In 2004, The New York Times Magazine called the Harlem Children’s Zone one of the great social experiments of our time. Today it can hardly be seen as an experiment anymore—it’s an off-the-charts success.
For this, our inaugural Good Men of the Year list, we’re not celebrating memorable personalities, newly minted pop-culture icons, or 15-minute men. This was a year of unprecedented challenges, and it cried out for good men.
This phenomenon—the sharing of ideas across the global community—isn’t just cool. It isn’t just entertaining. It’s objectively, undeniably good.
The national conversation Savage sparked gives voice and a permanent resource to closeted and openly gay youth—and the people who care for them.
To be sure, it hasn’t all been rainbows and sunshine since Obama took office. But the president’s victories in 2010—fulfilling three key campaign promises—solidified his status as a man capable of effecting serious change.
David Beckmann, president of “organized ‘give a damn’” Bread for the World, was the recipient of the 2010 World Food Prize.
Behind the wrestler’s chair-bending brawn is a crusader for literacy, education, and the end of sexual violence against women.
Even under such inhumane conditions, their duty, selflessness, and composure reminded us that when life is at its worst, we can still be at our best.