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Call for participants: RAN FC&S Working Group meeting in collaboration with the RAN C&N, Y&E and LOCAL WGs – Preventing polarisation in communities by creating a shared i

This digital meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 10 November and Friday 13 November 2020 (9.00-12.30).

For the RAN Families, Communities and Social Care meeting (FC&S) on ‘Preventing polarisation in communities by creating a shared identity’ we are currently looking for suitable participants.

Background and aim of the meeting

Within RAN we focus ongoing on cooperation with communities to prevent or counter violent extremism. This Families, Communities & Social Care working group meeting (in collaboration with the Communication & Narratives, Local Authorities, and Youth & Education Working Groups) will build on all accumulated insights and specifically look into the ways of creating a shared identity on a local level. A shared identity can be described as a collective sense of belonging to a group or for example a city.

An example on a local level could be a strategy or campaign that recognises the differences among its communities while emphasizing shared interests on city-level as well as a sense of belonging for all residents. In practice, this means creating a space where all inhabitants feel welcome, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity which can be through a (social media) campaign, but also through concrete practical events on a community level such as festivities or opportunities for citizens to exchange and get to know each other. These measures can contribute to a shared identity and the feeling of togetherness in a community.

The focus of this meeting is on how to jointly build resilience on the local level against polarising influences by the development of unification, a sense of belonging and inclusivity with and in local communities through campaigns. The goal of these campaigns is to broaden the experience and awareness of a shared identity. During the meeting we will:

  • Dive deeper into the concept of a ‘shared identity’ and different aspects of creating an inclusive campaign
  • Exchange inspiring examples of campaigns on a local level
  • Work on an assignment: how could you shape a campaign to create a shared identity in your city?

The deliverable will be a checklist with tips how to create a (local) unifying shared identity with a campaign and a list of examples/practices. A month after this meeting, a webinar will be organised with the outcomes of the meeting.

Practitioners we are looking for are:

Practitioners that facilitate exchange and cooperation between communities themselves as well as between communities and (local) governments. This could, for example, include social workers, local coordinators, communication experts and many more that are involved in building bridges. We encourage in particular to let duos of a local coordinator and a community representative/communication expert participate!

Participants should have experience in working in a polarised environment and know how to deal with tensions, and/or know how to campaign/communicate to create a shared identity and limit the risk of societal unrest.

In order to find the best suited participants, we would like to ask you if you could answer the following questions:

  • Do you have experiences in creating exchange and building bridges between different communities and (local) governments to prevent and counter polarisation and unrest?
  • From your experiences, what are the main challenges and recommendations for successfully fighting polarisation on a community level and creating a shared identity?
  • Can you share inspiring campaigns from your country with us that were focused on creating a shared identity on a community level?
  • Only of applicable: Is it possible for you to bring with you acommunity representative (if you work in a municipality) or a local coordinator (if you are from a community) to this meeting?


If you are interested in participating at this meeting, please elaborate on these questions. Deadline is 28 October. Send answers to Julia Handle, Fenna Keijzer and Rik Scheele? We will invite participants based on this information.

Please note there is a limited number of places available for this meeting to foster exchanges, so participation is not guaranteed.

The meeting will be held digitally in English.  

If you have any further questions, contact Julia Handle, Fenna Keijzer and Rik Scheele.