Ok, you have the passion to do something about hate speech and you’re determined to create a killer piece of content. Great! Before you get going, the first step is to start with the “why”. This means you must identify the problem or issue you want to address and ask why it exists.
Think about problems you see in your own community, or discrimination you have experienced or witnessed in the past. Are you interested in sharing a positive story about immigrants in Australia? About LGBTI inclusion?
You may be tempted to jump ahead to a solution, but to make sure you’re developing the right solution, take a step back and consider the problem first:
1 – Do some research
Research will help you better understand the issues and current debates. This can be done online or by speaking with experts and community members.
For more information on some key issues take a look at the below:
Racism and Discrimination – All Together Now
Violent Extremism – People Against Violent Extremism
Migration and Immigration – Welcome to Australia
Human Rights in Australia – Australian Human Rights Commission
2. Put yourself in the hater’s shoes
Try to understand their experiences and opinions. Why might they think the way they do?
3. Ask the 5 Ws:
- What is the problem?
- Who does the problem affect?
- When does it happen?
- Where does it occur?
- Why does the problem happen?