Colin Stokes applies communications strategies to make social change and to help organizations fulfill their missions. At Citizen Schools for eight years, and now at The Achievement Network, he uses the principles and tools of storytelling to support innovative models for fighting inequity in public education in the U.S. Thanks to the TEDxBeaconStreet community, he has recently become a public speaker on popular culture, parenting, and social injustice. His talks have been viewed more than 2.5 million times, and he has worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios and on the “Ban Bossy” campaign with LeanIn.org
and Girl Scouts of America to adapt the talks for training purposes. His first career was as a stage actor, specializing in musicals and Shakespeare. He lives with his wife and two children in Brookline.
MOVIES AND PARENTING
Reflections on watching movies with children lead to questions about representation and privilege beyond gender. What does mainstream culture tell white children about the world?
HOW MOVIES TEACH MANHOOD
When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.
Read more about the talk on Colin’s blog.
“Seek out the heroines who show real courage and bring people together…A real man is someone who trusts his sisters and respects them.”
From The Hidden Meanings in Kids’ Movies, TEDxBeaconStreet 2012