Why do transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movements have a harder time taking hold? Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist extremist, asks for new grassroots stories and global social activism to spread democracy in the face of nationalism and xenophobia in this powerful Talk from TEDGlobal 2011.
Learn more about Khudi, the grassroots movement Nawaz started in Pakistan: http://www.khudipakistan.com/. What messages is Khudi trying to spread, and how are Nawaz and his colleagues doing this?
Nawaz says that social movements are fueled by ideas, stories, symbols, and leaders. Research a modern-day social movement and identify its ideas, stories, symbols, and leaders. Do the same for the opposing movement/view, if one exists. Create an infographic that provides an overview of each.
Quilliam Foundation http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/
BBC Newsnight: Former fundamentalist advocates peace in Pakistan (06/24/2009) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/8116779.stm
TED: Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/naif_al_mutawa_superheroes_inspired_by_islam.html