Article: Why the World’s Mayors Are Stepping Up On Global Issues

Above: Mayors at the launch of Strong Cities Network with Sasha Havlicek at the United Nations in New York 2015 While nation states have dominated the international stage for centuries, cities are now becoming increasingly important entities. For the first time in history, more people are living in cities today than in rural areas with…
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Young Cities prepares for its next Phase of activities

Above: the launch of the Tripoli Youth Office in Lebanon The past two months have been a busy period for the Young Cities team, delivering activities in collaboration with SCN members in Kenya, Lebanon and Senegal. Young Cities is SCN’s flagship youth engagement, capacity-building, advocacy and policy programme that supports the development of local youth-led…
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Practice Spotlight: Interview with Marijeta Mojasevic – Youth Advisor for the Municipality of Berane, Montenegro

Marijeta Mojašević is a Youth Advisor for the Municipality of Berane, a town in the north of Montenegro. Following the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992, the region was rocked by armed conflict throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Montenegro gained independence in 2006, and while the country has remained peaceful, the aftermath of the Balkan…
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Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety

We are delighted to announce the launch of a multi-million Euro fund for civil society organisations from across Europe to aid the Strong City Network’s (SCN) aim to counter hate and extremism, and support local-level innovation to build social cohesion and resilience in our communities. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), where the SCN is…
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SCN Showcase Event in Lebanon

Every year, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) in Lebanon organises a showcasing event during the month of Ramadan. The event is an opportunity for the three Local Prevention Networks (LPN) of Saida, Majdal Anjar and Tripoli to come together and reflect on their Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) work and achievements under the SCN programme…
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Chattanooga Council Against Hate Findings

Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, TN, speaking at State of the City 2018 Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers. Sri Lanka during Easter services. Poway, California at the conclusion of Passover. The recent global surge of hate and extremism, resulting in the killing of scores of religious worshippers during dates of congregation, has had an…
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Practice Spotlight: Day of Religious Pluralism

Pluralism, defined simply as respect for diversity, is an integral concept in peaceful and inclusive societies. How to foster and measure the level of pluralism in a community  however, has often proven difficult. With racially- and religiously-motivated violence making prominent headlines recently – with the New Zealand Mosque attack, Sri Lanka Easter bombings, and San…
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Practice Spotlight: Human libraries – Preventing Violent Extremism through Dialogue

In ‘The Human Library’, people are books. Designed as a way to challenge stereotypes and prejudices, each ‘book’ is an opportunity for people to share their personal stories with the readers to foster discussions on sensitive topics. These books are given categories which often provoke strong reactions, such as ‘Molested’, ‘HIV’, ‘Homeless’, or ‘Refugee,’ which…
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Book Launch – How We Win

We are excited to celebrate the recent launch of ISD’s Head of Strategy, Farah Pandith’s new book, ‘How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat’. As the former first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry at the U.S. Department…
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Two new staff join the Strong Cities team

We are delighted to welcome two new managers to the Strong Cities Network team. Patricia Crosby and Simeon Dukic joined last month and will be leading the SCN’s work in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and the Western Balkans and Central Asia, respectively.  Together they bring a tremendous amount of regional expertise and insight that…
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