Extreme Dialogue

Inoculating young people against extremism through our interactive educational resources for parents and teachers

Extreme Dialogue is a series of interactive educational resources for teachers, youth workers and others working with young people, centred on compelling films telling the first-hand stories of former extremists and survivors of extremism from across Europe and Canada.

The short films and accompanying educational resources aim to reduce the appeal of extremism among young people and offer a positive alternative to the increasing amount of extremist material and propaganda available on the internet and across social media platforms.

Extreme Dialogue uses the stories of real people, told in their own words, raw and unscripted, so that young people can learn from those whose lives have been profoundly impacted by extremism. They include: a former member of the extreme far-right in Canada; a mother whose son was killed fighting for ISIS in Syria; a youth worker and former refugee from Somalia; a former member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) whose father was killed by the IRA; a former member of the now banned UK Islamist group al-Muhajiroun; a Syrian refugee now living in Berlin; and a member of a Roma community in Hungary targeted by far-right demonstrations.

‘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

Each film is accompanied by a set of educational resources that can be used with young people in classrooms or community settings to build resilience to extremism and enhance critical thinking by creating a safe space for debating controversial issues. They are also intended to provide teachers with the confidence to safely facilitate open discussions around sensitive subjects.

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

Funded by Public Safety Canada via the Kanishka Project, and co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union, Extreme Dialogue has brought together partners the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, film-makers Duckrabbit, and the educational charity Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Extreme Dialogue in Europe is supported by project partners West London Initiative in the UK, Cultures Interactive in Germany, and Political Capital in Hungary.

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Team
Henry Tuck
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Henry Tuck

Senior Development Manager

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Henry Tuck
Henry Tuck

Senior Development Manager

Henry Tuck is Senior Development Manager at ISD, responsible for the development of new projects, managing donor relationships, and supporting existing ISD programmes in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. Henry oversees the Institute’s educational programme, including Extreme Dialogue, which aims to enhance resilience, critical thinking and digital literacy skills among young people. He also works across various policy-focused projects to counter extremism online in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including governments, international organisations and the private sector. Henry has previously worked on a series of ISD networks and counter-narrative projects, and conducted research on foreign fighters, deradicalisation and the far-right. He holds a Masters in International Conflict Studies from Kings College London, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Durham University.
Louis Reynolds
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Louis Reynolds

Policy & Research Manager

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Louis Reynolds
Louis Reynolds

Policy & Research Manager

Louis Reynolds is a Policy & Research Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Louis works across counter-extremism education, research and policy within the Institute, and is currently developing new educational approaches to build resilience to extremism online in the UK and internationally. Louis also works to develop the Monitoring and Evaluation of counter-extremism programmes, and on a range of other international counter-extremism projects and collaborations including the Policy Planner’s Network. Louis was previously a Researcher at the UK cross-party think tank Demos, where he undertook research on extremism and social and emotional education among other topics. He holds a Masters in Intelligence and International Security from Kings College London and a Bachelors in War Studies from Birmingham University.
Lucie Parker
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Lucie Parker

Project Coordinator

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Lucie Parker
Lucie Parker

Project Coordinator

Lucie Parker is a Project Coordinator at ISD. Lucie works across ISD’s educational programmes, including Extreme Dialogue, which aims to enhance critical thinking skills and resilience among young people in the UK, Canada, Germany and Hungary via a series of short films and educational resources, Digital Resilience, a pilot project designed to increase the resilience of young people in the Netherlands to hate and intolerance online, and Internet Citizens, a major collaboration with Google and UK Youth targeting disadvantaged and at-risk youth. She is responsible for establishing and developing training, outreach and delivery channels for ISD’s education programmes in the UK and internationally, and has published numerous articles on the subject of education and countering violent extremism for education-focused publications including Parentzone and Education Today. Prior to joining ISD, Lucie completed a Masters in War Studies from King’s College London