Fundación Ciudadana Civio
Fundación Ciudadana Civio
How right or wrong are you about widespread beliefs on European issues? A collaborative educational project aimed at contributing to a diverse European citizenship, promoting international and intercultural understanding, particularly among youngsters.
Populist discourses, us-versus-them worldviews, hate speeches… they all enjoy a widespread and often growing audience in Europe -partly explained by mass media’s functioning mechanisms-, certainly wider than more nuanced approaches to an issue. It is demanding, after all, to have an informed opinion, and there are always those eager to offer a simpler biased perspective for their own political or economic benefit. This is a challenge shared by all European countries, especially during times of economic crisis. To fight it we propose an open-source tool, reusable for different topics, in different countries and languages, offering -in a visual and user-friendly environment- fact-checked and verifiable data against some of the most dangerous and widely believed misconceptions.
Our project will be successful if:
- It weakens and helps abolish prejudices in issues fundamentally related to the construction of a free, equal, diverse and respect-based Europe; like the percentage of immigrants or muslims in a certain country, and their relation with crime and unemployment.
- Users develop fact-checking skills and a critical attitude towards the daily tidal wave of anecdotal news, populist speeches, unverified memes and online hoaxes.
- Next year a young european that has used the tool writes to us to let us know that he’s changed his mind on a particular issue, and that he has spread the word and a newly found healthy skepticism among his friends, colleagues and family.
• Research and alliance seeking (M 1-4): we’ll analyse studies on sensitive topics where discrimination, hate speech, racism and homophobia are common. We’ll look for alliances with organizations working on these areas and those targeting younger audiences.
• Content creation (M3-5): create a corpus of questions and quizzes (“Q’s”)
• Tool development (M3-7), focusing on a simple user experience for web and mobile and an attractive visual design. Phase 1 partners will be beta testers.
• Offline pilot in Spain (M6-9), producing open scripts and guidelines for the workshop to be replicated in other countries.
• Launch and community engagement (M9-12), promoting the tool among educational entities and advocacy groups, as users of original Q’s and future generators of their own content.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
It’d be very helpful for us to know more about best practices and successful case studies of effectively targeting young people, either from members of the educational system (i.e. teachers) or from organizations with a good track record of working with adolescents.