Challenge Radicalisation

Radicalisation. Extremism. Polarisation. What comes to your mind when you read these words? Could you spot the signs of extremism? If so, do you want to know how to challenge it and its narratives? With Do One Brave Thing, you can learn how 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 make a difference! You can be the change!

Playlist for democracy

A good song can make the difference between giving up or continuing even when you think you have reached a dead end or all your limits.

We have asked 20 activists from Hungary, Italy, Poland and Romania which is their favourite song that keeps them going in their weak moments. Also, in their stories, you will find what keeps them motivated and focused, and some tips and tricks on how to cope with hatred and extremism.

Perspectives & Context (Video)

In the video, Hungarian youtuber, blogger and LGBTQ+ activist Olivér Pusztai talks about his experiences with radicalisation, hate speech and bullying both online and offline. He explains why he thinks these phenomena have to be challenged and how he fights prejudices and tries to form people’s way of thinking about the LGBTQ+ community.

Fighting hate with Olivér Pusztai

Radicalisation - what is it? Prevent, anticipate, react!

Here is the story of Przemysław Witkowski, a journalist and academic who was brutally beaten by a right-wing extremist in July 2019 in Wroclaw. The journalist reacted to neo-Nazi symbols and xenophobic inscriptions on the wall in the centre of the city. His reaction to breaking the law in public space was met with aggression from an extremist attacker. Przemek tells his story, talks about what happened to him and what consequences the incident had for him. He speaks about what ideological violence and radicalization that leads to extremism means for him personally. Jacek Purski from the Institute of Social Safety explains the process of radicalization and the impact it has on our everyday safety. Jacek Mazurczak (Institute of Social Safety) speaks about the importance of multi-sectoral co-operation in preventing and counteracting radicalization in Poland. The film was recorded as part of the DO ONE BRAVE THING project.

In the video, Romanian radio host Ionuț Bodonea explains how he learnt more about radicalisation and hate speech and how he realised that these phenomena need to be challenged. He also talks about how he and his colleagues try to prevent radical ideas from appearing in their radio show while still allowing freedom of expression. He encourages viewers to look for information and take a stance against radicalisation and hate speech.

On hate, calmly, with Ionuț Bodonea

When hate comes to town

Extreme Dialogue

Understanding Radicalisation and Raising Awareness

Why violent extremist narratives resonate

My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement & how I got out

Extreme Dialogue

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)?

Taking Action

Some factors known as “protective factors” can act as strengths to help an individual resist indoctrination and avoid being radicalised. 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