MENZ Issues

A new paradigm for dealing with Men’s issues

There has been a lot of debate recently on MENZ regarding the approach to solving the issues fathers/men face. A lot of it extremely negative and divisive.

Most contributors use what is caused a deficit research approach characterised by :

The issues with this paradigm are best summed up by a quote from Einstein

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Or put another way:

Men’s issues become problems to be solved.

What could we do differently — how can we change the paradigm and effect real change for Fathers and men?

Its summed by a quote from Robert Kennedy

Some men see things as they are and ask why I dream things that never were and ask why not!

It’s a different paradigm called Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

It involves:

Men’s issues become opportunities to be embraced

AI innovates real change not pointless arguing by:

From a change management perspective  Positive solutions focus leads to positive action.

Our culture is a collection of the stories we tell about ourselves : Cultures on the rise are characterized by :

 So its a challenge to you guys to change your thinking and look to a new paradigm for MENZ .To move beyond blame to solutions focused action and be real change agents.

All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble…They can never be solved, but only outgrown. This “outgrowing” proves on further investigation to require a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest appeared on the horizon and through this broadening of outlook the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically on its own terms but faded when confronted with a new and stronger life urge. Carl Jung.