What does it mean to be a modern, mature man?
Building and supporting the emotionally mature, accountable, and compassionate male role models that our communities need.
This is men's community for the 21st Century.
The ManKind Project offers a globally recognized and respected men's weekend, the New Warrior Training Adventure, in more than 40 locations around the world. We have built a global network of peer-facilitated mentoring groups that serve over 10,000 men every week, supporting them to thrive in every aspect of their lives. And the ManKind Project helps men discover and live personal missions of service in the world; working with youth, with women and children, with prisoners, with veterans ... and so much more.
Voices of New Warriors
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The ManKind Project flies in the face of rigid stereotypes about the "Sensitive New Age Man" AND the "Macho Man". We ask men to go right up to the edge - and beyond - in a culture that seems to be comfortable with mediocrity and passivity from men. We ask men to stop living a vicarious adventure through their TV's and step into a real time adventure to win back their passion for life. We ask men to confront the real issues, to get 100% honest about who they are. Some men have a really hard time doing that. Many of us did too, but we took the risk anyway.
Leaders wanted. Men willing to step through fear and into the challenge of their lives. Men not afraid to revolt against repressive social norms, take off their masks and break through their personal barriers. Men ready to take real risks and step into their full power. Men not afraid to inhabit ALL the characteristics required of men in changing times; resiliency, integrity, courage, creativity, innovation, adaptability, compassion, empathy, radical self-responsibility, inclusiveness, generosity and respect.
The demands and pressures that men face today require an extraordinary level of courage, authenticity and tenacity. Are you ready to take a risk and see what life's like on the other side of the door you've come to? If you're ready to answer a call from deep within your heart and mind, you're in the right place. The adventure is waiting for you..
ManKind Project Supports 'MOVEMBER'
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 30, 2013
The ManKind Project supports men’s health.
MOVEMBER [movember.com] is an international campaign to raise awareness and fund research about prostate and testicular cancer. While MKP is not affiliated with Movember, we support their efforts, and many MKP men participate.
During the month of November, men ‘grow the mo’ to generate conversation about prostate and testicular cancer, and to raise money to support outreach, education, and research efforts for men’s health.
We invite our membership to participate in the MOVEMBER events, and to donate to the cause. In some regions of our global organization, there are already MOVEMBER Teams growing. See the list of links below.
Australia - http://au.movember.com/
New Zealand - http://nz.movember.com/
France - http://fr.movember.com/
Belgium - http://be.movember.com/
Germany - http://de.movember.com/
Switzerland - http://ch.movember.com/
South Africa - http://za.movember.com/
Canada - http://ca.movember.com/
Ireland - http://ie.movember.com/
To learn more, contact:
Executive Director, ManKind Project International
Jim James of My Morning Jacket on the ManKind Project - Pitchfork Magazine
Recently, Jim James, previously from the well known band 'My Morning Jacket' had some bold words to say about modern masculinity and the ManKind Project in an interview with Pitchfork Magazine. Read the full article here.
Pitchfork: What's your take on the overarching presence of masculinity in culture and society?
JJ: I've always struggled with masculinity, because I believe that every living being is part male and part female. Spiritually, you're both. That's why I've always felt uncomfortable as a man on this earth -- I've got male and female energy. This is a world that tells you that's wrong -- "you're a f*cking pussy" -- and a lot of people feel that way, which makes this world hard to walk through. There's this book, [Neale Donald Walsh's] Conversations With God, where this guy writes questions on a piece of paper, and God answers them. He talks about how, long, long ago, women were the rulers, and men gradually took over. A lot of people feel like we're slowly beginning to roll back towards women taking over -- but even when women ruled the earth, it was imbalanced, because the women looked down on the men. The men were just the sex dudes who moved heavy rocks out of the way. They weren't treated equal. I've been thinking about this stuff a lot.
There's this group called ManKind Project, they lead retreats to try and help men feel more OK with all the different sides of being a man. I went on one of those retreats because I was so intrigued. It was f*cking amazing. The experience was about taking accountability for yourself and your actions-- just trying to be a better person. As long as we've been alive, the world has been hugely tilted in favor of masculinity and is totally fucking itself because of it. That's nowhere close to being over, but hopefully, we're turning the spirits back on their axis to make it even.
The ManKind Project is showing up in some powerful ways in the culture these days, to be a part of it, do what Jim James did - come to the New Warrior Training Adventure.
ManKind Project Men on CBS Sunday Morning - Developing Healthy Friendships
This clip from CBS Sunday Morning - "Friendship: Close ties that enhance, extend life" - features men from the ManKind Project South Central area talking about the connections that they experience being part of the ManKind Project. Willie Baronet, Scott Prentis, Ron Nevelow, and John Groll were interviewed for the section on what it means to have powerful and supportive friendships. The segment featuring ManKind Project men starts at 6 minutes.
CBS Sunday took an interest in the ManKind Project because of an article that featured one of the men in the segment, Ron Nevelow, who is a therapist in Dallas. Read the article here.
If you are ready to build your friendships with men, and improve every aspect of your life, you're invited to find a men's group near you. Email us.
Here's an excerpt from the segment:
But things are different just outside of Dallas, where Scott Prentice, John Groll, Ron Nevelow and Willie Baronet may do the usual guy things, like "trash-talking."
"It means making fun of his abilities, 'cause he can't play basketball," said Willie. "John can't play poker. Scott can't out-fish me, those sorts of things."
"I've got pictures to prove otherwise, that's all I can say," Scott retorted.
You get the point, especially when they join other friends for a game of whirlyball -- kind of a mash-up of lacrosse and basketball, played in bumper cars.
But they say that the friendship they've developed over more than 15 years is far different than the stereotypical friendship most people think of between a bunch of sports-loving, poker-playing guys.
"I've never found a group that's so understood me, accepted me, loved me, and honored me as this group does," said Scott.
"We are willing to share deeply with each other what our fears are, what's not working well, and I think most men yearn for that connection, but don't feel comfortable going after it," said Willie.
"You're all married, or in relationships; what do the women in your lives think about these friendships?" asked Braver.
"I guarantee you, without these guys, I wouldn't be married," said Scott. "I had, you know, a fear of commitment. They helped me walk through what it was that was keeping me from being able to have a wife."
Wentworth Miller, the ManKind Project, and 'Men's Work'
UPDATE: Wentworth Miller talks about the ManKind Project Community at a Human Rights Campaign gala dinner in Seattle WA. See the video here: http://youtu.be/LI-0a9XvA6c
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 21, 2013
Wentworth Miller III, an actor best known for his role in the popular series “Prison Break,” recently made news on CNN, Entertainment Weekly, the GLAAD website, and beyond when he posted a letter to the St. Petersburg film festival declining an invitation to attend.
In it he states, “As a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
Full Content of the letter here.
He signed the letter as a member of GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and The ManKind Project.
The ManKind Project (MKP) is honored to be named in this short list with two organizations taking a stand for the human rights of LGBT people.
As an organization that welcomes all kinds of men, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religious affiliation, or other difference, MKP strives to be increasingly diverse and culturally aware. The ManKind Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is not affiliated with any religious practice or political party.
MKP creates intensive opportunities for men to learn about themselves and become the partners, husbands, fathers, sons, and change agents they dream of being in a diverse and supportive community of men. Our training programs and men’s groups (called Integration Groups, or I-Groups) exist to build and support awake, accountable, purpose driven, emotionally mature, powerful, and compassionate male leaders and role models.
Miller had this to say about his participation in the ManKind Project, “MKP has quickly become one of the cornerstones of who I am and how I move through the world today.”
Recently, Miller shared a story about the change in himself as a result of his work with the ManKind Project. Read the story on the ManKind Project Journal.
'Men's Work,' like that being done by the ManKind Project, is now spreading quickly among younger generations of men looking for healthy and powerful ways of expressing modern masculinity in a culture where messages about what it means to be a man are often contradictory, self-serving, and ineffective. This flexible 'New Macho' sensibility is one that embraces multiple expressions of masculinity, and focuses on self-awareness, collaboration, and purposeful action over domination and destructive competition.
