BRaVE Academy: Learn, Exchange & Network
Across five modules for five weeks in a row, we explored in April and May 2021 current topics of project work taking place in Europe. In each module, international experts, researchers and practitioners shared their knowledge with participants and encouraged them to exchange ideas. Participants then had the opportunity to deepen their discussions and build new networks across Europe.
8 April 2021 | Advocacy: Developing online and offline campaigns and advocacy approaches within projects
15 April 2021 | Gender and At-Risk Communities: Working with different gender identities, minority and at risk communities
22 April 2021 | Online work: Developing and running online resilience and counter-extremism projects
29 April 2021 | Sports: Detailing the links between sport and extremism and how to use sport as a response
6 May 2021 | The Arts: Building resilience through arts-based approaches in interfaith and intercultural projects.
Advocacy: Developing online and offline campaigns and advocacy approaches within projects
Thursday 8 April 2021 | 3pm – 4.30pm CET
In times of rising concerns about extremism, organisations and projects seeking to provide a response. We need to build strong networks and connections, and share information on strategies, methods and knowledge. Finding good partners and allies can be challenging, and it is important to develop strategies that amplify the project’s impact long-term and engage with policy makers and practitioners.
Magda Swider | How to! Explaining the basics of Advocacy work | TEA (Poland)
Robin Sclafani | Advocacy in the prevention landscape | CEJI (Belgium)
Gender and At Risk Communities: Working with different gender identities, minority and at risk communities
Thursday 15 April 2021 | 3pm – 4.30pm CET
The module of Gender and At Risk Communities aimed at supporting projects that work across minority groups, faith communities or around discussions on gender, and wanted to answer questions like: How do I reach my target group? What knowledge do I need to have to work with my target group? And how can I ensure sensitivity to different communities and respond to different community needs? It additionally explored interfaith and intercultural aspects that projects should be aware of (such as dietary restrictions, holidays, etc.) and how to work with at-risk communities (such as GRT communities) in a way that ensures their safety.
Magda Swider | How to approach projects with the LGBTQI+ Community | TEA (Poland)
Vicente Rodriguez Fernandez | Empowerment of Roma Communities in Europe | TernYpe (Germany)
Francesca Scrinzi | Gender and the far/radical Right | University of Glasgow (Great Britain)
Online Work: Developing and running online resilience and counter-extremism projects
Thursday 22 April 2021 | 3pm – 4.30pm CET
As the world goes digital, we need to find new workable concepts for Online Streetwork and Campaigns on Social Media Channels. What is important to know when creating online Campaigns and how can projects tackle their work online? What are the links between online spaces and radicalisation, and how can these factors be addressed? And how can we ensure continued and impactful work within the confines of COVID-19 restrictions and best utilise opportunities on social media platforms?
Adrian Stuiber | Best practice Online Streetwork | Expert on Online Streetwork (Germany)
Amy-Louise Watkin | Online Radicalisation and Resilience | Swansea University (Great Britain)
Sports: Detailing the links between sport and extremism and how to use sport as a response
Thursday 29 April 2021 | 4pm – 5.30pm CET
How can sports be used to tackle polarisation and create an environment that fosters an inclusive, respectful team spirit? What are the counter strategies for building a more resilient and inclusive sports atmosphere in the Face of invasive Far Right movements that use public sports and hooliganism for their purposes? And how can sports encourage gender equality and strengthen the rights of LGBTQI+?
Pavel Klymenko | Soccer: Between prevention and radicalisation | FARE Network (England)
Yvonne Labedzki | Women, Skateboarding and the Olympics | Betonkultur e.V. (Germany)
The Arts: Building resilience through arts-based approaches in interfaith and intercultural projects
Thursday 6 May 2021 | 11 am – 12.30 pm CET
How can we use art-based approaches - such as the visual and performing arts - in the field of prevention work? What can we learn from each other, what are effective fields of action and how can projects in this field generate valuable partnerships even across Europe? How do image-making and representation in arts-based interventions contribute to the prevention of radicalisation to violence?
Sabine Winterfeldt | Theatre projects on a European level| Actress and Author (Germany)
Vivian Gerrand | The importance of grassroots Arts projects | Deakin University (Australia)