2020-04-10

IDare Act

Alternative Narrative

Alternative Narrative

IDare Act Platform

Hatred and violence are manifesting through words online and through traditional media outlets. A phenomenon that may escalate online and lead to offline practices and manifestations. It can be in different formats; hate speech, violence and even might be mobilising. Albada’lya is about empowering and mobilizing youth and creating an alternative narrative based on the national and regional context that is to strengthen community resilience. It aims to build the capacity, engage and mobilize youth in Jordan through creating and enriching alternative narratives that are coming from the region.

Alternative Narratives are needed in order to balance the current paradigms which rely on intellectually wrong assumptions and perpetuate stereotypes that increase the risks of extremism, hate, and violence. All of this might act as an obstacle to establishing dialogue, acceptance, and respect of the other.

Raising above stereotypes, racism, and discrimination is not an easy task as they are being reinforced throughout popular culture, in the common discourse. They are so hard to be balanced since they are based on illusory correlations that simplify our representation of the world. In other words, stereotypes, racism, and discrimination can be considered as intellectual shortcuts.

To be effective, alternative narratives must then be based on facts, knowledge and clear evidence. The ultimate goal is to convince people to abandon the aforementioned intellectual shortcuts and to base their opinions on solid and proved correlations while understanding the context. In order to promote alternative narratives, IDare created a specific online platform that is supported by concrete programs and ongoing campaigns www.idareact.org.