Challenging Extremism


Peer to Peer: The Challenging Extremism Global University Competition, where teams develop campaigns to counter online extremism

Dear colleagues:

Apologies for cross-posting the following competition, on behalf of an associate.

The second Peer to Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism global university competition, posted on behalf of EdVenture Partners, may interest you.

Given the popularity and success of 23 global universities in the inaugural competition early this year, EdVenture Partners and the U.S. Department of State are expanding to invite additional institutions for the second term 2015 competition.

A hands on assignment, P2P challenges your student team to develop and implement tactical social media and digital campaigns in the form of an initiative, product or tool to counter the online presence of extremism. Your class receives and uses a $2,000 real budget. Student do the work while earning academic credit in various classes ranging from communications, advertising, marketing and social media, capstone, to international relations, human rights, informatics, security, terrorism and conflict studies and other related disciplines.

The program objectives are to percolate the best possible thinking from young people, testing ideas and real campaigns that will result in effective, culturally significant, and impactful solutions to the growing extremist messaging and recruitment problem.

The Dropbox link below, to paste in your browser, gives you an excellent overview of the P2P initiative, examples of current campaigns that current students developed and live links to their work.

P2P has an international element, where the top domestic and international teams receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to present their campaign and compete for scholarship awards. Student teams and their professors – from Missouri State University, Mount Royal University (Canada) and Curtin University (Australia) — just won an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to present their campaigns on June 4th at the U.S. Department of State.

If you would like to run P2P: Challenging Extremism in your classroom for the fall term, please review the Dropbox information and then contact Tony Sgro via email with a brief introduction about yourself and your class.

Tony Sgro, CEO