Extreme Dialogue

Extreme Dialogue supports educators and young people to confront the realities of hate and extremism and how such issues might impact their lives.

Extreme Dialogue is ISD’s longest-running educational programme, reaching thousands of students, teachers, and youth workers globally since 2015. Compelling films tell the first-hand stories of former extremists and survivors of violence, accompanied by a series of interactive resources for use in formal and non-formal settings.

The resources offer a direct challenge to the increasing volume of extremist material and propaganda online, providing a human face for why people can become radicalised and the consequences of their actions. By creating a safe space to discuss the drivers for and pathways out of extremism, the programme helps confront issues which are often ignored or considered too sensitive to broach.

We want to remove the stigma and create an inclusive framework where young people and teachers can feel confident exploring their views. Extreme Dialogue centres on the testimony of real people, told in their own words, raw and unscripted. We believe this is the most powerful way to challenge stereotypes, debunk reductive labels around ‘heroes and villains’, and emphasise the profound impacts of extremism on people’s lives.

Witnesses include:

‘Extreme Dialogue’ is an excellent programme which enables schools to develop the critical thinking skills essential for young people today. The high quality resources help teachers to engage in useful and constructive dialogue with students even in a sphere where emotions, opinions and knowledge can be varied.Alan Fraser, Assistant Head Teacher, Cranford Community College

All content is freely available on the project website in English, French, German and Hungarian.

Since its inception, Extreme Dialogue has been funded by Public Safety Canada (including via the Kanishka Project), and co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union.   

ISD continues to partner with film-makers duckrabbit, the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV), and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation to develop materials and bring the programme to new contexts worldwide. In Europe the programme is supported by project partners West London Initiative (UK), Cultures Interactive (Germany), and Political Capital (Hungary).

Extreme Dialogue

Extreme Dialogue workshop, London, UK, 2018

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Jennie King
Jennie King

Senior Policy Manager

Jennie King is a Senior Policy Manager at ISD. She supports programme design, policy outreach and strategy across the organisation. Jennie previously served as MENA Regional Director Arts, Assistant Country Director Egypt and Co-Director Hungary for the British Council, the UK’s international body for cultural relations. She also served as an Attaché for the Guatemalan Diplomatic Mission. She is the co-author of the ISD report Hoodwinked: Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour on Facebook. Jennie read Arabic and Spanish at Pembroke College, Cambridge, receiving a Foundation Scholarship and the Marie Shamma’a Frost Prize for Oriental Studies.
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Lucie Parker

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Lucie Parker
Lucie Parker

Programme Operations Manager

Lucie Parker is a Programme Operations Manager at ISD, responsible for the project and grant management, operational delivery and fundraising activities for ISD’s portfolio of programmes across Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She also works on developing policies and practices that implement ISD’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and organisational wellbeing. Lucie has spent her career managing programmes across a range of social justice issues in the UK and international charity and non-profit sectors, with previous roles including Gender Analyst at International Crisis Group and Senior Policy and Research Officer at the Fawcett Society. She is a Founding Trustee of Bread & Roses, a charity that provides holistic support to refugee and asylum seeking women as they rebuild their lives in the UK. She is the co-author of the Young Digital Leaders Impact Report and Digital Resilience: Stronger Citizens Online. Lucie holds an MA with distinction in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Politics from the University of York.
Hugo Besançon
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Hugo Besançon

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Hugo Besançon
Hugo Besançon

Associate

Hugo Besançon is an Associate at ISD working within the Education team to produce and disseminate pedagogical content to help empower young people against a wide array of online harms (dis/misinformation and hate speech). He participated in the production of ISD’s Young Digital Leaders Curriculum and contributes to ISD’s educational programmes (Extreme Dialogue, Be Internet Citizens, ReNews, Young Digital Leaders). He previously worked at the Council of Europe (where he organised the World Forum for Democracy) and at the French National Digital Council (where he worked on topics such as gender equality in tech, digital citizenship, facial recognition). Hugo is a graduate from Sciences Po Strasbourg where he specialised in European Policy. Hugo also holds a Master’s degree in Digital Law and Open Government from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne where he focused on the right to Privacy in the 21st Century.
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Iris Boyer

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Iris Boyer
Iris Boyer

Advisor to ISD France

Iris Boyer is an Advisor to ISD France. She was previously Deputy Head of the Communications, Education and Networks team at ISD, overseeing a number of programmes supporting and amplifying civil society’s efforts against extremism through scaled partnerships with tech companies and grassroots organisations. Previously, Iris worked at YouTube on the development and coordination of the global campaign Creators for Change, after having managed counter speech and social good programmes at Facebook for their EMEA policy team. Prior to that, she spent some time working for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a junior policy analyst in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as for the French Ministry of Finance, as an economic attaché covering the South Caucasus region. She is the co-author of ISD reports Information Manipulations Around COVID-19: France Under Attack, Building Digital Citizenship in France: Lessons from the Sens Critique project, Mapping hate in France: A panoramic view of online discourse, Building Digital Citizenship in France: Lessons from the Sens Critique project, and the Young Digital Leaders Impact Report. Iris holds a French 5-year diploma in social sciences and humanities from Sciences Po, as well as an international Master in Public Affairs from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and the London Metropolitan University.