Be The Change
Radicalisation. Extremism. Polarisation. What comes to your mind when you read these words? Could you spot the signs of extremism? If so, would you want to challenge it and it’s narratives? With Do One Brave Thing, you can learn to identify the warning signs and to challenge extremism when you see it, with a particular focus on radicalisation among friends, peers, family members and the community that surrounds you in your everyday life. You can do it too! You can make a difference! You can be the change!
Perspectives & Context (Video)
Understanding Radicalisation and Raising Awareness
When hate comes to town
Why violent extremist narratives resonate
My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement & how I got out
Perspectives & Context (Articles)
Spotting the signs
A HELPFUL GUIDE: You may be in a position to identify and support someone who may be vulnerable to becoming involved in extremism or terrorism. See some of the signs here…
Radicalisation and violent extremism
Radicalisation happens when a person’s thinking and behaviour become significantly different from how most members of their society and community view social issues and participate politically. Only small numbers of people radicalise and they can be from a diverse range of ethnic, national, political and religious groups.
What would you do if your friend became an extremist?
What would you do if someone you know started spouting extremist beliefs? What if you heard them expressing more and more radical political or religious positions? They might not necessarily be advocating violence, or downloading bomb-making instructions onto their smartphone, but what if you thought they might be taking steps down that path (or encouraging others to do so)?
Some factors known as “protective factors” can act as strengths to help an individual resist indoctrination and avoid being radicalized. From a prevention perspective, it is important to focus on consolidating such factors both in the person in question and in the individual’s surroundings.
The story of a radicalisation: 'I was not thinking my thoughts. I was not myself'
Maysa, a teenager from Brussels, was a music fan and a ‘ray of sunshine’ at school. But an encounter on social media had changed her within a year