Paul Elam: “Greetings one and all to the XY Crew Jamboree attendees!”


A message from Paul Elam:

“As is the prerogative of men, we have changed our minds about the location of this summer’s Jamboree. After a unanimous vote during one of our planning sessions, we have decided that the event will take place in Des Moines, Iowa overlapping with the Iowa State Fair. The dates have also changed to accommodate fair attendance. The Jamboree will take place on August 15-21.

We have arranged a nice hotel in the area. They are happy host an XY Crew event and have given us discounted rates and several other bonus features for the duration. Soon, I will be posting a booking link to reserve your room(s), which must be done by August 1st.” 

If you’re interested in attending, or if you have questions, please let Paul know soon at 

Budapest conference.

[Update, 14 April: Ticket sales are on hold pending an announcement shortly – by 26 April at the latest, as previously advised – on whether the conference will go ahead as planned.]

A promotional video (17:01) was published on 12 March 2024, featuring Mike Buchanan (conference host and co-MC), Paul Elam (co-MC) and Janice Fiamengo (keynote speaker).

This conference is being held 10 years after the first in the series in 2014, held near Detroit and hosted by Paul Elam, the founder of A Voice for Men and An Ear for Men.

We have an outstanding selection of speakers and a Guest of Honour, Matt Goodwin, a British professor of politics. As well as the talks, attendees can also be sure of enjoying the socialising which is such an important ingredient in making these conferences the successes they always are. It has been said that attending an ICMI is the best investment a man can make in this male-hostile world to improve his mental health.

We strongly urge you to order your ticket(s) no later than 12 April, 2024. We need to be confident we’ll sell enough tickets to make the conference financially viable. We urge people to order tickets as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment if and when tickets sell out (as they have for almost all ICMIs).

The decision to proceed (or not) with the conference will be taken no later than 26 April, and revealed in a new blog piece on this website. Ticket buyers and other attendees will be informed by email. If the conference is cancelled, ticket buyers will receive a full refund.

It is important that you don’t make financial commitments to travel or accommodation before we’ve confirmed the conference will go ahead.

Please send any queries to Mike Buchanan (