project goals for the future

1. Employ a full-time staff: The De-Otherize Dialogue Project is currently headed by volunteers and is seeking funding to hire a full time staff to scale up local and global events. The vision for the De-Otherize staff is a team of intersectional and interfaith young adults based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan with affiliates based in the United States and Istanbul. Currently we are seeking funding for these positions:

    • Project Director | Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

    • Project Director | U.S.A.

    • Project Director | Istanbul

    • Financial and Funding Director

    • Media Director (remote)


2. Storytelling & Media Campaigns: Often journalists and non-profit organizations benefit from refugees sharing their stories while refugees themselves are not compensated for their time and energy. The De-Otherize team wants to create a Storytelling Fund to pay people directly to share their stories through poetry, art, videos and interviews. We would also like to create a series of short videos that encapsulate the true personalities, visions and dreams of displaced people.


4. Global Dialogue Sessions: Currently the De-Otherizing Dialogue Project runs virtual dialogue sessions that connect American audiences with Middle Eastern youth via video chat. Through this platform we have open and honest dialogue, share poetry and stories and get to know the “other” through conversation. We would like to scale these sessions up by expanding our technological capacity to do live streaming events with wifi hot-spots, video equipment and installations in many cities across the world. 


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