Meshkat Community (مجتمع مِشكاة) is an initiative launched by PeaceGeeks in Jordan in 2017 which strengthens community cohesion and constructive dialogue in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region by building the skills, networks, knowledge, and action of citizens. Our mission is to increase creative and peaceful citizen engagement that challenges hate, violence, extremism, and polarization to reduce community vulnerability in the MENA region.
Based in Jordan, Meshkat Community programming includes workshops, incubation programs, collaborative networks, and online engagement for community members — local artists, activists, digital content producers, religious scholars, innovators, women, youth, and more.
Increase Knowledge, Dialogue & Resources
We enable citizens to strengthen local understanding and strategic communications practices that respond to the challenges of hate, violence, polarization, and extremism in their communities.
Empower & Mobilize Content Creation
We amplify access to content that promotes social inclusion and convene content producers to develop innovative content that addresses their communities’ vulnerabilities.
Strengthen Civic Engagement
We cultivate networks to strengthen and sustain collective action on challenging hate, violence, extremism, and polarization.
Digital tools, social media, gaming, bots, videos, and misinformation play an increasingly prominent role in creating and amplifying existing social divisions and inciting violent actions. Despite some creative and effective online counter-messaging efforts by Arab youth and independent content producers, few resources have been dedicated to learn from these efforts or promote more media that curbs harmful narratives. Our goal is to prevent the continued escalation of social divisions and online violence by supporting the effective development and visibility of locally-produced content that strengthens constructive dialogue and creative responses to intolerance and hatred.