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Real man, real dad | Craig Wilkinson | TEDxCapeTown

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Published on Sep 5, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Craig believes that masculinity is a profoundly beautiful gift to humanity, and that it is wounded masculinity that is so often deeply destructive.
He shows us that if we can heal men, we can heal the world.



Craig Wilkinson lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife Martinique and his two children Luke and Blythe. For the last 10 years Craig has worked in the Non Profit sector in the areas of experiential education, socio-economic development and the development of men and fathers. Prior to this he made his living as a consultant to the corporate sector in strategy and human resource development. An avid hiker, mountain biker and fitness buff Craig has a passion for the restoration of men to true masculinity and authentic fatherhood. He is the founder of Father A Nation (FAN), an NPO which restores and equips men to be great fathers. He believes that if we can heal men we can heal the world.

Masculinity is a profoundly beautiful gift to humanity. Wounded and distorted masculinity however is a dreadful curse to humanity. Society has rightly responded very negatively to the harm done by wounded men with a misconstrued concept of masculinity. Sadly though much of the response has done more to perpetuate the problem than solve it. We have tried to tame men, re-invent men, feminize men, and vilify men. What we really need though is not to reinvent masculinity but to rediscover it. And enough men living with true masculinity will transform our world into the safe, beautiful and exciting place it was always meant to be.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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