• alternative
    narrative

  • resilience

  • vulnerable
    audiences

  • CRITICAL
    THINKING

Our
Project

The general objective of the project is to prevent vulnerable audiences from starting a process of radicalisation by offering them resilience and critical thinking mechanisms, as well as convince those already engaged within a process of radicalisation to abandon it or dissuade them from going further by providing an alternative narrative that deconstructs extremist rhetoric, in order to change violent behaviour.

This will be achieved through 7 social media campaigns.

PARTNERS

ACTIVITIES

Work package 1: Management and Coordination of the Action

Work package 1 is intended for all activities related to the general management and coordination of the action (meetings, coordination, project monitoring and evaluation, financial management) and all the activities which are cross cutting and therefore difficult to assign just to one specific work package. In such case, instead of splitting them across many work packages please enter and describe them in Work package 1. For this reason it has a different layout where you do not have to enter objectives and duration. Nevertheless this work package will have its own deliverables (e.g. final report, work plan, evaluation report) and outputs (e.g. meetings).

Work package 2: Training for staff (b-learning): online resilience and campaigns sustainability

I. Objectives

  1. To develop a staff with practical knowledge on how to respond to online engagement from hostile users (private messages, threats, comments);
  2. To present do’s and don’ts on key social media campaigns’ topics, such as advertisement, dissemination and call-to-action;
  3. To provide marketing techniques on how to assure the sustainability of a counter-narrative campaign in long-term;

II. Activities

  1. Development of the training program
  2. Implementation of the training program (35 hours)
Work package 3: Community Heroes

I. Objectives

  1. Goal: To provide resilience mechanisms, such as sense of community belonging, civic purpose and identity to vulnerable young people through animated stories of community engagement within the Muslim community;
  2. Audience: to target young people (aged 12-16) located in France, Italy, Sweden and Portugal; aged 12-16 with online interests in Islam, Niqāb, Hijab, Quran, Muhammad, Burqa, Human Rights, Sunnah, Aisha, Sharia, Allah, Women in Islam;
  3. Action: To provide a call-to-action on how to be civically engaged within the Muslim and local community through good examples (g. teaching Arabic to locals);

II. Activities

  1. Definition of a campaign plan (i.e. research and analysis of target audience, key-message)
  2. Creation and production of the campaign
  3. Implementation and dissemination of the campaign
  4. Offline activities
  5. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation
Work package 4: Narratives from Global Islam

I. Objectives

  1. Goal: to present individual testimonies from credible voices within the Muslim community, in order to highlight key features of the Islam (e.g. tolerance) and Koranic interpretations against extremist propaganda.
  2. Audience: to target people located in France, Italy, Sweden and Portugal; aged 20-40 with online interests in Islam, Sheikh, Quran, Prophets and Messengers in Islam, Haraam, Prisoners of Faith, Ummah News, Jihad;
  3. Action: amplify the voices of credible leaders, activists and practitioners within the Muslim community, and provide role-models who aim to deconstruct violent extremist propaganda;

II. Activities

  1. Definition of a campaign plan (i.e. research and analysis of target audience, key-message)
  2. Creation and production of the campaign
  3. Implementation and dissemination of the campaign
  4. Offline activities
  5. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation
Work package 5: The true face of extremism

I. Objectives

  1. Goal: to present the reality of violent extremism based on former extremists, their families and friends, in order to deconstruct idealistic views: the dangers, the consequences of violence and the traumas
  2. Audience: to target vulnerable people interested in topics related to Islamic extremism located in France, Italy, Sweden and Portugal; aged 20-40 with online interests in Syria,Religion Truth, Women in West for Khifah, Authentic Tauheed, Anwar al-Awlaki, Aniem Choudry, Islamic State, Ummah News, Jihad, Tafseer, Al-Qadr, Khyber
  3. Action: To delegitimize the content and form of violent extremist messages and present organisations who can help people to abandon violent extremist organisations;

II. Activities

  1. Definition of a campaign plan (i.e. research and analysis of target audience, key-message)
  2. Creation and production of the campaign
  3. Implementation and dissemination of the campaign
  4. Offline activities
  5. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation
Work package 6: Conspiracy theories: from satire to dangers

