Which is why for this, our inaugural Good Men of the Year list, we’renot celebrating memorable personalities, newly minted pop-cultureicons, or 15-minute men. This was a year of unprecedentedchallenges, and it cried out for
men.Men who inspired us to do better.Men who wouldn’t settle for incremental improvements—and whowere willing to make sacrifices for bona fide progress.Men who embraced failure as a necessary ingredient in their success.Men who would rather be called an asshole than ineffectual.This year, it wasn’t just our ideas that mattered, but how we sharedthem. Our networks—from an online community of innovators, toeducators on neglected blocks in Harlem, to a civilization 2,000 feetunderground—became catalysts for change.We learned that the smallest germ of an idea could grow contagiousand develop into a viral phenomenon. So we rolled up our sleeves,opened our computers, and started to think.What follows are just 10 of the many men who made their world abetter place in 2010. So tell us: who would be on your top 10 list?