With POSITIVE MESSENGERS project events we aim at:

Empower target groups and promote peer-to-peer and civil society initiatives to counter hate speech;
 Create networks of local, national and international partners to counter online hate speech through production and dissemination of positive messages;
Encourage positive discourses and counter-narratives in order to limit hate speech against migrants/refugees;
Develop and test peer-reviewed training materials for target audiences.

Creative Tools


The Creative Tool Positive Messengers License, developed in cooperation with artists, performers, communication and creative specialists, aimed at introducing a thinking-out-of-the-box approach, to deconstruct hate speech and negative representation of migrants and refugees in an alternative way.

1. ST LINE: ONE NOUN 
2. ND LINE: TWO ADJECTIVES 
3. RD LINE: THREE VERBS: 
4. TH LINE: FOUR WORDS – ONE SENTENCE 
5. TH LINE: ONE NOUN: WORD WHICH REFLECTS THE BASE OF THE PROBLEM 
Example: 
Regugees, Hopeless, Cold, Escape, Hope, Don´t smile, They, Want, Safe, Place, Solidarity.

 

This crossword is a fun way to verify if you understand Human rights basic concepts. If you can solve it, thanyou know the basic ingredients of diversity.


With the “These 5 innovations changed the world as we know it. Do you know where they come from?” quiz we try to inform online users about the life of immigrants who are running away from conflict. We also try to put ourselves and others in somebody else’s shoes by showing that great innovations come from all corners of the world, regardless of nationality, skin colour, language or culture.


Every question of the “Check your knowledge in Geography with these 7 questions!” quiz comes with an interesting and often worrying fact about the millions of people on our planet that are immigrants and refugees. Users can learn about what Tibet and the more than 14 million refugees and immigrants have in common or what does Antarctica have to do with refugees.


The “Are you a foodie?” quiz aims at informing online users about different facts regarding immigrant and refugees in a fun way that includes one of our favorite subjects – food. You can find out if you know the main ingredients in dishes from all corners of the planet and learn a little bit about people who come to our country, city or neighborhood with their own culinary traditions.

One person is asking folowing questions: 
• Do you think I prefer to spent my holidays in the mountains / by the sea? 
• In the party do I prefer beer/vine/shots? 
• In the restaurant do I order big tasty steak or veggie salad? 
• Do I have a dog? 
• Do I have a driving licence? 
• ACTIVITY: What do you thing about me? 
• Have I ever been in Africa? 
• Do I prefer summer/winter sports? 
• Am I punctual/tidy/strict? 
• After that we talk about the selection criteria we use. Each participant reveals the stereotypes concealed in his/her decision making. We try to name these stereotypes and we look for their sources and the reasons why they originated. 
Students wrote down positive messages against stereotypes.

Leona, the lector of the activity, distributed to the participants few different racist/ xenophobic / islamophobic articules - mostly hoax online articles. 
See: Creative Workshop presentation. Participants red the articles and the on-line hate speech debate under the articles. 
Their task was to creatively react to the online hate speech. Write down some funny/controversal/ironical claims…

Objective: To discuss prejudices, stereotypes, values, and the limits of tolerance 
Time limit: 60 min 
Description: The group leader distributes a copy of the scenario to the participants, reads the instructions, and allows each participant to independently select three passengers with whom he/she would like to travel, and three passengers he/she would definitely not choose. The results can be evaluated either in groups of three to six, or by the entire class. The participants must always specify the criteria they used to make their decisions.

Instead of borrowing a book, participants “borrowed” a person who is volunteering. They had possibility to speak with 3 of them:

* Eva regularly volunteers in refugee camps in Greece. She was also in refugee camps in Serbian-Hungarian borde: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT5P0UAVzFY 
* Dorotka: she helps Roma kids to catch up on their studies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ytte05b7w    
* Alex: volunteers in Cesta domů, organization which provides care to the dying and their loved ones. Alex besides other things helps to people dying in their home environmenthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn39rtLRLM4 

3 volunteers stories which should inspire people, especially young people to make the world better.


There is no room for hate speech on the Internet, and we need your help to make sure of it. Being careful about what kind of expressions you use you can support the thousands of people affected by online hate speech, and you can act to make the internet a more welcoming and more favorable environment for all. This game promotes the use of positive expressions to replace those that incite hatred.

We intend to make a popular ball pit (like those found in amusement parks) but in much smaller size - only two persons would be able to sit in it. That pool would be located in a busy pedestrian area with many passers-by. One immigrant would sit on a chair in a pit. The other chair would be empty and it would serve as an invitation to passers-by to interact: HAVE A SEAT - TAKE A BALL - ASK A QUESTION.

This creative tool is quite simple and serves as an icebreaker intended not only to “break the ice” but also to eliminate the fear of the unknown and any prejudice that people may have. A group of participants is divided in two equal smaller groups - a group sitting down and a group drawing.

The aim is to raise awareness of the difficult and strenuous journey of refugees by means of a photography exhibition of the famous National Geographic photographer Ciril Jazbec (SLO), who took photographs of hundreds of refugees crossing the border between Serbia and Croatia. 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2015/11/23/covering-a-desperately-longwalk-through-small-town-slovenia/

 

The experts from the Greek partner organization on the “Coalition of Positive Messengers to Counter Online Hate Speech” project have created a training session that includes a number of activities aiming at creating a discussion about online hate speech between the participants. Different activities and exercises aimed at different objectives – for the participants to get to know each other, for them to react to different situations of hate speech, for them to try and build a positive message to counter hate speech and others.

The experts from the Municipality of Agii Anargiri-Kamatero managed to create a dramatization activity in which there is a public situation in which an Albanian migrant faces hate speech on the streets of Athens. The participants had the chance to get involved in the dramatizations as actors. All of the people involved in this process were able to see the particular situation from different angles and experience hate speech up close.

 

The feedback activities from the training sessions organized by the Municipality of Agii Anargiri-Kamatero involved the sharing of thoughts, emotions and views on the trainings which helped in gaining some clarity on the subject of hate speech and how to counteract it.

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