We are joined today by Bjorn Ihler , who is a peace activist, writer and filmmaker working against dogmatism, particularly in the forms of racism, hatred and violent extremism. His work is greatly founded on his experiences as a survivor of the attack on Utøya island in Norway in 2011. He’s written numerous articles for national and international newspapers and has been an inspiration to many activists through participation in conferences and organisations such as the Oslo Freedom Forum, Against Violent Extremism and the Forgiveness Project. Bjorn has a degree in Theatre and Performance Design and Technology from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Art In 2013, he collaborated in the writing of the play ‘The Events’ by David Greig, an account of a survivor resembling the Utoya attack and he’s is currently producing the film ‘Rough Cut – Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’. Bjorn recounts the events of July 22nd 2011 and its repercussions. We discuss the roots of extremism, how education can play a key role in terms of addressing the problem, especially critical thinking and how all this might relate to the the Middle Way.
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