This video is part of an effort by The Wildflowers Institute to understand the informal bonds that create community (“Making visible the invisible power of community,” 29 page PDF). If we understand these bonds in a particular community, we can strengthen them. If these bonds remain invisible, more formal efforts to improve a community may inadvertently severe these critical bonds and do more harm than good.
I showed this video to my friend, James Arana (photo below), at Men’s Resources International, and he had this to say: “What a pleasure to have the gift of this young brother taking the time to reflect on what it means for him to move through his community. I can see the connection in his brilliant presentation how masculinity plays such a powerful role, and how he gets trapped every step of the way. I love how he grasps the big picture of the hyper male not having everyone’s best interest at heart.”
Starting on February 17th, James and some young residents of Springfield are leading a free two-day youth leadership training at Tapestry Health (365 Bay St., Springfield) called “Be a Man.” The training will emphasize new perspectives on violence prevention, healthy masculinity, and community activism. Two great lunches included. Click here for more details, or to register.