Bystander Revolution

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Bystander Revolution
Founded2014 in Seattle, Washington
FounderMacKenzie Scott
MethodBystander intervention
OwnerBystander Revolution, LLC

Bystander Revolution is an anti-bullying organization founded in 2014 by billionaire and author MacKenzie Scott,[1] which offers advice about things individuals can do to defuse bullying.[2] Its website includes hundreds of unscripted videos of people talking about their personal experiences with bullying.[3][4]

Bystander Revolution provides crowdsourced advices and potential actions to take against bullying, as well as free multimedia lessons on anti-bullying topics for educators.[5]


Celebrity Ambassadors[edit]

Actor Lily Collins became Bystander Revolution's first ambassador in 2014.[6]

The organization announced on June 8, 2015 that Monica Lewinsky had joined the organization as an ambassador and strategic advisor following her speeches for TED and the Forbes Under 30 Summit.[7][8]

Youth Ambassador Program[edit]

The Youth Ambassador Program is a select group of student leaders who help Bystander Revolution reflect a youthful perspective and remain relatable and helpful for students. In addition to providing feedback and advice, the Youth Ambassadors promote the organization's social media initiatives.[9]

Notable Youth Ambassadors include Hannah Alper, a motivational speaker, blogger, and activist;[10] Carleigh O'Connell, whose story about standing up to her body shaming bullies went viral in 2014;[11] and Shereen Pimentel, who was crowned Miss America's Outstanding Teen (New Jersey) in 2015 with the anti-bullying platform "Words Hurt, Erase the Hate".[12][13]


Bystander Revolution Ambassador Lily Collins delivers a speech at We Day Seattle, April 23, 2015.

On April 23, 2015, Bystander Revolution was featured at We Day Seattle 2015. Ambassador Lily Collins delivered a speech to the KeyArena audience about the power of consistent, simple actions to effect change and shift the culture of bullying toward kindness.[14]

Coinciding with We Day Seattle 2015, Bystander Revolution launched a Twitter campaign called #standkind, in which users participate to compliment someone by Tweets.[15][16]

On May 23, 2015, Bystander Revolution teamed up with Dance Free Movement for an event in honor of "Dancing Man". Sean O'Brien received support after being shamed on the internet for being overweight. Moby delayed the event, Pharrell Williams initiated a dance flash mob, Tatyana Ali served as the host, and Monica Lewinsky and Andrew W.K. as the presenters.[17]

For National Bullying Prevention Month in October 2015, Bystander Revolution introduced Month of Action, a 31-day campaign taking individuals to defuse bullying with daily challenges.[18] Each challenge was hosted by a Bystander Revolution ambassador, contributor, or partner organization.[19] Lewinsky, Collins, Salma Hayek, Olivia Wilde, Shonda Rhimes, Rashida Jones, Bradley Cooper, Lizzie Velasquez, Moby, Alan Cumming, Emmy Rossum, Tyson Chandler, Andy Cohen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael J. Fox, Drew Lynch, and Melissa Joan Hart hosted the daily challenges.[20]

Crowdsourced solutions[edit]

Bystander Revolution is modeled on the idea that peer-to-peer advice can be uniquely encouraging and helpful for individuals seeking solutions to bullying.[21] For this reason, the advice and resources compiled on its site were acquired by crowdsourcing and by contributions from advisors presented in more than 300 videos on the website.[22]

The anti-bullying tips are crowdsourced from the organization's partners, such as Common Sense Media, MTV's Look Different, No Bully, and PACER's National Bullying Prevention center.


