November 16, 2015
Myths, misunderstanding and false information can contribute to a toxic narrative that distorts local realities, feeds bias and hurts the most vulnerable. To fight discrimination and counter the high cost of exclusion, the City of Barcelona developed the BCN "Anti Rumour" campaign, an innovative, multi-pronged strategy that promotes the value of “convivencia”, or living together in diversity and intercultural coexistence. Today this highly successful program is being replicated in over 15 cities across Europe, with strategies ranging from street theatre and pop-up workshops to media campaigns and workplace awareness. What are the essential ingredients of a successful campaign? How do we get the replication ball rolling?
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July 28, 2015
As record numbers of refugees attempt dangerous Mediterranean crossings to escape instability and poverty in parts of Northern Africa and the Middle East, countries in Europe and North America have struggled to craft helpful policy responses –from the role of nations within a global protection system to the mechanics of asylum seeker processing and relocation. To adequately address this crisis and increase refugee acceptance quotas within host countries, public dialogue might examine refugee inclusion as part of realizing a long-term development opportunity as well as fulfilling a humanitarian need. This will require refugee integration policies and programs that recognize refugees’ agency and potential and involve local leaders and community. What do we know about the refugee experience? What can we learn from national responses? What works? What scales? How can good policy catalyze public support?
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