Communication and narratives are key to preventing radicalisation. Terrorist groups are capitalising more and more on technology to extend the reach of their narratives and recruit young people. The Communication and Narratives Working Group focuses on the delivery of both on- and offline communication that offers alternatives or that counters extremist propaganda and/or challenges extremist ideas.
The working group will gather insights on the content of these narratives, its target audiences, the credible messengers (varying from national governments, civil society, victims, formers and youngsters) and the varying ways of dissemination (from face-to-face interventions, using testimonials in different contexts, such as classrooms, to via the Internet in blogs, chatrooms, websites or social media).
The emerging threat of conspiracy narratives is high on the RAN C&N working group’s agenda. What do the experts suggest and what are the potential countermeasures? Watch the film and find out.
We gathered nine people to watch four “Breaking news” reports with one objective, to talk about best communications practice after a terror attack.
How to communicate efficiently after an attack? Religious leaders and actors, women, youth, health professionals, psychologists, teachers businessmen, the whole of society need to be involved.
The RAN Policy & Practice event in Madrid on 25 April 2018 looked into how governments can support and enhance the creation of effective alternative and counter narratives, and how young people can be involved.
This RAN webinar aims to discuss the following questions:
- What are the individual benefits of believing in conspiracies?
- What indicate that a narrative is potentially harmful?
- What can resilience towards potentially dangerous conspiracy myths can be strengthened and how can practitioners be supported to counter conspiracy myths effectively?
Participants in the Communication and Narratives Working Group speak about what they learned at a two-day meeting on measuring the impact of online campaigns – and what they might do differently in the future.
Following RAN activities and Working Group meetings, an ex-post paper highlights lessons learned, insights and follow-up initiatives.
- RAN C&N ‘What’s going on online? Dealing with potential use of deepfakes by extremists’, Helsinki 10-11 November 2022
- RAN C&N Digital frontrunners: Key challenges and recommendations for online P/CVE work, Riga 16-17 June 2022
- RAN C&N Antisemitism as a part of almost all extremist ideologies and narratives, online meeting 29-30 March 2022 (also available in French and German)
- Lessons Learned from Alternative Narrative Campaigns, March 2022
- RAN C&N Conspiracy Narratives: Current State and Future Expectations for P/CVE in the EU, online meeting 16-17 November 2021
- RAN Activities in Communication & Narratives, July 2021 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N The Incel Phenomenon, online meeting 17-18 June 2021 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N Digital Grooming Tactics on Video Gaming & Video Gaming Adjacent Platforms: Threats and Opportunities, online meeting 15-16 March 2021
- RAN C&N The Impact of Conspiracy Narratives on Violent RWE and LWE Narratives, online meeting, 24-25 November 2020 (also available in French and German)
- Short Handbook conclusions paper COVID-19 Narratives that Polarise (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N Extremists’ Use of Video Gaming – Strategies and Narratives, online meeting 15-17 September 2020 (also available in French and German)
- RAN VoT and C&N Conclusions How to involve victims of terrorism in a prevention campaign, online meeting 11 June 2020 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N Effective Narratives: Updating the GAMMMA+ model, Brussels 14-15 November 2019 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N Communications After an Attack, Lisbon 01-02 October 2019 (also available in French and German)
- RAN Policy & Practice Workshop – Narratives and Strategies of Far-Right and Islamist Extremists, Amsterdam 04 July 2019 (also available in French and German)
- RAN POL and RAN C&N Current and future narratives and strategies of far-right and Islamist extremism, Stockholm 04-05 April 2019 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N Monitoring & Evaluating counter- and alternative narrative campaigns Berlin 21-22 February 2019 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N How can online communications drive offline interventions? Amsterdam 22-23 November 2018 (also available in French and German)
- Developing counter- and alternative narratives together with local communities, 15 October 2018 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N The role of Informal Actors in delivering effective counter- and alternative narratives, Helsinki 20-21 September 2018 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N Involving young people in counter and alternative narratives – why involve peers?, Madrid 25 April 2018 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N Checklist of relevant mental biases and mechanisms for developing counter or alternative narratives, Vienna 07-08 February 2018 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N Guidelines for effective alternative and counter-narrative campaigns (GAMMMA+), 31 December 2017
- RAN C&N Audiences of right- and left-wing violent extremists, Rome 02-03 November 2017
- Dos and don’ts of involving formers in PVE/CVE work, Bordeaux 27 June 2017
- RAN C&N dissemination strategies and building online multi-platform networks, Budapest 03-04 May 2017 (also available in French and German)
- RAN C&N How to measure the impact of your online counter or alternative narrative campaign, Brussels 13-14 February 2017
- RAN C&N One-to-one digital interventions, Berlin 14-15 December 2016
- RAN C&N Workshop on jihadist propaganda and how to respond, Amsterdam 03-04 October 2016
- RAN C&N Counter and alternative narratives, Berlin 10-11 December 2015
Working Group leader:
- Ross Frenett, Ireland
- Fabian Wichmann, Germany
For the Working Groups contact points, please see the contacts page