Digital Me falls within the broader european project of Practicies: Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in Cities, which mobilises networks of European cities, experts from the fields of humanities, political science, information technology, stakeholders and representatives of civil society with the objectives to better understand the “human roots of radicalisation” and to characterize them from the origins in order to create concrete prevention tools and practices.
Practicies is funded by the European Union's Horizon H2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°740072.
Digital Storytelling is a creative process through which people tell a personal story as a two-three minute film, using still images and a voice over. Digital Storytelling can enhance social inclusion and active citizenship and responds to crucial training needs that emerge among young people, such as intercultural and cross-cultural skills, critical thinking, collaborative and project-based learning, creativity and digital literacy.
For the purpose of Practicies (Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in Cities), Digital Storytelling shows itself a useful tool for primary prevention against radicalisation, as it promotes social inclusion and active citizenship.
Maks vzw assists residents of Brussels – in particular of Kuregem and Oud-Molenbeek – to find and develop their talents and competences. Within our different services, we offer innovative methods and instruments, always with a focus on digital knowledge.
Maks vzw specialized in Digital Storytelling linked to radicalisation in 2016. After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, the solidarity slogan ‘Je suis Charlie’ conquered the world. Many youngsters at risk in Kuregem and Molenbeek felt targeted and misunderstood. From this need to be heard, the project ‘Ik ben Ahmed, Leonie, Charlie, of net niet…’ was born. During the facilitation of this project, Digital Storytelling appeared to be an interesting pathway to develop discussions and express points of view about radicalisation.