Remarks Presented to: Group of Friends of
Preventing Violent Extremism/United Nations
Presented by: Christy Grace Provines on behalf of The ‘MPOWER Project
February 27, 2018
What drives Islamist extremism in the West? What accounts for the so-called Islamic State's ability to recruit from Western democracies? While others have argued that global migration and the refugee crisis are fueling radicalization, Christy Grace Provines from the 'MPOWER Project considers deeper implications and proposes a theory she calls Identity Vulnerability.
The ‘MPOWER Project was invited to participate as expert contributors to the Peace Direct Global Virtual Research Forum on Peacebuilding and Countering Violent Extremism, powered through Convetit. They contributed original research on The ‘MPOWER Project’s theory - Identity Vulnerability - as it relates to understanding the path to radicalization. The research and subsequent highlights from the Forum were included in the final Peace Direct Report, which can be downloaded here.
While ISIS loses territory, many experts argue that the group is building a “virtual caliphate” online. Counterterrorism is now a battle for hearts and minds, rather than a pure military faceoff.
The ‘MPOWER Project participated as expert contributors in an innovative conference on the power of narrative sponsored by the Department of Defense. The conference brought together practitioners from the DoD, NGOs, civil society and academia to discuss how narratives shape the world and how we can contribute to shaping narratives.
The 'MPOWER Project was invited to present at the State Department's research fair, hosted by the Global Engagement Center. Founder, Christy Grace Provines presented on the topic of Taking Back the Narrative: Outbranding Extremism Through Marketing and New Media.
Defenders of the liberal order must develop a toolkit to counter these extremist ideas and emphatically reject the use of violence as a means of political change.
The 'MPOWER Project's Co-Founder, Sara Lind, spoke about the organization at a Panel hosted by Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs on March 4, 2017. The panel, Social Impact Through Entrepreneurship, focused on how new organizational models can promote important social impact goals in a sustainable and scalable way.
The U.N.’s “Global Goals for Sustainable Development” emphasizes the need to use technology to eradicate extreme poverty in the 21st century. Access Now believes that having access to a secure, free, and open internet is critical to meeting these important sustainable development benchmarks.