Whenever and wherever identity-based violence occurs, communication is weaponized. Whether to paint certain groups as threatening, change who constitutes “us” and “them,” or coordinate immediate action, communication plays a central role in driving societies towards violence.
What if we could harness the power of communication to unite rather than divide? To defuse these dangerous dynamics and build an active peace? Research and practice show that this is possible.
Over Zero harnesses the power of communication to prevent, resist, and rise above identity-based violence and other forms of group-targeted harm. We peel back the layers to understand how communication moves societies toward violence, and how it can instead be leveraged to create an active peace.
In partnership with community leaders, civil society organizations, and researchers across relevant disciplines, we incubate and learn from interventions, draw connections across silos and geographies, and advance the field’s collective knowledge. Our trainings and design tools - informed by science and practice - support our partners to take effective action.