A Manifest for a New Perspective on Gender
MANiphesto is an open-source, collaborative community of men who want to step up and take responsibility for themselves, their communities and society.
We do not have any formal leadership or spokesmen, but believe that the best way to explore gender roles and being a man is through collaboration, knowledge transfer and mutual support with other men.
We build on the efforts of those before us and aim to bridge the polarities and embrace the paradoxes around gender. This is based on a firm belief in equality between the sexes while allowing for differences between them and insisting on an approach which is based on empowerment.
All you need to start and run your own local men's group
Over the last six years, the men of Maniphesto have developed and refined a system for running men's groups which brings about transformational change in the men who come to our events. Now we want to share it with you in our Men's Group Manual.
The manual documents our entire process, from answering the deep questions of our motivation for engaging in this work and how this relates to the development of male and female roles in a historical perspective. It provides all the practical insights and tools we have gained through our work. And it even includes our men's group self-assessment worksheet.
We believe in the value of this system, and we believe in the power of open source collaboration for men's work. That is why we have decided that we want to give this manual to any man who needs it - although we will ask for your email address so we can stay in touch.
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European Men's Gathering 2019
European Men's Gathering 2018
Rites of Passage
For thousands of years, Indigenous and traditional communities recognised the importance of supporting individuals to transition safely from one stage of life to another through Rites of Passage.
Marking these transitions were seen as fundamental in the growth, connectedness and health of an individual and community. In modern society, the need for programs that help equip people with the confidence and tools to tackle the adventure and challenges that lie ahead are more critical than ever.
The European Men's Gathering is the biggest event from the Maniphesto network in our exploration of what it means to be a man in contemporary society and how we can step up to take responsibility.
If you are interested in what we stand for and what we have learnt so far, then read the story so far here.
Everything else that we do is a result of open source collaboration through the Maniphesto network. The primary channel for all of our communication is a Google Groups email list, Maniphesto
If you think that these issues are important and would like to add your voice, then sign up here. Everyone who wants to contribute is invited to join the discussion, and you can expect 5 - 30 emails per month on average.
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