Week 1: Contemporary Masculinities and the Renaissance of Men’s Work
Re-storying Masculinity Online Event with Ian MacKenzie, Adam Jackson, German Villegas
This is Week 1 of advaya’s course: restorying-masculinity, convened by Ian MacKenzie.
Contemporary Masculinities and the Renaissance of Men’s Work#
Our journey begins with a diagnosis of contemporary masculinities within a historical, social and cultural framework, with a focus on how wider sociocultural forces shape men’s relationships.
We will explore the impulses behind contemporary “men’s work”, and historically and culturally contextualise this movement in contemporary history. Why is it seeing a resurgence today? We seek to dissect the psychosocial and psychological aspects of this movement, to understand what gets in the way of its flourishing. How do “toxic” masculinities, domination systems, individual ego, among other things, plague the relationships of men within this movement, and hence, men’s work?
In this module, we will explore the intra- and inter-personal worlds that shape contemporary masculinities, and seek to understand how they are textured by unseen patterns of power, and influenced by events in our recent past.
Ian MacKenzie #
Ian MacKenzie is a filmmaker and writer who lives on the Salish Sea with his partner and young son. For over 12 years, he’s been tracking the global emergence of new culture. From the desert of Burning Man to the heart of Occupy Wall St, he has sought and amplified the voices of visionaries, artists and activists who have been working toward planetary system change. He is most known for his films Sacred Economics, Amplify Her, Occupy Love, and Lost Nation Road. He has studied with Stephen Jenkinson at the Orphan Wisdom School since 2012, and Tamera Healing Biotope since 2015. In 2019, he founded The Mythic Masculine podcast and in 2020 he launched A Gathering of Stories.
Adam Jackson #
Adam Jackson holds a vision for ushering brotherhood to the forefront of our community as a means for conscious healing. He is a Co-Founder, Director of Operations, and the Voice of Sacred Sons. Fatherhood has set Adam on a heart-opening journey of conscious parenting and commitment to living one’s truth. Adam is devoted to continual inner-exploration and has the intuitive ability to connect others to their path and purpose.
German Villegas #
German is a community developer by work, educator by trade, podcaster by hobby, and a laugher by heart. German has been involved with ideas around gender since 2013 mostly with volunteering and serving on the board of Next Gen Men. German is also the producer of the Modern Manhood podcast, a podcast about the systemic issues of masculinity since 2015.