Muflehun held a half day ViralPeace workshop for Heroes Muenchen, a young men’s organization working towards the equality of women and men at the US Consulate in Munich. The focus of the discussions was on issues that impact their lives, such as racism and discrimination, and digital safety for responsible online engagement.
Muflehun partnered with MediaCom to run a half day ViralPeace workshop focused on metanarratives and digital safety at their offices in New York City. The issues of racism, discrimination and the perception of images were highlighted by the participants.
Muflehun partnered with Cure Violence, Life After Hate, Illinois Targeted Violence Prevention Program (TVPP) and community organizations to launch ViralPeace Chicago in July 2016. After two intense days of theory, exercises and brainstorming, the groups designed projects to reduce violence and improve community relations in Chicago and to provide access to mental health support groups for college students.
Open Camps is a community-run conference focused on the use of open source technologies to address humanitarian issues and pursue the UN’s GlobalGoals. This is the world’s largest mission-driven open source conference, with 6,000+ attendees joining for 25+ conferences & events, featuring 400+ sessions on dozens of open source technologies.
The Unite for Humanity Hackathon, part of the Open Camps, strives to create solutions to some of our world’s most pressing problems. This year, one of the challenges was around the use of social media and narratives to push back against extremism.
Muflehun provided expert advice on the nature of the challenge throughout the week and was a judge for the finalists.
Muflehun participated at an invitation-only Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Symposium by the The Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina. The topic was “Exploring the Relationship Between the Rule of Law and Violent Extremism in the Middle East.”
The symposium examined how state-based formal institutions—particularly those charged with upholding the rule of law, such as police, courts and corrections—can contribute to the kinds of grievances that are associated with violent extremism. The symposium also examined avenues for constructive institutional reform within the context of violent extremism. Participants considered how injustices, both large and slight, can feed into violent narratives used by extremists and how more inclusive approaches towards governance may increase public trust.
Expanding on the one-year anniversary of the 2015 White House CVE Summit and calls for action at the 2015 UN General Assembly meetings, Creative Associates International and other strategic partners held a dynamic CVE symposium for world leaders, policy makers, peacebuilders, media, technologists, and civil society to grapple with the challenges to countering violent extremism today, define gaps in methodologies, and redefine opportunities for innovative solutions and their implications in practice.
Muflehun joined a panel on the role of communities and addressed the role of civil society in preventing and intervening against extremism, rather than CVE being led by governments and security agencies.
Muflehun on panel
Muflehun Executive Director being interviewed by press
Muflehun presented on “How can we counter radical and extremist messages on the internet and social media?” and additionally ran an interactive workshop session on “Metanarratives- developing messaging and narratives to counter radicalization and recruitment of youth on the internet and social media.”
The meeting was held to foster better understanding of the causes of radicalization and possible responses through the exchange of best practices at regional level and beyond; and promoted strengthened partnerships between state actors, civil society and communities to address the root causes and consequences of the phenomenon. Participants included representatives from Central Asian countries, observer states, regional and international organizations, as well as relevant experts, counter-terrorism practitioners, and civil society from across the region.