I. Objectives

  1. Goal: to present the reality of violent extremism based on former extremists, their families and friends, in order to deconstruct idealistic views: the dangers, the consequences of violence and the traumas
  2. Audience: to target vulnerable people interested in topics related to Islamic extremism located in France, Italy, Sweden and Portugal; aged 20-40 with online interests in Syria,Religion Truth, Women in West for Khifah, Authentic Tauheed, Anwar al-Awlaki, Aniem Choudry, Islamic State, Ummah News, Jihad, Tafseer, Al-Qadr, Khyber
  3. Action: To delegitimize the content and form of violent extremist messages and present organisations who can help people to abandon violent extremist organisations;

II. Activities

  1. Definition of a campaign plan (i.e. research and analysis of target audience, key-message)
  2. Creation and production of the campaign
  3. Implementation and dissemination of the campaign
  4. Offline activities
  5. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation
Work package 7: What it is to be part of a far-right violent group

I. Objectives

  1. Goal: Based on former extremists and their family’s testimonies, this campaign aims to demonstrate the personal risks and real consequences that the extremist violence related to far-right cover ups through former participants and friends’ testimonies;
  2. Audience: The target audience will be vulnerable people to far-right extremism aged 16-35 from Romania, Sweden, Hungary and Italy with online interests in Aryan Nations, National Front, American History X, Nazi Germany, Aryan, Right Wing News, Hardcore Skinhead, White Power, Ku Klux Klan
  3. Action: to present organisations who can help people to abandon violent extremist organisations;

II. Activities

  1. Definition of a campaign plan (i.e. research and analysis of target audience, key-message)
  2. Creation and production of the campaign
  3. Implementation and dissemination of the campaign
  4. Offline activities
  5. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation
Work package 8: Critical thinking skills

I. Objectives

  1. Goal: To teach how to critically analyse information by recognizing assumptions or implications, specially as concerns information disseminated by both traditional and social media
  2. Audience:The target audience will be general young people between 16-33 years old from Portugal, Italy, France, Romania, Sweden and Hungary with online interests in fake news, news, information, BBC, politcs, Euronews, media, social media, Instagram, Tumblr;
  3. Action: to motivate people to actively share advices on how to analyze information in their social media profiles;

II. Activities

  1. Definition of a campaign plan (i.e. research and analysis of target audience, key-message)
  2. Creation and production of the campaign
  3. Implementation and dissemination of the campaign
  4. Offline activities
  5. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation
Work package 9: “Peer2peer communication: a call-to-action against extremism”

I. Objectives

  1. Goal: to encourage youth role-models, such as youtubers, public figures or sporters to openly deconstruct myths associated with different violent extremist groups (e.g. that there is a superior race)
  2. Audience:The target audience is general people between 18-43 years old from Portugal, Italy, France, Romania, Sweden and Hungary with online interests in human rights, social activism, Amnesty International, United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Women’s rights;
  3. Action: role-models will promote public awareness as regards the problem of violent extremism and how communities should address it (e.g. through non-discrimination);

II. Activities

  1. Definition of a campaign plan (i.e. research and analysis of target audience, key-message)
  2. Creation and production of the campaign
  3. Implementation and dissemination of the campaign
  4. Offline activities
  5. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation
Lusófona University hosts RETHINK kick-off meeting on November 26th, 2018

Lusófona University hosts RETHINK kick-off meeting on November 26th, 2018

Lusófona University in Lisbon will host the kick-off meeting for RETHINK Project on November 26th. This meeting will gather together all consortium members for the project, coming from Sweden, France, Italy, Hungary and Romania. This meeting is especially important due to work planning and to create a solid and unique project team with all consortium […]
RETHINK project is publicly presented on November 27th in Lisbon, Portugal

RETHINK project is publicly presented on November 27th in Lisbon, Portugal

RETHINK Project will be officially presented to the public on November 27th, at auditorium Armando Guebuza, at Lusófona University, in Lisbon. Project stakeholders and national and European authorities will state their vision on extremist counter-narratives and the importance of critical thinking.

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