Heineken’s ‘social experiment’ ad campaign

Heineken UK’s new ‘Worlds Apart’ ad campaign pairs up strangers with contrasting views, inviting them to resolve their differences over a beer.

In partnership with The Human Library, a worldwide movement for social change, two strangers are invited to complete tasks together such as building a wooden stool and a model bridge. After describing themselves using just five words, they are then asked what qualities they share, in an attempt to prove that ‘there’s more that unites us than divides us.’

A film of each individual is then shown, in which they express their opposing views on topics such as feminism, climate change and people who are transgender. They can either leave, or sit down and discuss their views over a bottle of Heineken.

According to Heineken, the new campaign aims to ‘promote openness as a value that helps break down the barriers between us.’

Head of marketing at Heinkein UK, Cindy Tervoot, commented: “We know we’re never going to agree on everything but there will also be common ground.”

“Whether it’s 1950, 2017 or 2027, being open lets us get more out of life. It makes the world a more interesting place. And it makes every story worth listening to”.


The response to Worlds Apart has, overall, been positive with Twitter users praising the company for a “thoughtful piece of marketing” with some claiming it made them “tear up.” This is in direct contrast to last year’s ad that was criticised for insulting Heineken drinkers’ intelligence.

The Worlds Apart video can be shared using the hashtag #OpenYourWorld.

What do you think of Heineken’s new campaign? Feel free to leave a comment below.

3 Responses to “Heineken’s ‘social experiment’ ad campaign”

  1. Diksha says:

    It’s a awesome approach to crash a awareness. …now the time social campaign is most appealing and emotionally connect people with the company and also these company have a social responsibility to aware peoples and surroundings…..everybody has to understand their responsibility nd being open is the best way to come out ..I personally appreciate this campaign …

  2. Rev. Cat says:

    Just stunningly wonderful! Exactly what the world needs to do – and see modeled. Cannot thank you enough. I will no longer be asking my son what kind of beer he wants me to buy when he comes over. From now on I only buy Heineken!

  3. Jules Hamilton says:

    There’s unused footage from that Heineken commercial!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxz398D1H3Y

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