Various non-profit organizations, corporations, and government entities have partnered with Bystander Revolution, including:


Experts who advised the organization on the creation of its web platform include:

  • Gavin de Becker, expert on the prediction and management of violence[26]
  • Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University[27][28]
  • Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign[29]
  • Nicholas Carlisle, Founder and CEO of No Bully[30]
  • James McGee, author of The Classroom Avenger, the first forensic study of rampage school shooting incidents across the United States[31]
  • Richard Lieberman, coordinator of the Suicide Prevention Services of Los Angeles Unified School District[32]
  • Roxana Marachi, Associate Professor of Education in the Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Karas, David (8 May 2015). "Bystander Revolution stands up to bullying". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ McNeil, Liz (8 June 2015). "Monica Lewinsky: 'I Want to Help Other Victims of the Shame Game Survive and Thrive'". People. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ Scheff, Sue (3 Jul 2014). "Take the Power Out of Bullying: Bystander Revolution". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  4. ^ Matthews, Cate (20 October 2014). "What These Celebrities Have To Say About Bullying May Not Be What You're Expecting". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  5. ^ Kielburger, Craig and Marc (23 November 2014). "How To Channel Your Inner Superhero - No Spandex Required". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  6. ^ "RECAP: WE Day Seattle 2015". We Day. Free The Children. 24 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016. By standing together we can change our culture. Let's make this generation the last to tolerate bullying. - Lily Collins
  7. ^ McNeil, Liz (8 June 2015). "Monica Lewinsky: 'I Want to Help Other Victims of the Shame Game Survive and Thrive'". People. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  8. ^ Ronson, Jon (16 April 2016). "Monica Lewinsky: 'The shame sticks to you like tar'". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  9. ^ Merchant, Safiya (24 April 2015). "Glenbard West student stands up against bullying". Daily Herald. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  10. ^ Alper, Hannah (15 June 2015). "Stand Up to Bullying With Kindness". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  11. ^ Duerson, Meena Hart (7 July 2014). "Teen turns 'hurtful' graffiti into empowering body image message". Today. NBC News. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  12. ^ Pritchett, Kristina (11 January 2015). "Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen 2015, Shereen Pimentel, crowned during state competition". Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen". Miss New Jersey. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  14. ^ "RECAP: WE Day Seattle 2015". We Day. Free the Children. 24 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Lily Collins Teams Up with Bystander Revolution to Change Student Perception About Bullying". Puget Sound Business Journal. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  16. ^ Alper, Hannah (29 April 2015). "We Day Seattle and Bystander Revolution #standkind". Call Me Hannah. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  17. ^ Karsen, Shira (27 May 2015). "The Dancing Man Finally Hits the Floor for Epic Dance Party". Billboard. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  18. ^ "Monica Lewinsky on Her New Campaign Against Bullying" (Video). Good Morning America. ABC News. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Month of Action". Bystander Revolution. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  20. ^ Lim, Clarissa-Jan (30 September 2015). "Monica Lewinsky Is An Anti-Bullying Champion Who Wants To Support The Bullied". A Plus. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  21. ^ David Karas (8 May 2015). "Bystander Revolution stands up to bullying". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  22. ^ Liz Gumbinner (June 12, 2015). "Bystander Revolution: The Anti-Bullying Site Every Parent Should Know". Cool Mom Picks. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  23. ^ "National Partners". PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. PACER Center, Inc. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  24. ^ "#KissAndMakeup". Tarte Cosmetics. Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  25. ^ "All Partners". Safer Internet Day. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  26. ^ Avins, Mimi (3 March 2002). "Driven by the Fear Factor: Gavin de Becker is Hollywood's go-to man on security matters. But some of his methods have set his critics on edge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  27. ^ "TED Speaker: Philip Zimbardo". TED. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  28. ^ "Philip Zimbardo". Stanford University Department of Psychology. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  29. ^ "Dorothy Espelage". College of Education at Illinois. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  30. ^ "Meet the Game Changer: Nicholas Carlisle, CEO and Founder of No Bully". TOMS. 11 August 2015. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  31. ^ "The "Classroom Avenger"". Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  32. ^ "Steering Committee". SPRC - Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  33. ^ "Roxana Marachi, Ph.D." San José State University. Retrieved 19 April 2016.

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