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RAN CSEP BRIEFING: Do One Brave Thing (DOBT)

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The Do One Brave Thing (DOBT) project aims to empower young people to challenge extremist narratives in their daily lives by providing them with media literacy skills and software tools to investigate online sources of information and to think more critically. In addition, the project enables young people to develop counter-narrative campaigns to challenge hate speech and extremist rhetoric online. It encourages them to non-violently address their political grievances through policy advocacy.

BRAVE Campaigns can be divided into two types. The first is BRAVE Campaigns. These are implemented and led by the project consortium. The second type is BRAVE YOUTH Campaigns. These are implemented by youth trained in BRAVE Bootcamps. The target audiences for both types of campaigns were young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Italy. Additional target audiences of the BRAVE project campaigns included youth organisations and professionals, as well as organisations working with youth (including schools and others working to raise awareness and engagement) to help them understand and identify the signs of fake news, radicalisation and polarisation.

Key outcomes of the project include:

  • Significantly raised awareness among targeted youth, helping them to understand radicalisation, fake news, polarisation, and how to campaign and engage to achieve positive impact.
  • Youth organised and led the EU Youth Summit on Shaping the Future of Europe (www.future-europe.eu), an entirely youth-led and youth-designed event.
  • Creation of the web-based service and plug-in (https://onebravething.eu/brave-web-service) for use in English, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, as well as tools that can be used by youth (and all age groups) to check the share-worthiness of information on the internet and social media platforms. This is a significant innovation in the field.

This paper follows a briefing structure, in which it summarises the campaign, the main achievements of the project, the lessons learned on online campaigning in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), and links to some of the campaign messages.

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Publication date
8 July 2021
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Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs