Start-up! Activities and Ideas Labs Against Hate Speech

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"Start-up! Activites and Ideas Labs Against Hate Speech" is a national project beginning in October 2014. This project is carried out by the Foundation Humanity in Action Poland in partnership with the Association of Young Journalists “Polis" and in collaboration with the “No Hate Speech” Movement Coalition in Poland. 

“Start-up” is a lab and collaboration space to develop initiatives in the field of human rights and multiculturalism, as well as to face social challenges regarding (non-)compliance with standards in this area, especially concerning hate speech. Responding to local needs and problems, we focus on grassroots initiatives, which are an opportunity to exchange views and ideas with activists from other parts of Poland. By creating their own local chapters of “Start-up”, project participants  have the opportunity to develop their leadership potential and to implement innovative activities based on principles of partnership and collaboration with others.

In the first stage of the project, participants—who represent all 16 administrative regions of Poland—took part in training e-courses and workshops in order to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to act against hate speech. Then, on the basis of these experiences, local leaders collaborated with experts to create concepts of their own “Start-up” ideas and to develop strategies to implement them in their local communities.

In October 2015 authors of the best and most innovative ideas in the fight against hate speech were selected. Since then, “Start-up” leaders have worked to implement their award-winning ideas in their respective regions. In 2016 there will be two regional conferences to conclude the project, during which the “Start-up” leaders will share their experiences and ideas with their peers.

More information on the project and local Start-up activities is available in Polish here or email us here:

The project is implemented, as part of the Citizens for Democracy program, which is funded from the EEA Funds.