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

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Following the success of ICMI20, the organizers of that event have decided another major online ICMI will be held over midday, Thursday, 18 November – midday, Sunday, 21 November, 2021, GMT. International Men’s Day is on 19 November.

The event will be highly interactive, with opportunities for attendees to watch pre-recorded videos as well as live interviews and discussions, engage in live Q&As with speakers, and 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 in the world, to maximise the attendee experience.

I am responsible for organizing physical ICMIs in Europe and North America, and I plan to hold the next one in Canada in the summer of 2022, when hopefully Covid-related restrictions will be relaxed sufficiently to make that a possibility. Contender cities include, in alphabetical order:

  • Calgary¬†
  • Edmonton (Karen Straughan’s home city)
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver (Professor Janice Fiamengo’s home city)

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 just 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 (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’ve had very few negative comments.

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: mikebuchananuk@gmail.com

M: (0)7967 026163 (United Kingdom)