their commitments, highlight successes, learn from setbacks, and set ambitions for the future. This video brings together disabled people representing diverse, intersectional identities to showcase the beauty and power of synchronicity. Our recent white paper on Inclusive Disability Representation calls on companies to join us in developing a shared, global standard and set of practices that can be applied across various industries. This is vital to our ongoing work to drive positive change in disability inclusion across three Synchronised Collective Actions in Leadership, Reporting, and Representation. Unstoppable transformation cannot happen alone.”