What participants of our lectures have said:
“I will remember the concrete tips for how we can respond to trolls and boring comments with facts and love. And to back up each other! To take a stand instead of cowardly refrain from writing about things that are important just because I think it will be a bit controversial. I got a good reminder of that. Thanks for a great training!”
– employee of the Church of Sweden
We have educational programs with lectures and workshops on strategies to combat propaganda, discrimination, hate speech and threats online coming up. Our resilience-building events provide the participants with tools and a deeper understanding of how democracy and human rights can be strengthened using our methods.
We strive to stop the hate, to support the targeted and to empower people to take a stand when they face hatred, threats and harassment. We have therefore been happy to see research supporting that the method actually works.
Links to all research studies will be given as soon as they are published.
In Germany, researchers have looked at the German #iamhere to see if and how the group changes comment fields for the better. They have studied the comment fields before the group has taken action and seen that not only members but also non-members change the tone and start using arguments instead of hate after we interacted in the comments field.
Support The Targeted
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have conducted a study that looks at how #iamhere support the victims of hate and threats. Very often, we get feedback on how important our work is to them. Politicians, journalists, artists and opinion leaders often say that they would self-censor themselves if it were not for the network. Researchers at the Department of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg wanted to look into this more to see how it works.
The Strength Of Many
The most common thing we hear from the members is that they become more courageous, not only online but also in real life from being members of the group. In 2019, a Dangerous Speech Project research team in the United States launched a research project to see if it is a feeling shared by many members and how it works.