When I was first heading into the brave new world of blogging and social media I was looking for a place where real conversations were going on about stuff that I was interested in as a man in the 21st Century. What I found were a lot of websites that focused on things like men‚Äôs fashion, muscle-building and training, sports, and business.
I was hard pressed to find a place where gritty, real discourse was published on topics like masculinity, being a dad, relationships, mental health, spirituality, or¬†frankly, anything substantive on the challenges that men face in this ever-changing world.
And then I stumbled upon The Good Men Project.¬†It truly seemed like they were having the conversation no one else was having about the changing roles of men in the 21st century. Their vision is to challenge and break down the stereotypes of what it means to be a man and create a space for the spectrum of masculinity that exists within the world today.¬†Did I agree with everything I read? ‚Ä¶ hell no, and that was what made it all the more valuable.¬†
It was a fantastic medium for me to post articles and also to participate in conversations. They are truly developing a “Participatory Media!” model and growing a platform for men to share stories, have conversations, connect, and grow their reach. I‚Äôve been published there multiple times and have personally benefited from working with their team of editors.
The Good Men Project also give classes on how to build an online platform. They helped me to understand what was needed to¬†grow an¬†online business and how to get my unique message and stories out into the world. They want to provide men opportunities and tools to share their perspectives, experiences, and dreams of what the future can hold for men and masculinity.
They have also developed and launched social interest groups in the time that I‚Äôve been a follower. These groups provide a medium for conversations about the challenges facing men in today‚Äôs world.
Now The Good Men Project has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to scale the social interest groups. Their goal is to really re-invent media, to help people process a rapidly changing world with too much information. Their vision is to create opportunities for real, live conversations about what is important to men: how to show up, how to engage, how to connect.
This is exciting to me! I’m thrilled to support their efforts and I hope you will too. Check out their campaign here. Share it or donate if you believe that conversations of this kind are¬†as worthwhile as I do.