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COMMIT is a European Campaign with social media posts coming from 4 NGO’s in Austria, Italy, Greece and the Netherlands. It aims to prevent & dissuade vulnerable young people (13 – 35) from extremism, radicalism & terrorism.
The project’s 3 social media campaigns seek to make their target audience aware of their own psychological “trigger points” that can be used to incite them to violence and provides them with relevant skills to co-create counter narratives challenging extremist online propaganda.
COMMIT’s method is to stimulate “Active Bystandership” against a “Continuum of Violence”, an easily remembered mix of psycho-social- and circumstantial elements that frustrate individual audience member’s natural psychological needs, triggering polarization and violence.
The continuum has been observed as common to all major genocides of the 20th century. Hate speech exaggerates its major elements- fear and insecurity, to which extremist movements offer simple solutions by scapegoating groups that are instinctively seen as “foreign” or associated with age-old traumata.
The COMMIT campaign: Hate – A Course in Three Lessons
First campaign: Fear and Hate Speech – an intimate relationship (July 2021 – October 2021)
Why hate speech needs an element of fear and insecurity to work – on whole societies – but also on individuals. The campaign focusses on Fake News and Hate Speech on the internet -with useful tips of how one can become more resistant to these phenomena.
Second campaign: Ingrouping & Scapegoating: why we love enemies (November 2021 – February 2022)
This campaign demonstrates how extremists are using (and have used in the past) in-grouping and scapegoating to attract people with vulnerable identities and how they use scapegoating and polarisation for their purposes. It helps audiences resist those influences.
Third campaign: Active bystandership: The magic bullet (March 2022 – June 2022)
The campaign provides with basic recipes for how to be an active bystander in different situations. It gives answers of what to do – and how to do it safely!
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