Lukas Works at PDCS since August 2016 as a program coordinator on programs focused on prevention of radicalisation and polarisation of the society (European Netwrok for Nonviolence and Dialogue, Project Grey, CEE prevent Net). From 2011 to 2016 he worked as program coordinator for People in Peril Association on projects focused on food security and rational utilisation of natural resources in Kenya and South Sudan. He studied Ecology and Geography with focus on environmental education during his magisterial studies and landscape ecology during his PhD. Studies. He taught environmental ethics and global ecology. He is also a co-founder of a local NGO Pangaea that Works on nature protection issues in the White Carpathian Mountains region and environmental education.
Project Grey aims to oppose online and offline polarization by amplifying the opinions of the “grey middle”. Campaigners, data analysts, and social workers join forces to combat polarization and the processes of radicalization that stem from it.
Although the group of people with extreme opinions is often relatively small, it makes the most noise on social media. This strongly reduces the space for a wide palette of more nuanced opinions, also described as the “grey middle”. Project Grey emphasizes these opinions of the silent majority that risk getting lost in the ruckus. The campaign is launched from an innovative online tool and dashboard that help us to gain insight regarding the subjects people have heated discussions on, and where the first signs of polarization can be discerned.
Social workers and youth workers are also involved in Project Grey. They are trained to recognize (online) polarization and to handle it proactively and reactively, both within their neighborhoods and online, for example, by organizing dialogue meetings. Become a part of Project Grey.
Project Grey uses technology that is based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The algorithms used within this project search autonomously for patterns in the data. More information can be found here. They help us to gain insight regarding which subjects people discuss on social media and where signs of polarization can be discerned.
Analytical Online tool for social workers and youth workers
International Conference DEPOLARISATION: ROAD TO DEEPER TRUST, planned for October 1-2. 2020 in Bratislava, Slovakia
45 social and youth workers trained in Slovakia (3 trainings), 6 trainings in the Netherlands, and 1 training in Belgium
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