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A global culture to fight extremism - Maajid Nawaz

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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.

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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
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