Project Description

Facilitate healing through online and in-person safe spaces where men and their communities use the power of everyday intimate conversations to redefine masculinity, fostering fearlessness, empathy, and vulnerability at the individual, community, and national level.

Keith

Keith, United States
Keith, United States

CHALLENGE:
According to research, men are buckling under pressures of toxic masculinity with dangerous consequences—increased violence against themselves (men are four times more likely to successfully commit suicide) and others, especially women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

SOLUTION:
Facilitate healing through online and in-person safe spaces where men and their communities use the power of everyday intimate conversations to redefine masculinity, fostering fearlessness, empathy, and vulnerability at the individual, community, and national level.

“The Pillow Talk Project inspires us all to embrace a new understanding and embodiment of masculinity — not just one of brawn but of fearless empathy, intimacy, and inclusivity, so that we can all heal together.”

About Keith
Battling trauma from physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his peers while growing up, Keith eventually sought refuge in the creative arts to understand, critique, and reimagine the world he lived in.

Now a proud Gates Millennium Scholar and Northwestern University alumnus, Keith was recently hailed one of Georgia’s “40 Under 40,” “Southerner of the Year,” and “The Empowering Educator” after successfully using everyday intimate conversations and vulnerability as the cornerstone of his practice as a teaching artist, village-maker, and researcher.

In addition to his work as the founder of The Pillow Talk Project, Keith serves as program director for Block by Block, a nationally-recognized creative writing and youth leadership program for high school artists, at the Deep Center in Savannah, Georgia; is a National Afterschool Matters Fellow; National Writing Project Teaching Consultant; and Master’s candidate in Educational Psychology.

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SE Forum is partnering with Seeds of Peace on the 2018 GATHER Fellowship. GATHER is the social innovation arm of Seeds of Peace, investing in alumni and other changemakers who have the greatest potential to effect social, political, and economic change.

Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of leaders in communities divided by conflict. Its network now includes nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the US who are uniquely positioned to lead change. The nonprofit was founded in 1993 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Learn more about the Seeds of Peace journey and its impact here.

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