“Competitor Matrix” but not really.
We were asked to audit our competitors for our thesis projects. Although I don’t necessarily have competitors because I am not looking to build something that is profitable, I nevertheless gave it a go.
This is ran by Alison Armstrong, who has been designing and leading transformational programs for adults for over 20 years. She founded PAX Programs with the mission of “altering society’s culture by transforming the way women relate to men.” With programs specifically designed for men and women that claim to be “lively, fun, often hilarious, and designed with deep transformation and immediate impact as a priority… [participants] leave with new perspectives and new tools, and leave behind old wounds and the residue of failure and frustration.” Workshops range from one to five days and prices also fluctuate from on the low end ($495) to exorbitant ($5000).
Sleep No More
Sleep No More adapts the story of Macbeth, deprived of all spoken dialogue and set primarily in a dimly-lit, 1930s-era establishment called the “McKittrick Hotel”: the website of which claims it has been recently “restored” but is actually a block of warehouses in Manhattan, transformed into a hotel-like performance space. Sleep No More’s presentational form is considered promenade theatre, in which the audience walks at their own pace through a variety of theatrically designed rooms, as well as environmental theatre, in which the physical location, rather than being a traditional playhouse, is an imitation of the actual setting. It is also best described as immersive theatre, rather than interactive theatre, because although the audience may move through the settings, interact with the props, or observe the actors at their own pace, their interference has no bearing on the story or the performers except in rare instances.
Was an immersive installation by Pedro Reyes located in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and marked the confluence of two events haunting the American cultural imagination: Halloween and the presidential election. Provoking what Reyes calls “political catharsis,” this immersive artwork distilled the horrors of our political landscape into the form of a haunted house, inviting the viewer to navigate a maze of near apocalyptic torments, from climate change to pandemic gun violence to GMOs. Visitors to Doomocracy worked their way through a labyrinth of rooms, exploring the depth and breadth of American political anxieties. It offered the perfect platform and location to create real dialogue around the contemporary state of global and US politics.
Next Gen Men
Fosters a fun, safe, and welcoming space for boys and men to explore masculinity, health, and relationships, and create lasting and meaningful friendships––building a strong and supportive community that shares our values and vision. Their programs disrupt the prevalent ideas and misconceptions about what it means to ‘be a man’ today. Moving beyond stereotypes to engage, educate, and empower boys and men to make a positive impact on their communities.
Gender Equality Incorporated
A five day course designed to equip participants with practical tools and tips to integrate and address gender equality considerations effectively into their programs and across their organization. They use real case studies to highlight what you should do and what you should be looking for as you work on gender equality initiatives across various sectors and regions.
W.A.G.E.S. — Workshop Activity for Gender Equity Simulation
WAGES is an experiential learning activity designed to educate individuals about the sources and cumulative effects of unconscious gender bias that good intentions alone cannot prevent. It delivers well-documented, empirically-based information in a brief and interactive format. Elements of the activity allow for direct comparison of gender-specific realities in the academic work environment. The activity is self-contained, takes approximately 90 minutes (including post-activity discussion and debriefing), and does not require special skills of the facilitator. The activity has the specific focus demonstrating the bias that women of color and white women face in the academic workplace, however the thematic content of WAGES is applicable to men of underrepresented groups as well.