Arm Your Children
Sep19

Arm Your Children

by Snake Bloomstrand We are raising a generation of armored children. “Don’t talk to strangers,” we warn and for good reason. The polar bears are dying! – Black lives matter – Leaders are not to be trusted – and lets not neglect the daily wave of tragedy washing across countless screens at the swipe of a child’s finger. There are endless reasons for a child to armor-up and we encourage it. I’m a fan of armor God knows we...

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Tough or Nice? Which Should A Leader Choose?
Sep10

Tough or Nice? Which Should A Leader Choose?

There’s an archetype that’s been around for a long time in business:  the Great Man. It’s based on the belief that an extraordinary individual can save the day.  It’s personified by the work of the actor John Wayne:  the hero rides into town, and makes everything okay.  The End.  Fade to black.  Roll the credits. The Great Man is a Grit Man.  He’s determined to persevere through challenges no matter what....

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Aggrieved Entitlement and Evolved Masculinity
Jun15

Aggrieved Entitlement and Evolved Masculinity

Let’s face it, together. Aggrieved Entitlement is a term I picked up from Michael Kimmel. It is the existential state of fear about having my ‘rightful place’ as a man questioned … challenged … deconstructed. Aggrieved entitlement is being told ‘No’ when the prevailing mythos of the culture has taught that I have a ‘right’ to something because of my birth (as male, as white,...

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ManKind Project Durango Helping Teens in High School
Jun02

ManKind Project Durango Helping Teens in High School

by Tim Birchard The MKP Durango Area Community in southwest Colorado recently collaborated with Durango School District 9R and other local organizations to host the 2nd Annual ‘Keys To High School Success’ conference for 8th grade boys transitioning to high school.The conference, a character development opportunity for more than 200 boys (up from 90 boys served last year), featured workshops focused on nurturing Responsibility,...

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Waiting for the Blessing of My Father
Oct02

Waiting for the Blessing of My Father

By Gonzalo Salinas In October it will be ten years since I’ve seen my father. I remember clearly the last time I saw him. We were at the National Airport in Lima. Let me back-track. The flight to Miami was at 8 pm. For international flights, you are supposed to check in three hours in advance or risk missing the flight. I was at home, waiting for my father to say goodbye at 6 pm. Still a fifteen minute drive away from the...

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Three reasons for Lance Armstrong to Check In! with the ManKind Project
Jul30

Three reasons for Lance Armstrong to Check In! with the ManKind Project

by Boysen Hodgson The ManKind Project USA cycling team recently participated in our second RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). We brought over 40 men and women from across the country (and Canada) to Iowa for the ride. Lance Armstrong came out to Iowa for a couple days of the ride, so we put out an invitation for Lance to come Check In! with us at the ManKind Project. And though the ride may be over...

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