One to One

Facilitating interventions between former extremists and young people who show extremist tendencies online

Violent extremists are increasingly using peer-to-peer messaging to engage potential recruits on social media. ISD’s One to One programme uses a similar approach to dissuade and disengage extremist sympathisers online.

Using digital tools which utilise publicly available information, we map and locate users expressing extremist sentiment online.  Following this identification, our intervention providers engage in constructive dialogue online with these individuals, offering a positive alternative and deterring them from joining violent extremist groups.

Our intervention providers consist of former extremists, survivors of extremist violence and counsellors. The “formers” and survivors who initiate these conversations are drawn from our Against Violent Extremism (AVE) network – the largest network of former extremists and survivors of extremism in the world. These individuals have the credibility and insight needed to carry out these highly sensitive conversations with radicalised individuals online.

By combining the latest digital mapping with our established human networks, these interventions can have a significant impact in preventing extremism.

Our One to One programme has engaged radicalised individuals.

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Team
Jacob Davey
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Jacob Davey

Project Coordinator

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Jacob Davey
Jacob Davey

Project Coordinator

Jacob Davey is a Project Coordinator at ISD working across ISD’s online counter-narrative work. Jacob develops strategies for identifying extremists online and the dissemination of counter-narrative material and has specialist knowledge on far-right extremism and the role of cultural heritage in Islamic State propaganda. Jacob is currently working on ISD’s One to One programme which aims to initiate de-radicalisation processes through direct online interventions with radicalised individuals. He also works on a counter-narrative dissemination programme in partnership with Microsoft. Jacob holds a Masters in Ancient History from University College London where he focussed on the destruction of cultural heritage by Islamic State.
Natasha Hanckel-Spice
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Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Senior Programme Manager

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Natasha Hanckel-Spice
Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Senior Programme Manager

Natasha manages ISD’s partnership projects programmes, overseeing delivery. This includes the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) in partnership with Facebook. Prior to joining ISD, Natasha worked with a number of well-known organisations including the British Home Office, advising on marketing strategy and developing social enterprise and youth campaigns.
Zahed Amanullah
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Zahed Amanullah

Head of Counter Narratives

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Zahed Amanullah
Zahed Amanullah

Head of Counter Narratives

Zahed is Head of Counter Narratives at ISD, involved across a range of counter-extremism projects focusing on extremism, radicalisation, counter-terrorism, and community conflict.