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Nick Clements

Author of The Alpha Wolf, a novel about the modern man's journey from immaturity to maturity

Nick Clements is an author, consultant and workshop leader using creativity to address social and environmental problems. His unique techniques enable thousands of people to move through personal development to recognise their benefit for the wider community. His work remains a benchmark in his field, in recognition of his outstanding contribution he was made a Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University in 2009.

He has written three books on masculinity and is available to facilitate groups and workshops on such issues. His latest book is a novel on masculinity 'The Alpha Wolf' which is available from Roundfire Books and his website:
http://www.nick-clements.com

Gender Equality - More Than Just an Ideal, a Game Changer

There has never been a war between the genders, we have always been capable of friendship. Men and women need each other too much, together we create our species, one gender has never been more important than the other.
06/08/2015 14:29 BST

Gender Stereotypes - I Blame the Parents

We bring gender baggage with us at all times, and consciously and subconsciously we cloud our children's world with subtle and not so subtle messages. Many parents who think they are gender unbiased, actually aren't.
31/07/2015 17:27 BST

Neuroscience and the Similarities of Gender

For me, modern neuroscience has thus far identified one definite difference between our brains - on average men's are slightly larger and weigh a little more. This is because men are on average slightly larger and heavier, doh!
27/07/2015 14:37 BST

Real Men - Behaving Bravely

In order for us men to move on from behaving badly we need to explore how we become more mature, and by doing so manifest a braver and more authentic masculinity.
28/04/2015 15:07 BST

Three Generational Men

As a culture we expect our boys to become men without assistance, whereas we could all do with help, guidance and support. These qualities are best imparted by someone who has 'been there and done it', and such mentors can help fathers as well as teens.
12/12/2014 02:24 GMT

Billy No Mates

In 2004 I embarked, somewhat foolishly and naively, on a journey to write a trilogy of books about masculinity. In 2013 the third book was published, I sighed in relief, they had consumed nine years of my life. During the writing hiatuses I would tour a one-man show in which I experimented with concepts and ideas for the books. Those were tough times.
03/10/2014 16:49 BST

Men Will be Boys, and Boys Will be Men

By remaining boys, we are able to pursue very selfish lives, full of ambition, competition and ego. This is promoted as an ideal, a role model or template for boys to follow. This fixed and inflexible view of masculine is nurtured by our culture, by the way we teach, by the media, by our drunken peers, by so many different means. However, it is not our nature.
16/09/2014 14:21 BST

Glass Ceilings For Women and Glass Floors For Men

I think the majority of us want to see positive action against the 'glass ceiling' for women in the corporate world. It's about time sensible people ran our big corporations. However, we have an equally divisive 'glass floor' for men, which is not recognised, and yet it is causing just as much damage.
15/08/2014 13:53 BST

Wannabe Hippies Are Us

You can't call yourself a hippie unless you were between the age of 16 and 25 in the year 1966. These were the definitive age restrictions my grey haired yurt dwelling crustafarian friend gave me. He then explained how he could cut that down even further, a true hippy attended two crucial events.
07/07/2014 16:01 BST

Gambling Is a Losers Game

Since the inception of the National Lottery gambling has rapidly become acceptable and part of our everyday lifestyle. This has spawned a multimillion pound industry, very cleverly dividing us into gender gambling, woman using bingo, men betting on sport.
02/07/2014 11:55 BST

Heroes of the World Cup

These democratic heroes are also reminding us of the interconnectedness of this struggle. It is a global issue, particularly when it comes to football. The pampered players ride in their bulletproof luxury coaches with police guards through the devastating poverty of the major cities of Brazil.
16/06/2014 15:40 BST

The Suicidal Society

We are a happy and simple people, that's all we wish for. I've never been to your lands, but I can feel what you are doing. It feels like a very grim, unhappy place where you live. You must only ever talk about death.' The Eastern European shaman was talking about the Western European culture.
09/06/2014 15:02 BST

The Irrational Fear of Foreigners

We are an island race, this means we have always been proudly independent, and also completely reliant on integrating foreigners.
02/06/2014 16:12 BST

Fight, Flight or Tend and Befriend?

A new theory is starting to gain strength in terms of our behavioural responses to threats. It stems from the difference in female and male response to stress. I think this new work strikes a very potent cord, and actually could be an important turning point in our connection to the world.
06/05/2014 15:36 BST

Rites and Wrongs

In some sense the skills taught created the man. A young boy would struggle to learn all such skills on his own. By teaching them, the older men speeded up the learning process. The boy recognised he needed to be taught how to become a man, and the process was valued.
01/05/2014 12:59 BST

Making Mistakes Is Good for You

As we grow up we have this natural behaviour suppressed. Schools encourage children not to make mistakes, to get things 'right'. This continues through into the world of work, where the making of mistakes can be criticised and mocked.
07/04/2014 14:45 BST

The Compassionate Gaze

At the recent 'Being A Man' conference on the Southbank the mostly male audience were asked how many of them instantly made a sexually loaded assessment of any new woman they were introduced to. Well over half raised their hands. The unasked question was not addressed to the women in the audience, how many of them...I'm not sure we are really that different.
19/03/2014 12:55 GMT

Fathers and Nappies

There are three types of fathers when it comes to nappy changing. Those who don't and won't, those who will, and those who are excluded.
13/03/2014 12:49 GMT