Alternative Narratives

Alternative Narratives: alternative narrative to hateful and violent content 

Hatred and violence are manifesting through words online and through traditional media outlets; a phenomenon that may escalate online and offline hate speech, violence and even recruit with violent groups. This project is about empowering and mobilizing media people and creating an alternative narrative based on the national and regional context that is to support building community resilience and general culture of peace. The project aims to build the capacity, engage and mobilize of media personnel in Jordan through creating more Arabic alternative narratives in media.

Alternative narratives are needed to counter current paradigms which rely on intellectually wrong assumptions and perpetuate stereotypes which increase the risks of extremism, hate and violence and constitute obstacles to intercultural dialogue. Hence, the mission of the knowledge hub is to promote alternative narratives for reducing these risk and dismantle these obstacles. 

Rising above stereotypes is not an easy task. They are enshrined in the popular culture, in the common discourse and sometimes even in the official discourse. They are so hard to counter because they are based on illusory correlations which simplify our representation of the world. In other words, stereotypes are intellectual shortcuts.

To be effective, alternative narratives must then be based on facts, data and clear evidence. Their ultimate goal is to convince people to abandon the aforementioned intellectual shortcuts and to base their opinions on solid and proved correlations, not on illusory ones. 

In order to promote alternative narratives, I-Dare created a specific online platform: The Alternative Narratives Knowledge Hub