In the wake of this latest wave of extremist violence, our Advisory Board member Robert Örell sent us this link to his excellent 2016 TEDx talk. In the talk, he discusses how those recruited into extremist groups are drawn in while seeking community, and how recruiters for these organizations seduce intelligent, idealistic people into leaving the larger community, and bolstered with increasingly polarised thinking, elitism, and a sense of ultimate purpose, are weaponized into deployable agents of terror. Robert leaves us with a sense of hope, however, as he details the efforts of his group, Fryheuset Sweden, and other organizations, as they reach out to these individuals with friendship and compassion, and without judgment. He reminds us that anyone can be drawn into an extremist group – and that all of us can also leave and reclaim our place in the society.
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