World Organization for Resource Development and Education

World Organization for Resource Development and Education Enhancing communication and understanding between communities to mitigate social and political conflict.
The World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) is a nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to enhance communication and understanding between communities to mitigate social and political conflict.
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The World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) is a nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to enhance communication and understanding between communities to mitigate social and political conflict. WORDE shapes public policy by cultivating a better understanding of ideologies that promote pluralism and service to humanity – while exposing the roots of extremism that disrupt the peaceful coexistence of societies everywhere. Our specialists are academics, theologians, development experts, and policy analysts who develop effective, long-term solutions in the key areas of educational reform, resource development and international security. Many of them serve as advisors to various US government agencies as well as international organizations and governments around the world. Across the world, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, WORDE is actively engaged with civil society networks to strengthen their communities against the rising threat of violent extremism. We believe the US government and nonprofit sector should establish robust relationships with religious and cultural leaders who adamantly reject the radical ideologies of terrorists and could serve as a bulwark against militants. Our strategy includes investing in human capital, facilitating linkages with local and international public policymakers, and establishing international networks of scholars, cultural groups, and thought leaders that empower one another to generate positive change.

Mission: Like us on Facebook and follow our latest information about our programs and join an online social movement to enhance communication and understanding between communities to mitigate social and political conflict!

This Giving Tuesday, consider donating to WORDE and help us empower communities in their efforts to foster social cohesi...
11/28/2017

This Giving Tuesday, consider donating to WORDE and help us empower communities in their efforts to foster social cohesion and promote public safety!

http://www.worde.org/support-us/

WORDE's Mehreen Farooq is in Macedonia this week leading interactive workshops with civil society activists interested i...
11/14/2017

WORDE's Mehreen Farooq is in Macedonia this week leading interactive workshops with civil society activists interested in expanding their violence prevention programs to promoted social cohesion and prevent radicalization.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to the grieving community in Sutherland Springs, TX. This senseless loss of life a...
11/06/2017

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to the grieving community in Sutherland Springs, TX. This senseless loss of life and other recent violent events over the past six weeks in a concert at Las Vegas, a Walmart in Colorado, a church in Nashville, and a bike path in New York – reflect the urgency of coming together as a nation to address the underlying factors that influence radicalization to violence. #TexasChurchMassacre

Wethos interviewed Mehreen Farooq and Nouf Bazaz on International Peace Day about their expeirences working at WORDE: Q:...
09/22/2017
#PeaceDay with the Women of WORDE! – Wethos – Medium

Wethos interviewed Mehreen Farooq and Nouf Bazaz on International Peace Day about their expeirences working at WORDE:

Q: "What are some of the biggest obstacles nonprofits like WORDE face and how do you navigate around these problems?"

A: Given the broad nature of the field of violence prevention and peacebuilding, it can sometimes be a challenge for a small non-profit to stay mission focused. WORDE’s historical focus has been on research, analysis and advocacy. After studying several international models for violence prevention, however, we wanted to pilot and test a program in the US. In 2011, WORDE established the International Cultural Center (ICC) in Montgomery County, MD to become an innovation lab where we could promote social cohesion by bringing together various faith and ethnic communities together and develop the first community-led program in the US to build resilience
against violent extremism...After several successful years of programing in partnership with over 300 organizations, local county government agencies, and the Montgomery County Police Department, we are finally shifting gears now to train others on how to develop their own community-based counter extremism initiatives. It was a difficult decision to transition from doing direct community building work, but we decided it was important to stay true to our core mission and to train others so that our work would become sustained through others.

https://medium.com/@wethosco/peaceday-with-the-women-of-worde-ad5740b825e2

Wethos sat down with the Maryland-based nonprofit & learned how their org mitigates conflict & advances peace across communities. Also…

On September 7, 2017, WORDE hosted a private luncheon to present findings of its latest report on Egypt. “Empowering Egy...
09/13/2017
Egypt: Prospects & Challenges in the Fight against Radical Islamism | WORDE

On September 7, 2017, WORDE hosted a private luncheon to present findings of its latest report on Egypt. “Empowering Egypt to Defeat Radical Islamism” provides an extensive overview of Egypt’s religious landscape and explores normative religious networks’ efforts to push back against ISIS – from publishing digital magazines, to setting up anti-extremist kiosks in Cairo’s metro. The authors acknowledge that these pilot projects will require strengthening, and suggest that the U.S. can do more to empower scholars in the soft-power fight. Considering the intellectual nexus between radical Islamist thought and the support for terrorism, the authors suggest the U.S. government should limit engagement of Islamists in exchange for empowering religious actors who share our values on important issues like religious freedom, freedom of association, and nonviolent solutions to social change.

On September 7, 2017, WORDE hosted a private luncheon to present findings of “Empowering Egypt to Defeat Radical Islamism,” an in-depth study, exploring the current realities of religious networks in Egypt and their ability to counter extremist ideologies in a way that has global impact.

