MANiphesto is an open-source, collaborative community of men who want to step up and take responsibility for themselves, their communities and society.
Our HQ and Manastery is situated at the top of the “South Funen Alps” of Denmark where we have state of the art offices, 1800m2 of working space and 2.5 hectares of land for hosting men away from the rush of big city life. We run the European Men’s Gathering, Maniphesto Core and regular training programs.
We believe that the best way to explore being a man is through doing stuff with other men.
We build on the efforts of those before us and aim to bridge the polarities and embrace the paradoxes around gender. This is based on a firm belief in equality between the sexes while allowing for differences between them
Maniphesto was formed by three men, a philosopher, a political scientist gone renegade, and a professional dancer, who were dear friends. Seeing the increasing turmoil around them regarding manhood and masculinity, they decided to do something about it. In 2016 they invited the most inspiring men in their respective networks to two “Men’s Research Weekends” in central Stockholm and Copenhagen.
There they locked themselves up for 48 hours with 30 men, for a deep dive into “mind work” and “body work”. The aim was expanding their understanding and embodiment of how they were men in society, and how they could take responsibility as men.
Through the experience, they discovered that something magical happens when they were only men together. They love and appreciate women, but in those spaces, they relaxed, they opened up and they met each other, as themselves, in a way that adds incredible value to their lives.
As they initiated the first Nordic Mens Gathering in 2017, their connection across the Atlantic with Canadian Psychologist Jordan Peterson was a major source of inspiration. Peterson also provided a rallying point for millions of men who saw the dangers of an increasingly dominant radicalised feminism. These men came from all walks of life, and all ages. They were committed to personally take responsibility to confront the chaos both inside and outside. They loved and appreciated women, without wanting to force women to become the same as men. And they refused to see themselves as victims, but rather the powerful creators of their own future.
Today, Maniphesto is a broad international network and a close brotherhood of friends. We are a community of 550+ men and hundreds of initiatives around the world, engaged in realising the Maniphesto mission of “Restoring Man”. We run formal and informal events and training programs online and in person. The European Men’s Gathering is our flagship event and annual gathering point. Maniphesto Core is a subscription based network of online men’s groups, dedicated to supporting men in focusing their dreams into a sense of purpose, accountability and direction.
The 10 Principles of Maniphesto
1. Masculine Men
We appreciate and celebrate the mystery of the masculine and feminine. Masculinity is what men want and need the most from other men. We especially value the integrity, courage and vision of masculine men.
3. Direct Communication
Our collaboration is built on clear and direct communication with complete integrity. Agreements are honoured and personal disagreements are dealt with directly and immediately. This enables the building of friendships based on trust, honesty and loyalty.
Working as a council of peers brings Hierarchy and Do-ocracy together. We are co-creative by design, providing the platform for men to engage and contribute actively.
7. Virtuous Patriarchy
The paradigm shift to an increasingly digital society requires visionary, strong and responsible men to step up in formulating new paradigmatic principles which foster lives of freedom, integration, meaning and well-being.
9. Open Source
We share our best work, in a true spirit of collaboration, across borders and cultures. Competition within a framework of transparency and fair play empowers us to give more.
2. Unity and Multiplicity
Our community enables true individuality. We respect the man and challenge the idea. We admire each other’s gifts. We approach disagreement with curiosity and mutual respect. We grow in discernment by engaging in vigorous discussion.
Taking responsibility for making things better rather than blaming others will help us learn and grow dramatically.
6. Mutual Commitment
Women give birth to boys, but men are made through journeying alongside other men. We commit to each other’s success in a fellowship to guide and mirror each other to greater maturity.
We propose joint action in the world as the optimal path to betterment for men. Working together towards shared goals for the greater good leads to a life of meaning, purpose and bonds of friendship.
Our work addresses man as a whole, not as a collection of parts. Man is an inseparable unity of body, mind, and spirit.
You can read more about our work with the 10 Principles on our Blog