MKP’s flagship training, “The New Warrior Training Adventure” is regarded by many as one of the most powerful and transformative experiences available for men today. If you’re a man inspired to do whatever it takes to reach your next level of success, consider the New Warrior Training Adventure. As follow-up for the training program, the ManKind Project USA ( mkpusa.org), along with MKP's 8 global regions, also have a wide network of free, confidential men’s peer mentoring groups meeting weekly or biweekly around the globe. Many of these groups are open to visitors.
Find a men’s group by emailing email@example.com.
Learn more by signing up for the Voices of New Warriors Interview Series.
Find a New Warrior Training Adventure in over 40 locations across the USA and around the world by visiting NewWarriorTraining.org
What does Greatness ask of you? #mkpragbrai
How will you change the world?
Men’s Nonprofit Organization brings over 40 riders to RAGBRAI XLI, and they’re asking what we’re committed to do to make a difference.
The ManKind Project USA (MKP USA) and Vets Journey Home are bringing men and women from across the United States and Canada to RAGBRAI XLI. This is their second year at RAGBRAI, and they’ve doubled the size of the team from RAGBRAI XL. Last year, a lot of RAGBRAI riders noticed their bright gold jerseys with the phrase “Changing the world, one man at a time” on the back, and struck up great conversations. The jerseys will be new this year, but the tag-line will be the same, and this time they hope to have even more conversations with interested riders from across the world.
“What we’ve seen over nearly 30 years, is that each man has passion and purposeful action to offer the world, and often what he needs is support to push through whatever is holding him back from sharing those gifts,” says Mike Elser, Chairman for the ManKind Project USA, who will be riding for the second time, “We’re dedicated to supporting men to become the powerful, emotionally mature, awake, accountable and compassionate leaders and role models we need for today. Men willing to take individual and shared responsibility for creating a better future.” MKP USA has over 700 men’s groups meeting every week in locations across the country, and conducts weekend training programs for men some 70 times a year.
Elser, with his wife, Donna, celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary on July 17 - on the way to Iowa. They credit much of the joy and success of their marriage in recent years to the ‘heart-work’ they have done together with the ManKind Project and its sister organization, Woman Within. Says Donna, “I wish we had found this work earlier, there’s so much trouble we could have avoided if we had the skills we both have today.” (Look for Donna holding the big ManKind Project flag toward the end of each day.) The ManKind Project USA is bringing some notable riders with them this year, including Scott Stoll, who spent 4 years riding around the world on a bike. He published “Falling Uphill; 25,742 miles, 1461 days, 50 countries, 6 continents & 4 moments of enlightenment on a bicycle,” which has received international recognition as a teaching tool and exploration of what’s possible when a person follows their dreams. Scott now works with youth to help them visualize their wildest dreams and start pursuing them! (theargonauts.com)
Another notable joining the team this year is Terri Strodoff of the Alma Center of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (almacenter.org). The Alma Center’s mission is to “motivate peaceful change through education in intimate relationships, family and community.” The Center is a leading provider of services and education to end relationship abuse and violence. They do this by offering gender specific training to look at the root causes of violence and helping male perpetrators take responsibility for changing them.
“We know that human beings do not enter this world intent upon doing harm and hurting each other. Violence is a learned behavior,” says Strodoff. She is joining the ManKind Project USA’s effort this year to continue raising awareness about the devastating impacts of domestic violence, and to keep showing that for many abusers and victims, there is a way past violence.
Part of this year’s effort for RAGBRAI is a collaboration with another nonprofit called Vets Journey Home, an organization that works with combat veterans, men and women, to support healing and reintegration in the wake of trauma that many combat soldiers face while deployed. Vets Journey Home has grown since 1889 from a program serving primarily Vietnam era veterans to a program that brings veterans from any conflict, and from any nation, together for a free weekend retreat in which they can share their stories and get the soul’s homecoming they may never have had. (vetsjourneyhome.org)
Says Gene McMahon, co-founder of the program, “A lot of vets come back and they’re carrying wounds deep in their heart and deep in their soul. They’re having a hard time when they come back. They’re in turmoil.” Vets Journey Home now offers programs in multiple locations across the United States.
And of course, RAGBRAI is about pedaling, right? So the ManKind Project USA is putting their pedals where their mouths are with two promotions this year. Last year they raffled off a classic TREK recumbent … this year they went for something with some swagger. They’re giving away a FELT Burner 29” in a free sweepstakes.
