Alternative Narratives against hate and extremism: From awareness to education, from communication to activism

May 9, 2022Events, News

On Wednesday 11th May, the Final Conference of COMMIT – Communication Campaigns Against Extremism and Radicalisation project will be held in Palermo, at the Sala delle Capriate of the monumental complex Chiaromonte – Steri, seat of the Rectorate of the University of Palermo.

The conference, entitled “Alternative Narratives against hate and extremism From awareness to education, from communication to activism” will be the occasion to present the results of the project and to review more than two years of work promoted by the Centre for Creative Development Danilo Dolci, the University of Palermo and the European partners of the project, in order to prevent violent extremism and radicalisation through capacity building activities with university students, representatives of civil society organisations and young people, and through the co-creation and diffusion of alternative narratives with the COMMIT communication campaign.

During the first part of the conference, we will have the honour to host Prof. Derrick de Kerckhove (The McLuhan Foundation).

In the second part, we will hold a panel discussion with project partners, some participants and external experts working in the project, to talk about online hate speech, how to monitor it, how to deal with it and how to combat it, through an online awareness campaign, created by young people for young people.

The conference will be in English. Follow the event in live streaming on May 11th from 9:30 am here:

Alternative Narratives against hate and extremism: From awareness to education, from communication to activism


9.30 Greetings from the authorities

  • Massimo Midiri, Rector of the University of Palermo
  • Michele Cometa, Dean of the Department “Culture e Società”
  • Dario Mangano, President of the Communication Science Degrees
  • Amico Dolci, President of “Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci”

10.00 – 10.30 Presentation of the Project COMMIT

  • Gianna Cappello, UNIPA
  • Antonella Alessi, CSC

10.30 – 11.00 All news is fake news: the contemporary epistemological crisis and extremism

  • Derrick de Kerckhove, The McLuhan Foundation

11.00 – 11.30 coffee break

11.30 – 13.30 Round table – The COMMIT project: experiences from 2 years of commitment against hate

Chair: Antonella Alessi

  • Quantifying the prevalent hate speech trends through social media monitoring and Artificial Intelligence – Olivier Cauberghs, Textgain, Belgium
  • The COMMIT campaigns approach – George Weiss, Sophie Aandewiel, Radio La Benevolencjia, the Netherlands
  • Criteria for answering hate speech online – Robert Örell, Transform, Sweden, online
  • How to manage a communication campaign on social media: tips and lesson learned – Felix Hafner, dieBerater, Austria
  • Experience from UNIPA students in the campaigns’ co-creation – Giorgia Costanzo, UNIPA, Italy
  • The COMMIT Intervention support line: challenges and opportunities – Nikos Kostis, KMOP, Greece
  • What’s next? The COMMIT Declaration for the creation of local and international networks – Antonella Alessi, CSC, Italy

Download the programme in pdf

COMMIT – COMMunIcation campaign against exTremism and radicalisation
is a European project funded by the European Commission under the Internal Security Fund – Civil Society Empowering Programme, coordinated by Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci, in cooperation with the University of Palermo and other 4 organisations in Europe. COMMIT aims at to prevent and dissuade susceptible & vulnerable audience from extremism, radicalism & terrorism through the development of communication campaigns on social media.


Visit our Facebook pages COMMIT Italy and COMMIT Europe, and our Instagram pages commit.italy and commit_europe to discover content in Italian and English.

Per more information visit the website or contact Antonella Alessi: