Hollywood comes to ICMI: Greg Ellis, Hollywood actor (and so much more)

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We are delighted to announce that Greg Ellis, an English actor and so much more, has accepted our invitation to be a Guest of Honour at this conference.

Greg is the author of The Respondent: Exposing the Cartel of Family Law – Introduction by Johnny Depp, Foreword by Alec Baldwin – the Amazon #1 Best Seller in three different categories: Divorce, Fatherhood and Suicide. He has taught classes in phenomenology to orphans born with HIV in India, storytelling at the Parva Slum School in Jaipur, practiced shamanic rituals with the Cherokee Nation, purification sweat lodges with the Skidi Tribe, studied affect theory with epistemologist Dr. Gary David, and created ‘The Mindwell Initiative’ with the Global Wellness Institute. He’s a published author, TV director, Annie Award nominated voice artist and Emmy Award® nominated actor who has appeared in Oscar-winning movies, directed Hollywood superstars, produced and written television shows and commercials, performed leading stage roles in Broadway musicals, voiced cartoon characters for movies, TV series, cartoons, over 120 video games and toys, and has recorded multiple albums, singles and soundtracks.

Greg’s major motion picture film credits include billion-dollar franchises like the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Titanic, Star Trek, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Beowulf. TV credits include 24, The X-Files, CSI, Dexter, NCIS, Hawaii Five-O, and more. Under his production company banner, Monkey Toes, Greg has written and directed projects for Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Fry, and produced and directed multiple commercials. He hosts the video podcast series The Voices in My Head, Wiser Life Practices, and The Respondent.

Greg’s online Alive Coaching improvement program helps people address past problems and improve their future, and his official website provides information on all of Greg’s projects, while the multimedia child advocacy series The Respondent aims to inspire family champions through his non-profit organization CPU: Children and Parents United.

Greg has recently interviewed a number of people who are very well known to ICMI attendees, YouTube videos here – Warren Farrell (here and here), Philip Davies MP and Erin Pizzey.

Follow @ellisgreg, @TheRespondent, on Twitter, @realgregellis on Instagram, and Monkey Toes Studio on YT. Join The Respondent Monkey Toes Studio and CPU Clubs on the Clubhouse app @ge, and subscribe to The Respondent on Substack.

Lee Anderson, a second Conservative MP, to contribute to ICMI21

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Philip Davies MP (C, Shipley) has contributed to three ICMIs – London (2016), Chicago (2019) and online (2020). We already had Ben Bradley MP (C, Mansfield) as a Guest of Honour for ICMI21, lined up for an interview with Mike Buchanan and William Collins. We’re delighted to announce a new Guest of Honour, Lee Anderson MP (C, Ashfield), who will also be interviewed by Mike and William, as well as engaging in a live Q&A during the event.

A short biography of Lee is on the speakers’ list. His Wikipedia page is here. He’s on the Women & Equalities Committee, to which Philip Davies recently returned.

The seventh International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI21)

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Following the success of ICMI20, the organizers of that event decided that another major online ICMI would be held from midday, GMT, Thursday, 18 November – midday, Sunday, 21 November, 2021. International Men’s Day is on 19 November. The event will be highly interactive. As well as pre-recorded presentation and interview videos there will be live Q&A sessions, and much more. There will also be ample opportunities for networking with speakers and other attendees, and attendees will be able to set up meeting rooms, and more. We shall be using the market-leading virtual event software, to optimise the attendee experience.

I am responsible for organizing in-person ICMIs in Europe and North America, and I plan to hold the next one in North America in July 2022, when hopefully Covid-related restrictions will be relaxed sufficiently to make that a possibility. 

I shall be devoting more of my time and energy in future organizing and running ICMIs and other offline and online events, gatherings and meetings, because I feel I can best support the fast-growing MRM that way. I worked as a business consultant for the Conservative party over 2006-8, developing and executing a new commercial model for their conferences including the main autumn conferences which have for long been the largest such events in Europe (12,000+ attendees). I’ve established a limited company, MRA International Ltd., to support my events-related work, including ICMI21.

The last conference (ICMI20)

The hugely successful sixth International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI20). 120 videos, many of them interviews by the organizers, were posted over the course of five days – on the hour, every hour. 

I’d like to thank my fellow organizers – Elizabeth Hobson (at the time, and until March 2021, the leader of the British political party Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), Tom Caulfield (J4MB Technical Director), Paul Elam, Tom Golden and Robert Brockway. They were all a pleasure to work with throughout the months before ICMI20, and during it.

I’d like to thank everyone who provided a video, or was interviewed on Zoom for the event. The technical quality standards of the videos were generally higher than we were expecting, given that the vast majority of the speakers were not professional video makers, some had never made a video in their lives. It surely goes without saying that the quality of the content of the videos was high, and we had very positive feedback.

The list of speakers and interviewees is here. The mirror videos – posted because for various reasons a number of videos didn’t materialise – are numbered 109-125.

With the exception of the mirror videos, all the videos were released simultaneously on dedicated playlists on the J4MB YouTube channel – here – and on Paul Elam’s “An Ear for Men” YouTube channel – here. The mirror videos are only on the J4MB playlist. Paul’s channel has 103,000+ subscribers, more than the J4MB channel, so there are more comments there.

Mike Buchanan – conference director, chairman of the organizing committee

E: mike@j4mb.org.uk M: (+44) 7967 026163 (United Kingdom)

Ben Bradley MP will be one of our Guests of Honour

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Ben Bradley MP (C, Mansfield), 31, is an up-and-coming Conservative MP who’s well known in our circles for raising public awareness about the poor educational attainment of working-class boys, and demanding the problem be addressed. He made the introductory speech at the last International Men’s Day debate in the House of Commons.

He was recently interviewed by Triggernometry, What Is the Conservative Answer to the Culture War? (video, 1:01:12).

Professor Janice Fiamengo will be the keynote speaker at ICMI21

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We are delighted to report that Professor Janice Fiamengo has agreed to be the keynote speaker at this conference. Her talk title will be:

Why Men and Women are Working Together to Create a Non-Feminist Future.

Janice is a writer and the creator of the Fiamengo File YouTube series at Studio Brulé. She is a retired professor of English, and advocate for men’s issues, free speech, and western culture. She taught literature for 20 years, latterly at the University of Ottawa, and is the author of The Woman’s Page (2007), a study of early Canadian female journalists. She has also published online articles criticizing feminism and political correctness in magazines such as PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine. She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia, with her husband, poet and songwriter David Solway.

Janice is a participant in the weekly video series Regarding Men with Paul Elam and Tom Golden, also speakers at this event.

She was the third guest on the Justice for Men & Boys Gender Matters video series. The playlist of the series is here.

Janice spoke at the following events:

International Conferences on Men’s Issues

2016, London – How Feminism is Destroying Higher Education
2018, London – The Demonization of Young Men: Campus Sexual Misconduct Tribunals
2019, Chicago – Why We Need Male-Positive Histories (keynote)
2020, online –  We Must Stop Anti-Male Indoctrination of Boys