What is it about?
Story2Tell uses the power of human stories to increase awareness among the younger generation of the risks posed by radicalization and extremism. Through capturing and sharing stories of those who left Macedonia to participate in foreign conflicts, highlighting the damaging impact on their families and loved ones, Story2Tell team hopes to debunk violent extremist propaganda by exposing the reality and consequences of decisions based on its false promises. Story2Tell team conducts interviews with returned foreign fighters and their families, and shares them online to build resilience among youth to radicalizing messages that led the story protagonists down the wrong path.
How it all started – Idea pitch
Team Leader Afrodita Musliu is president of “A.C. Nexus – Civil Concept”, Skopje, Macedonia and Team Leader of the Story2Tell project. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Business Administration SLU - Department of Economics from UPPSALA, Sweden. She has 17 years of experience working within civil society in Macedonia. Today, she is running P/CVE projects on research on religious and ethnic issues, especially focused on prevention of radicalism that leads to violent extremism and community resilience projects. She has prepared and conducted interviews addressing the FTFs returnees' stories, as well as accompanying family members of FTFs.
IT and marketing Aleksandar Atanasovski has 10 years’ experience working as a freelancer specializing in Digital Marketing, SEO and Content Creation. He holds Bachelor's in Electro-engineering for Digital Marketing from "St. Kliment Ohridski" University, Bitola - Faculty of Technical Sciences. He is currently working hard to skyrocket his startup "B Solar" and truly be the change we all want to see in the world.
Vasko Shutarov CVE Expert Vasko Shutarov is a researcher on security, religious and ethnic issues, with a focus on religious radicalism, violent extremism and terrorism. Recently, his main interests are preventive strategies regarding CVE in the Western Balkans and Macedonia. He holds a Ph.D in political Science from University of Skopje, on the topic of religion influence in a multi-ethnic society. He has Bachelor’s in political science from University of Skopje, Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh, and he has attended various trainings on security related topics from institutions including the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.