Overview

We've joined forces with YouTube’s Creators for Change to tackle online extremism by training influential video creators in the region. Through this dynamic, global initiative, some of Asia's most popular YouTube creators will identify new ways to tackle extremist ideologies through messaging on their widely-watched videos. As the first partnership between UNDP and YouTube, this represents another marked effort to tackle the region’s biggest development issues by exploring emerging alternative solutions. The project is co-funded by the European Union.

Extremism online in Asia

While it has brought about numerous positive changes worldwide, in recent years the internet has also become a key platform for extremists to spread their ideologies. Extremist organisations have proven adept at using social media to expand their following, increase their presence, and create knowledge for potential terrorists.

Merely responding to the influence of extremists online falls short of addressing real issues ordinary people face in their lives. Spaces such as YouTube can offer powerful narratives and information to not only counter extremist content, but to create new ideas and solutions to the on-the-ground challenges confronting societies today, from hate-speech and xenophobia, to discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexuality, or socio-economic background.

Creators for Change Summit

The 16 November is International Day of Tolerance and the day of the Creators for Change regional summit in Bangkok! Our 2018 Fellows, YouTube Ambassadors, government ministers and MPs, local and national NGOs, and experts in the field of preventing violent extremism came together for a day of learning and celebration. Read the full press release here

Summit Photo Album

Check out our photo album of speakers, creators, and special guests who made an appearance in our jam-packed summit agenda. Click here to view

Meet our 2018 Fellows!

Indonesia

KokBisa, a science-focused, animation channel with 1 million subscribers, worked together with the fact-checking anti-defamation NGO Masyarakat Anti Fitnah Indonesia (Mafindo) to create a video educating teenagers about fake news and conspiracy theories. Watch the video here

Achmad Takbiriyantoro from inimasabi, a travel vlog channel with over 16k subscribers, worked on countering extremism with the Maarif Institute for Culture and Humanity – an organisation promoting interreligious dialogue and cooperation. The video encourages video as a way to connect disparate communities, promote cultural understanding, and prevent the spread of extremism. Watch it here

Fergie JNX, a comedy animation channel with over 500k subscribers, focused on tackling hate speech by working with Sabang Merauke, an inter-regional student exchange program in Indonesia which aims to instil a spirit of tolerance in youth. The video promotes diversity and dialogue. Watch it here

Crowdfunding channel Kitabisa has over 59k subscribers. Together with the Wahid Foundation, an organisation that facilitates dialogue and the building of understanding between Muslims and other religions and cultures, Kitabisa's video prompts conversations around the assumptions we might make about individuals through appearances. Watch it here

Animation channel Ayo Mikir has over 58k subscribers and has proposed a collaboration with the Wahid Foundation, along with SabangMerauke. Their video project explored tolerance and diversity in everyday life, with a workshop held in Jakarta for young people hear from experts about how they can counter hate speech. Watch it here

Malaysia

Vikarworld created a video to help their 70k subscribers understand why people turn to terrorism, in partnership with the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter Terrorism (SEARCCT). Through composing a rap song and music video, the project contrast the views of an ordinary civilian and those of a terrorist to explore why people might commit violent acts. Watch it here

Thailand

Lifestyle channel Namsai Petite Engineer by Tharisala Buddhakhuncharoen has over 72k subscribers and worked with Save the Children. Her video focuses on young women and girls from different parts of Thailand who struggle to achieve with their dreams because of how they are perceived. Watch it here

Together with the Association of Children and Youths for Peace in the Southern Border (Luukriang), Abdulhafis Maeyoh from channel MUSLIMITED creates awareness of social bias and the stereotyping of youths from the Southern border provinces. Through a short scripted film reaching 86k subscribers, the project hopes to change public perception of youth and shine a spotlight on how various youth groups are working for social good. Watch it here

The Philippines

Crisha Uy vlogs about beauty, food, and lifestyle on her channel with 222k subscribers. She partnered with the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement to explore how language affects our perception of communities. She hopes to create awareness of different accents and languages in the Philippines, focusing on geographic areas with rich linguistic diversity. Her vlog explores the negative judgements people make as a result of linguistic differences. Watch it here

Adi Amor focused on first-person storytelling on her fashion and lifestyle channel. Her videos have so far amassed over 250k views and she hopes to work together with AIESEC, a non-profit, youth-led organisation that provides young people with leadership training. Her video series focuses on cyber-bullying, telling both sides of the story to promote understanding. Watch it here

Drei Roxas collaborated with both the Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association, Inc. and Teach Peace Build Peace Movement to begin a campaign against hate speech and bullying. The #SparkChange campaign hopes to show that people can make a positive impact in their communities by looking inward. Watch her video here

In an age of instant gratification, there's still time for impactful storytelling

Young, tech savvy influencers want to make a positive difference to the online space. With over half of millennial subscribers claiming a YouTuber changed their life and with 70 per cent believing that YouTubers influence popular culture, Creators for Change is an exciting opportunity to instigate global social change and promote positive, empathetic voices on the internet. Read our blog

Asia Pacific YouTube Fellows' Playlist

Click here to watch the final videos

Creators for Change Ambassadors

Hand-picked by YouTube, the Creators for Change Ambassadors are supporting both the national bootcamps and training Fellows throughout the Academy Programme. Find out more about them via their channels:

Gita Savitri Devi
Duo Hartabah
Cameo Project
Janina Vela
Film Maker Muslim
Picnicly
BENI - Nadir Nahdi
The Ming Thing

Photo Galleries

Click here for the Philippines bootcamp
Click here for the Thailand bootcamp
Click here for the Indonesia bootcamp
Click here for the Malaysia bootcamp

Related Projects

#ExtremeLives seeks to uncover the human impact of extremism through live video storytelling. More

N-Peace is a UNDP flagship initiative recognising the powerful stories of peace-builders and activists in the region who embody the WPS agenda. More

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