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Monash University rallies people to change what they don’t like in confronting campaign via Y&R Melbourne

29 March 2018

Monash University has launched a confronting new campaign that challenges people to change what they don’t like in the world. An impactful 60-second film is the first piece of work to go to air.


At a time when it is easy to turn a blind eye to the harsh realities of the world and hide behind social media, this campaign holds a mirror up to the issues shaping the global community and calls to action those who want to make change for the better.

Every scene in the film aligns with research, work, or a learning approach – small or large – that Monash is part of in an attempt to address the need for change.

Fabian Marrone, Monash University CMO, says: “There are serious challenges facing the world and the human race, but we all have the power to address them head on. ‘If you don’t like it, change it’ is a call to action. It’s Monash acknowledging we have a role to play in the solutions and inviting those who want to change their lives or the lives of those around them to be part of it.

“The campaign acknowledges those agents of change already taking action and mobilising others. It acknowledges the challenges the global community is facing and reminds us we can all play a role in progress”.

Jake Barrow, Executive Creative Director, Y&R Melbourne, says: “Universities are meant to be full of the restless and change-makers. It is no secret that, right now, the world needs them more than ever. This idea seeks to identify these people and give them the opportunities to leave the world in better shape than they found it.”

In a coup for the university, the launch film features the new music track ‘Blaccout’ by local Indigenous artist, A.B. Original.

Marrone continues: “We wanted change agents whose message was one of empowerment to play this vital role in this campaign. After hearing the A.B. Original track, we realised they were the perfect fit.”

‘If you don’t like it, change it’ is a through-the-line campaign that will see executions throughout Australia and globally over the coming months.




Client: Monash University

Chief Marketing Officer: Fabian Marrone

Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications: Caroline Knowles

Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communications: Jane Mahuru


Creative Agency: Y&R Melbourne

Chief Creative Officer: Paul Nagy

Executive Creative Director: Jake Barrow

Creative Director: James Wills

Planning Director: Michael Hyde

Senior Planners: Lyndal Kearney & Christine O’Keefe

Managing Partner: Julian Bell

Group Account Director: Matthew Hunt

Senior Account Manager: Sarah Wood

Designers: Lewis Brown, Simon Gray


Production: Y&R Melbourne

Director: Hayden Gregory

Executive Producer: Sheridan Wadelton

Production Assistant: Annie Thiele

Offline Editor: Billy Browne

Online Editor: Alek Janev


Music: A.B. Original

Music Supervision: Karl Richter, Level Two Music

Sound Design: Paul Le Coutier, Nylon Studios Melbourne