We are deeply saddened by the senseless violence that has resulted in deaths of youth in our area. Our thoughts and pray...
06/19/2017

We are deeply saddened by the senseless violence that has resulted in deaths of youth in our area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the losses of Nabra Hassanen this past weekend, and Artem S. Ziberov, and Shadi Adi Najjar earlier this month. Our ICC Crossroads LCSW-C is available for students and families who may need support at this time: [email protected]

We are deeply saddened by the senseless violence that has resulted in deaths of youth in our area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the losses of Nabra Hassanen this past weekend, and Artem S. Ziberov, and Shadi Adi Najjar earlier this month. Our ICC Crossroads LCSW-C is available for students and families who may need support at this time: [email protected]

WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz will be participating in the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference in Milwaukee, WI t...
06/15/2017

WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz will be participating in the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference in Milwaukee, WI today to accept the Generations United Intergenerational Innovation Award on behalf of the Courageous Conversations program she has been implementing with our partners at the Asbury retired community. In addition to receiving this prestigious honor, she will be co-leading a presentation titled, Intergenerational Strategies in Diverse Ethnic Communities. Congrats Nouf!!

Also...check out the program on NPR: http://interfaithradio.org/admin/Storiesfiles/downloadmp3.php?file=58557eb082b68STORY2_1651_RegistryAndInternment.mp3

The National Academies of Sciences recently published the proceedings of a workshop, “Countering Violent Extremism Throu...
06/15/2017
New National Academy of Sciences Publications Highlight’s WORDE’s BRAVE Model | WORDE

The National Academies of Sciences recently published the proceedings of a workshop, “Countering Violent Extremism Through Public Health Practice” in which WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq presented on WORDE’s Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) Model.

BRAVE (formerly known as the Montgomery County Model) takes a public health, tired approach to prevention. At the primary level of prevention, we seek to inform the public about a broad range of violent extremist threats, including the threat from nationalist groups, anti-state sovereign citizens, ISIS and Al-Qaeda inspired groups, and issue-based extremists that justify violence to achieve social, political or economic change. At the secondary level, we create community resilience against radicalization – working with communities to develop programs that foster social cohesion and pluralism...

The National Academies of Sciences published the proceedings of a workshop, “Countering Violent Extremism Through Public Health Practice” on February 17, 2017 in which WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq presented on WORDE’s Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) Model.

WORDE Recent & Upcoming Events
05/02/2017
WORDE Recent & Upcoming Events

WORDE Recent & Upcoming Events

The Washington Institute released a new bipartisan report on defeating ideologically inspired violent extremism citing WORDE's community-led...

WORDE Recent & Upcoming Events
04/05/2017
WORDE Recent & Upcoming Events

WORDE Recent & Upcoming Events

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03/15/2017
www.washingtoninstitute.org

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy just released a new bipartisan report on defeating ideologically inspired violent extremism citing WORDE's community-led efforts as the most developed "whole of society approach." Having established the model in Montgomery County, our partners at The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security(CHHS) will further institutionalize the program in the national capital region and work to replicate the BRAVE framework across the US.

http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/uploads/Documents/pubs/Transition2017-CVE-6.pdf

http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/uploads/Documents/pubs/Transition2017-CVE-6.pdf

Our first Halaqa of 2017 just began. This month's topic is on The Abode of Islam and the Abode of War in Islamic Law (Da...
02/27/2017

Our first Halaqa of 2017 just began. This month's topic is on The Abode of Islam and the Abode of War in Islamic Law (Dar al-Islam/Dar al-Harb). We will be live streaming in a minute!

12/22/2016
Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division | WORDE

#HateCrimes on the rise?

On November 14, the FBI released its Hate Crimes Statistics for 2015. These annually compiled statistics showed a six percent rise in hate crimes overall. Religion-based hate crimes rose 13 percent, including a 67 percent rise in anti-Muslim crimes and a 9 percent rise in anti-Jewish crime. 2015 marked the first year that anti-Sikh and anti-Hindu crimes were compiled. These yielded lower numbers than anecdotal evidence would suggest, but that is likely to change as law enforcement agencies around the country receive training on the new data categories.

Read about this and more in the DOJ's latest Religious Freedom in Focus publication: http://www.worde.org/programs/1013-2/department-of-justice-civil-rights-division/

WORDE is member of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Interagency Group which includes government representatives from the Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Transportation Security Administration, State Depart...

12/09/2016
sites.duke.edu

New study released indicates, among other interesting findings, that US Attorney's offices around the US, which are tasked to do community outreach to build community resilience against violent extremism, tend to only focus on violent extremism from a single-issue lens. Given the ongoing concerns of white nationalist movements, sovereign citizens, and other issues based terrorism (e.g. eco-terrorism) the report indicates that this outreach strategy may be missing the mark.

https://sites.duke.edu/tcths/files/2016/12/USAOCounteringExtremismReport.pdf

This #GivingTuesday consider donating generously to support our efforts to strengthen local efforts to promote strong, r...
11/29/2016
Support Us | WORDE

This #GivingTuesday consider donating generously to support our efforts to strengthen local efforts to promote strong, resilient communities.

http://www.worde.org/support-us/

The World Organization for Resource Development and Education [WORDE] is a nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to enhance communication and understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities and to strengthen moderate Muslim institutions worldwide to mitigate social and politic...