They’re also building a pedal-powered smoothie maker. Eric Bourgault, originally from Quebec, Canada, is bringing the experiential component to the show, after having played with the machines in Canada as part of a clean energy campaign. The smoothie maker will be part of the ManKind Project USA Expo booth in Council Bluffs, to highlight the impact that consciously created experiences have in helping men and women move through obstacles.
Bourgault, who worked with a circus for a number of years and now creates “Velomotion Concept” conscious cycling tours (find it on Google) is excited about being a promoter for this year’s RAGBRAI team. “I want to make sure we connect the people to WHY we are here, and WHY we are doing this work. How are you going to change the world? What will be possible if you turn your old hardships and troubles into something sweet and nourishing that you can share with the world?”
Look for Eric on the FELT cruiser as the team moves across the state. With support from Bike Masters in Omaha, the bike will be on display at the Expo and in ending towns along the way, and raffled off in Fairfield on day 6. The live raffle will be held at Fairfield Nutrition on the west side of the square in the evening on Friday.
And when you see “Changing the world, one man at a time,” on the back of a jersey, strike up a conversation!
For more information on the ManKind Project USA at RAGBRAI, visit ragbrai.mkp.org. Follow the team by searching for hashtag #mkpragbrai on Facebook or Twitter.
Communications & Marketing Director
ManKind Project USA
@boysenh / @mankindproject
ALSO A RIDER at RAGBRAI XLI!!
I will be on hand every day - live tweeting and facebooking from the road - happy to make connections and be interviewed for the ManKind Project USA.
The New Macho - One Vision of Mature Masculinity
Newsweek published a series of articles the week of Sept 20, 2010 on "The New Macho" and masculinity in the complex world that we live in.
While it is certainly a difficult task to try and reclaim the word 'macho' as anything other than the stereotypical violent and out of touch guy portrayed in much of the media, the articles make some good points. One thing that we notice in reading them is that many of the men we know, respect and love in the ManKind Project represent the idea of the "The New Macho" very well. We call these men New Warriors. So bravo, men, keep on evolving!
The ManKind Project teaches skills for emotional intelligence and radical personal responsibility. Through men's groups and trainings, we help each other become more resilient, more awake and more inspired to follow our purpose and live our mission. Here are some characteristics that a member of the ManKind Project has put forward as part of the'New Macho' paradigm.
The New Macho
He cleans up after himself.
He cleans up the planet.
He is a role model for young men.
He is rigorously honest and fiercely optimistic.
He holds himself accountable.
He knows what he feels.
He knows how to cry and he lets it go.
He knows how to rage without hurting others.
He knows how to fear and how to keep moving.
He seeks self-mastery.
He's let go of childish shame.
He feels guilty when he's done something wrong.
He is kind to men, kind to women, kind to children.
He teaches others how to be kind.
He says he's sorry.
He stopped blaming women or his parents or men for his pain years ago.
He stopped letting his defenses ruin his relationships.
He stopped letting his penis run his life.
He has enough self respect to tell the truth.
He creates intimacy and trust with his actions.
He has men that he trusts and that he turns to for support.
He knows how to roll with it.
He knows how to make it happen.
He is disciplined when he needs to be.
He is flexible when he needs to be.
He knows how to listen from the core of his being.
He's not afraid to get dirty.
He's ready to confront his own limitations.
He has high expectations for himself and for those he connects with.
He looks for ways to serve others.
He knows he is an individual.
He knows that we are all one.
He knows he is an animal and a part of nature.
He knows his spirit and his connection to something greater.
He knows future generations are watching his actions.
He builds communities where people are respected and valued.
He takes responsibility for himself.
In times of need, he will be his brother’s keeper.
He knows his higher purpose.
He loves with fierceness.
He laughs with abandon, because he gets the joke.
This is a picture of mature masculine, of healthy masculinity - it is one redefinition of masculinity for the 21st century. By no means is this list complete. You are welcome to come and add your gifts to this community. www.mkp.org
©2010 Boysen Hodgson. All rights reserved.
Used with permission by the ManKind Project.
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