What does it mean to be a man today? Where are the everyday examples or maps to manhood for men and young men? Join jeff perera in an exploration of ways forward towards emotionally healthy and helpful versus harmful ideas of manhood.
Higher Unlearning is an online space to discuss how – instead of our climb up the Ladder of Manhood – men and young men can embrace a full, whole idea of manhood. We’ll look at everyday situations and scenarios men and young men encounter, ask the hard questions, and lean into our discomfort (where the real learning and unlearning happens).
We will go there, let’s go there together.
about jeff perera
In a time of divides and tension, it is time to build bridges of understanding across our oceans of difference. We need to inspire Men in an engaging way to ‘Be The Lesson in Action’ and strive to become models of possibility for other men.
Jeff is a speaker, writer and facilitator, who since 2008 has delivered keynotes, talks and workshops for tens of thousands of people across North America and beyond about healthy vs harmful ideas of manhood, race and gender, masculinity, empathy-building, and men helping end gender-based violence. Whether in the boardroom, on campus, or the locker room, we need more examples of positive ways to be a man today.
He delivers interactive talks for team leaders and groups within various organizations, conferences and community spaces, as well as grade school, high school, college and university students. Jeff discusses how society’s unattainable and harmful ideas of masculinity impact people of all genders, as well as ways forward and positive maps to manhood. From Rogers Media, Vidyard, Canada Post, to numerous post-secondary spaces, Jeff creates space for people of all genders to discuss how we can ‘be the lesson in action’!
Jeff contributes articles to Huffington Post and has delivered two TEDx talks on Masculinity and men’s troubled pursuits of identity: Words Speak Louder Than Actions looking at the power of gendered words, and The Ladder of Manhood which explores the male pursuit of identity and how too many men are fluent in a language of violence. Jeff started Higher Unlearning as an online space to explore how ideas of gender and masculinity impact us in everyday life. Jeff previously worked at the White Ribbon Campaign and with Next Gen Men, has organized dozens upon dozens of gender/masculinity-related events, founded and curated the first four ‘What Makes a Man’ discussion-focused conferences, and was event director for the first TEDxWomen event in Toronto, Canada. He was named to Racism Free Ontario’s Top 100 Person of Colour list spotlighting anti-racism activists.
Together let’s discuss Healthy vs Harmful Masculinities, ‘Men Building Empathy Muscles’, ‘Mindful Manhood’, or ‘Men Striving to Be an Ally!’ Together, we can create brave spaces for real discussion, and inspire people to challenge our gendered ideas of success and failure.