Maniphesto was started as a partnership with Alexander Bard and myself in 2016. After some years, we grew to a state where I realised there
Conversation with Michael Bang, Secretary General of Danish Men’s Council, in the light of the recent documentary on DR1 “Mænd er Jaget Vildt, Signe Molde
Hi, I'm Paul.
I am the founder and leader of Maniphesto. This is me and my three sons on our homestead.
When I started this work in 2016, I set myself the mission to “restore manhood”. I was a political scientist, a highly successful entrepreneur, cosmopolitan, progressive, liberal and atheist.
I quickly found that there was only one thing that I really could change and restore – myself. Thus, it is primarily my own life which has been transformed on this journey.
In seeking answers to what it means to be a man, I realized that growing in maturity required personal, embodied experience combined with ancient wisdom. In 2018 I had a personal encounter with God which led me to converting to Orthodox Christianity in 2019.
In Orthodoxy, I found a complete anthropology and cosmology which not only had formed the basis of the beliefs we have today about manhood, but also perfectly described the challenges we are facing as well as their solutions.
Today I am 41 years old, married with three sons and live on a small homestead in the Danish countryside, working full time on Maniphesto. I run Maniphesto Core, our platform for online men’s mastermind groups and I engage other thought leaders in discussions in order to bring together the men and the ideas which will enable us to create a new story about men. I also co-host a podcast for Christian men, As Iron Sharpens Iron.
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