From Hate to Hope

“From Hate to Hope: Building Understanding and Resilience” is a trilingual, interactive, non-credit Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed by Project Someone.


The UNESCO Co-Chairs for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism – David Morin, Ghayda Hassan and Vivek Venkatesh.

During this 10 hour online course, participants will:

  • Explore the dynamics of hate including the ways in which people are manipulated to feel and express hate.
  • Gain strategies for building resilience to hate through dialogue.
  • Integrate best practices for using social media for advocacy.
  • Analyze and develop strategies for using social media to build resilience in different sectors.

Hate to Hope will be piloted in May 2020. To register for more information, please contact

Designed with different community stakeholders in mind, this MOOC addresses current issues surrounding hate and radicalization head on. Starting with an exploration of the distinction between hate speech and free speech the content moves on to look at how social media can be used to both traffic and challenge hateful messages. This MOOC is distinguished by its integration of multiple voices and perspectives on these issues. It also addresses hot topics like fake news, filter bubbles and tactics used by hate groups, which are analyzed with examples. More importantly, tangible solutions for prevention, resilience and advocacy, online and offline, are presented as participants are called upon to make a difference in their own sectors. Each module offers a wealth of varied, current and actionable knowledge, exchanges with peers, as well as interactive exercises, some of which are online, using the hashtag #AmalEspoirHope.

The MOOC will contribute to policy and decision-making among public policy officials, community leaders, women rights activists and higher education institutions represented by their Lebanese partner organisations, particularly in helping to create more capable and inclusive institutions.

This project was funded by Global Affairs Canada (2018-2019).


Definitions of Hate 5-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Challenges specific to online hate 12-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Factors that lead to radicalization 5-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Radicalization – push and pull factors 5-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Techniques used by hate groups 5-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Dialogue, resilience and online hate 6-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Perspectives on prevention and resilience 6-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Fake news 2-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC 

Interview with Bassel, journalist and activist. 3-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Interview with Maxime, former extremist. Supplementary 18-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Interview with Mubin, former extremist. Supplementary 13-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Interview with Brad, former extremist. Supplementary 23-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC

Interview with Abood, former refugee. Supplementary 19-minute video from “Hate to Hope” MOOC


Kathryn Urbaniak

Kathryn Urbaniak is Program Manager at Project Someone. She is an experienced learning experience designer and researcher with degrees in Educational technology, Information Technology, and Business.

Manasvini Narayana PhD

Manasvini is a long-time practitioner in the field of education, with a PhD that explores curriculum in Higher Education. Her professional and research interests span educational technology, the links between education and work, and the evolving nature of universities.

Rawda Harb

Rawda Harb is a Ph.D. student working on supporting at-risk youth in Montreal's adult education centers. She is the founder of Communité, an educator at LBPSB and researcher at Project Someone.