Ben Hurst

Campaigner against toxic masculinity

Ben’s work focuses on challenging traditionally toxic forms of masculinity, and exploring ideas of minimum standards and positive masculinities. He is the Head of Facilitation and Training at The Good Lad Initiative (GLI) and coordinates their workshops in schools and universities. Ben also works with Fearless Futures, an Anti-Oppression organisation, delivering Diversity and Inclusion workshops in corporate spaces.

Ben is the Founding Director of SPACE for PSHE which functions as an independent PSHE provision for secondary schools, facilitating important conversations with young people around Relationships and Sex, Race and Power, and Gender Equality. Ben is also the Co Founder of D/ecology. D/ecology exists to facilitate conversations about decolonising shared spaces. D/ecology are currently running training and events on Critical Whiteness and Anti Racist Practice for activists and allies in Scotland, as well as a series of Diversity and Inclusion workshops and consultations with Glasgow Museums.

When not working, Ben is an aspiring photographer. He shoots on his subjects on 35mm film because it forces him to slow down. Ben also forms one third of DJ collective, Scotch Bonnet, who create safer party spaces and for QTPOC communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

If you could change one thing about the world through your work, what would it be?

I would give men of all ages access to safe, facilitated spaces where they could work through their patriarchal hangovers with people who would guide them with care and ask the right questions.

Favourite TED Talk:

Tony Porter
A call to men

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