Extremist narratives and counter-extremism activism in the Mediterranean region were among some of the topics raised in the Regional Youth Innovation Lab that took place in Madrid on the 17th of March. CDRSEE Project Coordinator Michaela Zervidou and Project Assistant Sofia Avgitidou were also there to contribute and discuss ways of countering violent extremism and hate speech. Together with more than 30 activists and creative professionals from France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, the experience proved to be both interesting and fruitful.
The meeting, organised by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, was held in Facebook’s Headquarters in Spain and provided a forum for participants to cooperate, share ideas and construct a basis for exciting new projects and future collaborations. Participants also had the chance to discuss with representatives of Facebook and learn more about how Social Media Platforms can be used to support a campaign. After the first sessions on alternative activism and proactive solutions to countering violent extremism, participants worked in groups and started to build their own counter-narrative campaigns from scratch and also shared their plans on how these new initiatives will move forward to action. Our team came up with the campaign “Meet your neighbours” and we are looking forward to its implementation. Stay tuned!