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The guys behind the 'men-only' co-working space explain their thoughts on domestic violence prevention

Screenshot: Nomadic Thinkers/ Facebook.

Social media went crazy yesterday when Junkee published an article about a new “men-only” co-working space that aligns itself with domestic violence prevention.

On Junkee’s Facebook page people have called the founders “pigs” and “chauvinists”, saying their attitude toward domestic violence against women is “toxic masculinity” and “a weak excuse”.

The backlash is intensified by an ongoing debate in Australia’s startup ecosystem that it is dominated with male leaders, as well as when domestic violence is at the front and centre of federal politics.

Just last week prime minister Malcolm Turnbull described Australia’s domestic violence rates a “national shame”.

Today Nomadic Thinkers released a statement apologising for making it seem “that we trivialise the significance of domestic violence”.

“Our intention is and has always been to highlight the seriousness and social costs of these issues, and take an immersive and proactive approach towards action,” it says.

“We believe that our space that combines mental, physical and social stimulation will be a catalyst for impact amongst the men of our community. Impact that is not reactive but also preventative.

“We look forward to continuing this conversation on how we as a society can address these serious issues in a way that builds and grows.”

Here’s the statement in full.

One of the great achievements of startup culture is its ability to change the way people do things.

The aim of Nomadic Thinkers is to take this operating model and use it in a social setting to disrupt the way male related social issues are being addressed.

Firstly, we would like to acknowledge the public anger as a result of a Junkee article on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, it has come across that we trivialise the significance of domestic violence and depression. We would like to express our apologies as this is not the case. Our intention is and has always been to highlight the seriousness and social costs of these issues, and take an immersive and proactive approach towards action.

We acknowledge all of the fantastic work that is being done in this field, but look to these key facts when defining our purpose:

1. The #1 cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44 years is suicide (Man Up 2016)

2. On average, 1 in 8 men will have depression at some stage of their life (BeyondBlue 2016)

3. Domestic Violence is still trending at the same rates over the last 10 years with little improvement (Cussen & Bryant 2015)

4. There are issues with men accessing tradition support services due to stigmatism and ingrained culture (BeyondBlue 2013)

In recognition of all of the above, we believe that our space that combines mental, physical and social stimulation will be a catalyst for impact amongst the men of our community. Impact that is not reactive but also preventative.

The reality is that our framework was always going to be a source of contention. However, we had hoped for constructive and meaningful conversations. Our Social Impact Framework white paper is

our way of demonstrating to the public the genuine intentions of Nomadic Thinkers, see it at http://www.nomadicthinkers.com/social-impact/.

We look forward to continuing this conversation on how we as a society can address these serious issues in a way that builds and grows.

Please refer further media enquiries to:

[email protected]

Sincerely,

The team at Nomadic Thinkers

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