About the event
Many of the issues facing the world today such as racism, inequality, injustice and exclusion seem intractable, with little hope of resolution. A discourse of despair, helplessness and increasing fear emerges in many parts of the world, creating a fertile ground for extremist views and narratives that send out messages of intolerance and hatred.
In light of the disruptive impact of different forms of Violent Extremism (VE) in the world at large, a global response is essential. However, it is easy to lose sight of the ways in which local communities can help address the roots of radicalization. After all, it is the local level that can prevent VE in the first place, and shift narratives towards peaceful coexistence. Therefore, the Towards an Inclusive Peace forum seeks to be a meeting point where the experience and expertise of the international community can meet and complement with the contextual knowledge of local communities and national actors.
Practical experience and studies have shown that top-down mechanisms alone are not enough to address the roots of VE. It is necessary to include the voices that are typically not listened to into the design of prevention mechanisms to VE at the local and global level. These include local NGOs, local government, ex-militants and families, which can strengthen the global capacity to address the root causes of extremism of all kinds.
Day 1 – Sunday 23 July
preventing violent extremism
Introduction to the forum with Keynote Speaker and initial discussion about why is it relevant to think about preventing violent extremism from different perspectives.
Day 2 – Monday 24 July
Violent extremism narrative analysis
Keynote speaker – Mathilde Chevee, Kairos Association
Discussion about the lessons learned digital marketing can teach us about how to deconstruct the narrative of violent extremist groups, and how to strengthen communities by implementing the inclusive peace narrative as peacebuilders.
- Exercise 1 – Deconstructing the narrative of the other
Starting from an analysis of the communities participants belong to, we put into practice the tools of narrative analysis to develop strategies on how to engage in meaningful dialogue with the other.
Exercise 2 – Building together a new narrative, step by step
Based on the analysis of the narrative of a target group (selected by participants), we analyze how different is this narrative form ours and which are the values we might have in common that can allow us to build bridges.
Discussion of the second plenary along the lines of each community group.
Building on the experiences of participants and the stories they share the following question will be proposed: How can we apply the tool of narrative analysis to address and prevent violent extremism in our communities?
Day 3 – Tuesday 25 July
Keynote speaker – TBD
Discussion about community-based indicators as an early warning mechanism for preventing violent extremism at the local level. This session will focus on explaining and reflecting about the relevance of developing community-based indicators to address VE at the local level. Followed by Q&A.
Community groups – Applying the community-based indicators
- Once the round of Q&A is finished, an exercise will be proposed to all participants to develop in their community groups in order to develop community-based indicators.
Sharing the community-based indicators identified by each group
- Based on the discussions of each community group, participants will share the community-based indicators they identified. They will also share the challenges they faced in the process and the advantages of the tool as an early warning mechanism.
Day 4 – Wednesday 26 July
Reflections and Implementation
Going down the mountain
- The last day only consists of one morning session and includes all participants of the conference. This space can be used for creative sharing of what the different community groups have experienced, each group having 5 minutes available and then opening up for a general discussion.
Towards an Inclusive Peace will primarily focus on participants and have only two to three keynote speakers.
The goal is to create safe space for participants to share their experience while allowing for hands-on exercises to learn the tools the forum is proposing: narrative analysis and community-based indicators. Knowing that the subject of violent extremism is a complex one, due to its multiple layers, Towards an Inclusive Peace will bring experienced facilitators to support the community groups, while allowing for challenging but enriching discussions.
We will discuss the roots of violent extremism from six different perspectives. Participants will decide to which community group they want to belong to before they arrive to Caux.
- Ethnicity and race (hatred against the Other based on skin color or origin)
- Gender (sexism, homophobia)
- Politics (right and left wing extremist parties)
- Religion (hatred against the Other based on religion)
- Economics (inequality, classism)
- Environment (natural resources and climate change)