I was fortunate enough to attend a conference yesterday as part of our Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project in Modena (Italy) along with around 150 young people and professionals to hear about the latest state of the art in the prevention of radicalisation of young people in Europe. With around 2/3rds of the audience being under 25, the conference had a feel of being driven by the young people who are the beneficiaries of the project. Speakers from across Europe delivered presentations in Italian and English about the latest work in the field.
Discussions looked at the application of the Good Lives Model (GLM) and Positive Psycologies (PP). Dr. Sinclair Coward of Bucks New University gave a very interesting talk about the differences between PP, GLM and other models such as Maslov's hierarchy of needs to help everyone understand the thinking behind the project in more detail. This fitted well with the outputs from the first Work Plan which were presented by our own Theo Gavrielides and out partner Anziani's Manuela Tagliani who gave a flavour of the research that has just been published by the partnership. The research outputs are available for download from yeip.org and I would encourage everyone to download them and have a look. The research is presented in 6 European languages with translations into English of the overall summary documents. It's clearly a useful resource already, I was talking over lunch to a masters student from Leiden University (Facility of Law) who was telling me the YEIP books had saved her days of work already. Iman Haji from Khulisa gave us a few minutes about how Khulisa is already using GLM methodology in it's work to help prevent radicalisation in young offenders institutions in the UK. Iman argued that by setting positive goals in life, young people are less likely to become radicalised than if these goals are missing. Indeed in Italy Judge Giovanna Giovetti told us about how the children of mafia families were frequently seen in court following in the family business. She argued that by taking early action and early intervention, the most effective outcomes for these children can be achieved. This was supported by Luca Guglielminetti of RAN who was clear that early intervention and alternate goals was where success was clear. Knowledge is a key to preventing radicalisation was the root of the argument put forward by Chaimaa Fatihi, a young Muslim representing an organisation called GMI. In general it was clear by the end of the day, that there was a considerable amount of evidence, that was still building, to support the YEIP argument that a GLM approach is the way to prevent radicalisation in young people.
For more about our YEIP project, take a look at yeip.org and to download the free resources click: http://yeip.org/awareness-raising-material/yeip-ebooks/