Counterspeech efforts in Germany

Our counterspeech efforts in Germany have reached over 1.75MM people to date. Explore this page to learn about local initiatives, campaigns, resources, and partners in your community.

Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI)

The OCCI has engaged more than 3.5 million people and 100 anti-hate and anti-extremism organizations across Europe.


In Germany, the OCCI has engaged 31 local organizations through initiatives like the OCCI Counterspeech Lab.

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Kein Grund, Rassist zu werden

Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany

Fighting racism through memes

This campaign used memes to show why blaming your problems on others is ineffective and unwarranted, and ultimately, why you shouldn’t be racist. It was created as part of OCCI's Counterspeech Lab, which pulled together likeminded NGOs to collaborate on new counterspeech campaigns.

Want to learn more? Check out Kein Grund's Facebook page.

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237K+

people reached

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P2P: Facebook Global Digital Challenge

P2P has reached more than 200 million people through campaigns run by 6,500 students from 375 universities in 75 countries.


The following universities and organizations in Germany have participated in the program: BAU International University and HNE Eberswalde University, Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, University of Cologne, and University of Jena.

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Don’t Be Silent, Design Akademie Berlin SRH University of Communication and Design

Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany

Be the voice against hate

With over one million newcomers, Germany has welcomed more refugees than any other country in the EU, and with this influx has had to contend with rising levels of hate speech. The Don’t Be Silent campaign encourages people to take action against hate-speech. The campaign utilizes a design-driven approach to implement both online and offline tactics. The team used Facebook and Instagram to deliver daily counterspeech tips and insightful memes, and partnered with refugee cultural associations, as well as Germany’s largest anti-hate organization - Amadeu Antonio Stiftung.

Want to learn more? Check out the Don’t Stop Berlin Facebook page.

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35K+

People reached

1st Place

Facebook Global Digital Challenge

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Picture4Peace, Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences

Weingarten, Germany
Weingarten, Germany

Preventing extremism through education

This campaign used education to raise awareness of the dangers of extremism amongst teenagers. It also incorporated Picture4Peace, a challenge that encouraged students to create positive and artistic responses to extremism.

Want to learn more? Check out the Picture4Peace Facebook page.

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75K+

People reached

500+

Students taught

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HeimaTunes, University for Sustainable Development

Eberswalde, Germany
Eberswalde, Germany

Creating connections through music

Focused on the integration of refugees while countering anti-immigrant extremism, HeimaTunes used intercultural exchanges of music to create a collective feeling of heimat (homeland) for refugees new to Germany.

430K+

People reached

75

Countries engaged

Resources

  • OCCI Information Pack on Counterspeech Engagement

    This information pack aims to give beginning steps and practical advice for NGOs and civil society activists who are looking to challenge and counter hate speech and extremism online.

  • OCCI Information Pack on Counterspeech Labs

    The Information Guide on Counterspeech Labs aims to explain the methodology and structure of the OCCI Counterspeech Labs. The guide contains condensed information and content from the YouthCAN Innovation Lab Report (2016), a document produced and published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

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