Aim to limit the dissemination and reach of hate speech and incitement. This includes takedowns of content, and use of reporting functions on sites like Facebook and Twitter. It also includes community mobilisation to remove stickers, posters and graffiti.
Aim to unite the silent majority against extremism by emphasising solidarity, common causes and shared values. Alternative narratives come from a variety of actors, from inter-faith and inter-community leaders to sports personalities and pop artists, and promote more moderate and inclusive discourses.
Aim to deconstruct, de-legitimise and de-mystify extremist propaganda. This includes: picking apart extremist ideologies by undermining their intellectual framework; attempting to mock, ridicule or undermine the legitimacy of extremists; highlighting how extremist activities negatively impact on the people they claim to represent; demonstrating how their actions are inconsistent with their own beliefs, or questioning their overall effectiveness.
Joan works with the Safer Luton Partnership, which works across statutory, business, voluntary, and community partners to support victims of crime and reduce risks of victimisation. She has spent many years as a local Councillor, and has piloted some of the most innovative methods of dealing with the EDL.
Rachel is Research and Policy Director at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. She is currently focusing on delivering effective counter-narratives to extremism, making innovative use of films and social media to make content that can reach those who are most vulnerable.
Johannes is Coordinator of the No-Nazi.net project run by Amadeu Antonio Stiftung. The project seeks to create effective counter-strategies to far-right extremists’ use of the internet and social networks.