We support societies to resist division and become resilient to violence by:
(1) Increasing Knowledge & Capacity: we provide trainings and capacity building support to organizations and groups
(2) Supporting Strategy Design: we facilitate project design workshops and provide strategic advising
(3) Pushing Forward: we support pilot projects, inter-disciplinary research, and the prototyping and testing of promising approaches to push practical knowledge forward
By applying design principles, marketing strategies and behavioral science, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow Rachel Brown has gained a deep understanding of what incites speech-driven violence. In the process, she is learning there is a flip side – using speech to incite peace.
Genocide and mass atrocities are commonly preceded and accompanied by “dangerous speech” -hate speech that has the potential to influence people to accept, condone, or commit violence against targeted groups. Dangerous speech is consequently considered both a warning sign and an instrument of group-targeted violence. Counteracting its dissemination provides us with one avenue for preventing this type of violence from occurring.