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Christian Picciolini

Founder, Goldmill Group; Author, White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement — and How I Got Out

Christian Picciolini rebuilt his life after he left the white-supremacist skinhead movement he helped build in America during the 1980s and 90s. He earned a degree in international relations from DePaul University and went on to launch Goldmill Group, a global digital media and counter-extremism consulting firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for his role in producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from extremist groups. His life since leaving the white-supremacist movement over two decades ago has been dedicated to helping others counter racism and violent extremism by co-founding the organization Life After Hate. Picciolini now leads the Free Radicals Project (freeradicals.org), the world's first global disengagement platform. Picciolini has spoken all over the world, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace and acceptance through empathy and compassion. His involvement in the early American skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out (Hachette, 2018). Picciolini is co-developing a television docu-series based on his work helping people disengage from violent ideologies.

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