Reviving Normative Islamic Principles as a Foundation for Peace
10/31/2016

Reviving Normative Islamic Principles as a Foundation for Peace

Thank you to our colleagues at the United States Institute of Peace for hosting a thought-provoking roundtable for our d...
10/31/2016

Thank you to our colleagues at the United States Institute of Peace for hosting a thought-provoking roundtable for our distinguished guests Dr. Muhammad Mahanna and Dr. Ibrahim Negm, representing Al Azhar University, Cairo - Egypt and Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta . The forum brought together about 30 policy analysts to discuss the importance of engaging religious leaders for peacebuilding and countering violent extremism.With Muhammad Fraser Rahim Tarek Elgawhary Mehreen Farooq . (Photos by United States Institute of Peace)

.WORDE invites #egypt religious scholars to meet policy makers/analysts collaborating on #CVE  Al-Azhar University Egypt...
10/27/2016

.WORDE invites #egypt religious scholars to meet policy makers/analysts collaborating on #CVE Al-Azhar University Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta

Hearty congratulations to a former WORDE intern, Seher Vora who will be attending the Fletcher School at Tufts Universit...
08/31/2016

Hearty congratulations to a former WORDE intern, Seher Vora who will be attending the Fletcher School at Tufts University, as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate! Thanks again for all your assistance with our Afghanistan project! We are looking forward to hearing more about your future successes!

The U.S. Department of Justice issues a new report, "Combating Religious Discrimination Today," and other updates are in...
08/08/2016
Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division | WORDE

The U.S. Department of Justice issues a new report, "Combating Religious Discrimination Today," and other updates are in this month's Religious Freedom in Focus Newsletter which you can access on WORDE's website: http://www.worde.org/programs/1013-2/department-of-justice-civil-rights-division/

WORDE is member of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Interagency Group which includes government representatives from the Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Transportation Security Administration, State Depart...

The Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF) will be hosting a great panel tomorrow morning on Improving Muslim a...
07/20/2016
Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum: Opportunities for Improving Muslim and Non-Muslim...

The Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF) will be hosting a great panel tomorrow morning on Improving Muslim and Non-Muslim Relations in the US and Abroad -- featuring George Selim (CVE Task Force - United States Department of Homeland Security); Waidehi Gokhale (CEO of Soliya); and our own Mehreen Farooq (Senior Fellow at the World Organization for Resource Development and Education)!

Please join us at 9:30am at the SAIS Kennedy Auditorium! RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conflict-prevention-and-resolution-forum-opportunities-for-improving-muslim-and-non-muslim-tickets-26642561619

Opportunities for Improving Muslim and Non-Muslim Relations in the US and Abroad Thursday, July 21st, 2016 9-30 am to 11:00 am John Hopkins University, SAIS Kenney Auditorium 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington D.C. 20036 Description: Violent attacks from Boston to Baghdad and escalating politi...

06/21/2016

Great Q&A session:

Senator Booker: what can we do to counter the ISIS threat in the homeland?

Tarek Elgawhary: @wordeorg BRAVE model is working and I’d like to see us train other counties and cities overseas in developing a similar comprehensive public-private partnership to build community resilience against violebt extremism.

Senator Booker: that’s a proactive syrategy that will save us money in the long term, compared to the cost of responding to acts of terrorism.

06/21/2016

CVE recs bases on WORDE best practices: help new immigrants in US, prevent bullying & offer wksps to counter ext narratives Tarek Elgawhary

06/21/2016

ISIS is using Islam completely incorrectly. Forced conversions are prohibited but even if one were to convert on their own volition u would never take them to the court to swear on a Quran like they have done with the Yazidis. They are misappropriating Islamic terms to justify their violence and at the core of the problem is takfiri ideology that foments intolerance and hatred @tarekelgawhary

06/21/2016

#HearingOnISISideology panelists disc. Factors to join, ideology & ISIS brutality tow. anyone including Muslims that are deemed infidels

06/21/2016

ISIS is no more Islamic than a pool with a lemon squeezed in it is called lemonade [email protected]

06/21/2016

How do we link divine text to current context? This requires scholarship and interpretive reasoning. ISIS completely lacks this Tarek Elgawhary

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In 2011 WORDE established the International Cultural Center (ICC), America’s first private recreation facility designed specifically to prevent the radicalization of socially alienated Muslim youth. The ICC engages families in interfaith social action and community building initiatives as well as educational seminars on topics such as countering extremism, preventing domestic violence, and the effects of 9-11 on youth. In addition to our domestic programs, we have initiatives across the world, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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