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About Bold Creative

Bold Creative's overarching message has always been one of participation: empowering young people by harnessing their own stories. To achieve this, we work closely with young people, listening carefully to their experiences about their environment and culture with a strong focus on identity, race and religion. Bold consistently wins the attention and trust of youth audiences by building real value into their interactions with organisations and causes.

Our Use of Stories

Young people's stories are at the heart of all of our work. Our style to use the real words of young people affected by important issues allows us to objectively share experiences that may otherwise go unheard. We then work to create the right digital platform to share these stories in ways that will effectively engage & reach other young people whilst keeping the author's identity anonymous.


Our approach to Wish You Waziristan

This project was preceded by a dedicated research project into the issues. We see this as the most important aspect of any project like this that we undertake. Working closely with young people who had been directly affected by these issues and a detailed study of transcribed interviews with ex-Jihadis, the team started to build sources of information that would help them retell the facts as accurately as possible. Here are some key sources that were important to the team in the research phase:


Omar Nasiri, Focus: My life as a spy at the heart of Al-Qaeda, Sunday times, Nov 9th 2009

Andrew Alderson & Miles Goslett, Internet spreads terror to Britain,, Jun 24th 2007

Hassan Butt, I was a fanatic. I know their thinking, says former radical Islamist, Mail Online, July 2nd 2007

Duncan Gardha, Osama bin London's' years of terror training, , Feb 26th 2008

Toby Harnden & Massoud Ansari, Mumbai attacks: How young Britons are radicalised in Pakistan, Nov. 28th 2008

Ian Black & Richard Norton-Taylor, Al-Qaida faces recruitment crisis, anti-terrorism experts say, Sept 10th 2009

Matthew Harwood, On 9-11 Anniversary: How Strong is Al Qaeda? The Guardian, Sept 11th 2009

Jason Burke and Ian Black, Al-Qaida: Tales from Bin Laden's volunteers,, Sept 10th 2009

Michael Powell, U.S. Recruit Reveals How Qaeda Trains Foreigners, New York Times, July 23rd 2009

Sebastian Rotella & Josh Meyer, U.S.-born militant who fought for Al Qaeda is in custody, LA Times July 23rd 2009

Michael Jacobson, Terrorist Dropouts: Learning from Those Who Have Left, Policy Focus 101, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Jan 2010

Nic Robertson & Paul Cruickshank, Recruits Reveal Al Qaeda’s Sprawling Web,, July 31st 2009

Nic Robertson & Paul Cruickshank, European gang trained for terror,, July 31st 2009

Johann Hari, Meet the Ex-Jihadis, The Huffington Post, Nov 15th 2009

Paul Cruickshank, Al Qaeda's Ground Zero, Foreign Policy, April 1st 2010

Paul Cruickshank, The Militant Pipeline, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, April 26th 2010

Associated Press, Did ‘Jihadi cool’ lure 5 Americans to Pakistan? Dec 20th 2009

Paul Cruickshank, The 2008 Belgium Cell and FATA's Terrorist Pipeline, West Point CTC Sentinel, April 2009

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