Alternative Narratives: the alternative narrative to hateful and violent content
Hatred and violence are manifesting through words online and through traditional media outlets. A phenomenon that may escalate online and offline and in different formats; hate speech, violence and even recruits with violent groups. This project is about empowering and mobilizing youth and creating an alternative narrative based on the national and regional context that is to strengthen community resilience. The project aims to build the capacity, engage and mobilize youth in Jordan through creating and enriching alternative narratives from the region.
Alternative Narratives are needed to balance the current paradigms which rely on intellectually wrong assumptions and perpetuate stereotypes which increase the risks of extremism, hate, and violence and constitute obstacles to intercultural dialogue. The mission of the knowledge hub is to promote alternative narratives for reducing such risks and dismantling obstacles.
Raising above stereotypes, racism, and discrimination is not an easy task as they are enshrined in the popular culture, in the common discourse and sometimes even in the official discourse. They are so hard to be balanced since they are based on illusory correlations which simplify our representation of the world. In other words, stereotypes, racism, and discrimination can be considered as intellectual shortcuts.
To be effective, alternative narratives must then be based on facts, data and clear evidence. The ultimate goal is to convince people to abandon the aforementioned intellectual shortcuts and to base their opinions on solid and proved correlations, not on illusory ones. In order to promote alternative narratives, I-Dare created a specific online platform that is supported by concrete programs and ongoing campaigns.