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
Life after hate
Learn the story of Staszek, a former neo-Nazi, about his involvement in activities against extremism and radicalisation
Exit from hate
Learn the story of Staszek, a former neo-Nazi, about how he managed to leave this environment and start a new life.
The mind defends against radicalisation
Learn the story of Tomasz, a former activist of far-right organizations, about how he got there and why he decided to leave them.
Nicu’s story: an empowering story of complete change
This is the amazing story of a man s transformation. Starting the age of 13, Nicu was part of a neighbourhood gang that among other illegal activities, targeted violent actions towards ethnic minorities like the Hungarian and Roma. He was in and out of prison for 20 years. Nicu’s life changed completely and sudden when while in prison again, he met by accident his now wife, Simona, a young student at the Conservatory and Conductor of Orchestra.
Simona: How love is stronger than hate
In 2010, Simona was a 20 year old Conservatory student who played violin, and traveled Europe on music tours with her colleagues. She was preparing for a great musical career when she met Nicu, a convict and member of a street gang for more than 20 years, who among other illegal activities targeted ethnical minorities like Hungarians and Roma. Nicu is now her husband. Discover the story of how a woman’ love and trust, changed a man’s life completely and made him give up his gang and hate for others.
Radicalisation in school
Listen to the story of history teacher László Lőrinc, who speaks about his experiences with radicalised students and what teachers can do about it.
Do good for the nation - but how?
History teacher student and activist Attila Lénárt tells why he felt attracted by extremist ideologies and what made him rethink his values.
When hate comes to town
Understanding Radicalisation and Raising Awareness
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 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