After several conversations with people after our response to the Gillette video, Just Be Nice Project Founder - Josh steps up to discuss a way forward.
Yes, the video is longer than the recommended digestible length for social media, but maybe the discussion of masculinity, character and being good men needs more than 90 seconds of our time.
Rather than always speaking about what being a good man isn't, let's start a discussion about what we think a good man is.
Let's decide on what kinds of behaviour and character we are going to support and promote, and build a culture of strong, engaged, interested, caring, intelligent, open and understanding men.
What does it mean to be a man to you? What kind of men would you like to see? What does positive masculinity look like to you, in a future where we have communities of people that look out for one another, who open doors for one another, who lift each other up and ensure everyone feels safe and supported?
Moving forward requires looking forward, so let's set some aspirations to improve equality of opportunity for all, and help everyone be the best they can be.
While an ad from a razor company has caused a bit of a stir over the last few days, we ask, what is wrong with being the best a man can get?
Wherever possible we should look at opportunities for excellence as opportunities. Areas to improve as possibilities, not only criticisms. We should take responsibility not only for ourselves, but for those around us and help them be better.
We should relish the chance to be better, and move towards that together, following those that do a good job and lending a helping hand and a truckload of understanding to those that need a hand.
If you are looking for ways to help educate yourselves, your workplaces, schools or communities on how to tackle these developmental and conversational hurdles, get in touch. We'd to have a chat about how working with the JBNProject helps improve equality of opportunity for all.
We aren't here to demonise for-profit or non-profit organisations. We are here to demonise waste.
We don't believe that good will is more important than good skill for people in need.
We believe that we can change the way that people help people, but we need your help, if you or your organisation are looking to have a more significant and relevant impact in the world, get in touch.
To talk about empowerment without talking about development is a pitfall that we are mindful of. There is no good pathway to diversity and inclusion until we relentlessly develop and maintain relevant development pathways for diverse communities. Without investment in developing these communities, we are only paying lip-service to the idea of a diverse and inclusive future.
If you are serious about improving inclusivity, diversity and keen to hear about the developmental possibilities for your organisation or workplace, get in contact and we will discuss the options to help you build an environment that is really empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality of opportunity for all.
Wairua Spirit perfectly embodies the commitment to excellence, grit, long-term development, determination and character that we at the Just Be Nice Project promote. We are overjoyed at the opportunity to support Jamie Milne as he and the Wairua team support us.
Helping people, help people. It’s what we do, we can’t do it without the commitment of humans like Jamie, we can’t do it without strong Wairua.
Over the next decade 2019 – 2029 we will be a part of creating an artefact in the form of a documentary that will explore the powerful, often invisible, drivers of the human spirit in response to extreme physical demands. The subject of ‘Wairua’ will be explored in the testing environment of ultra-endurance running. Jamie will be taking part in another decade of extreme tests of mind and body, taking part in new Ultra-marathon challenges each year.
10 years, 10 of the worlds most challenging Ultra-Marathons and 10 years of impact. The events are;
The first event will be the Hurt 100 in Oahu Hawaii a 100-Mile Endurance Run. Jamie has been selected as a participant through the 2019 HURT 100 lottery process and will compete this coming January 2019 (only 100 elite ultra-runners are selected annually).
We cannot overstate our appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of the Wairua Spirit story, we look forward to growing and building Wairua together over the coming decade.
Kia Kaha (Stay Strong)
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We want to change the way people help people. To do that, we need to continually improve the understanding of the needs of communities and causes of disadvantage. To do that, we actually need to guide people to mastering their own character in order to develop perspective that allows them to understand other people's circumstances.
On this mission, we have seen children being 'taught' disadvantage in a way that actually harms their capacity for resilience and real understanding, not through any bad intent, but through confusion as to the best way to develop understanding and agency for people of all ages.
If you, or anyone you know are looking to build character and resilience, or looking to have a meaningful impact in the world, enquire about our courses and opportunities for partnership below.
This week we have gotten angry about current proposals to allow discrimination in schools based on sexuality, and the continuing blatant mistreatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.
With mental health day yesterday, we need to speak up to ensure that we create environments that foster inclusivity and opportunity for all, in order to provide avenues to improved mental health for everyone.
In Australia we are in a privileged position to be able to be lift people up, we can't allow our policies to be those that segregate, discriminate and keep people down.
To support our work providing avenues to opportunity from all walks of life, please subscribe here; for less than $10 a week you can help us ensure individuals and communities get proper housing, employment and good mental health.
We've come a long way with encouraging men to speak up about their poor mental health and to let people know when they are struggling.
But what are we doing after that?
The Just Be Nice Project is committed to not only improving the conversation around mental health, but also improving the access to the material support required to create environments where people can flourish.
You can support our work by subscribing and becoming a JBN Legend Here, we can't do it without the support of our amazing partners and subscribers.
Helping people feel good about doing good is an important element of engagement, but it cannot be the end-game to getting people involved in positive impact.
Is it easy to feel good about things that don't do that much good? Absolutely. Is that the best we can do? Absolutely not.
The end game, and point of help, should always be about what happens for the person in need. Teaching people what effective looks like for people in need, rather than finding ways to make people feel good about attempts at help, is the real future of helping people, help people.
Our work at the Just Be Nice Project is about harnessing the potential of every organisation and individual into effective impacts for those in need, while remaining engaging, relevant and worthwhile to those providing the help. There is a better way.
Creating extraordinary positive change in the world, by helping people make ordinary positive change.
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