Home > What Could Possibly Go Right? Interview Series > Episode 11: Nina Simons: Shifting Our Culture from Death-Affirming to Life-Affirming

July 16, 2020

Nina Simons considers our question of “What could possibly go right?” from her view as Co-Founder of nonprofit, Bioneers. As she does a joy dance that the not-so-great normal may be over, she shares these thoughts:

  • That COVID-19 is presenting an opportunity to shift from an “I” consciousness to a “We” consciousness; to recognize we are all one family on this Earth.
  • That a culture informed by patriarchy, capitalism and an extractive economy has oriented us towards activity and what’s outside, rather than reflection and what’s on the inside. 
  • That there is a gift in having to shelter in place, allowing time for becoming more mindful of our inner state which can bring us into action in a whole different way.
  • That our capacity to feel joy is related to our capacity to face the challenging, dark stuff within.
  • That the Just Transition model recognizes the full interdependence of economy, ecology and culture; describing how we can shift from a system of extraction and exploitation, to one centered in caring, well-being and regeneration. 
  • That the absence of travel has meant a growing tendency to localize, to get to know our neighbors and to increase involvement in local politics and issues. 
  • That there’s an increased awareness that everything has always been uncertain, despite the illusion of certainty and security.
  • That it’s not just about reclaiming power from the top, but for many in the middle range of having power and privilege to be willing to give something up and take risks for change.

About Nina Simons

Nina Simons is co-founder of the nonprofit Bioneers and serves as its Chief Relationship Strategist. She is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about the power of women to transform the world, reaching racial and gender justice, indigeneity and rekindling a sacred relationship to nature, while co-creating a just transition that’s regenerative, loving and peaceful. She speaks internationally and co-facilitates transformative leadership offerings that integrate Relational Mindfulness, Restoring the Deep Feminine and The Work That Reconnects.  Nina co-edited Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and recently wrote the award-winning book Nature, Culture & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership. She was named a recipient of the Goi Peace Award in recognition of her pioneering work through Bioneers to promote nature-inspired innovations for restoring (reciprocal relationships among) the Earth and our human community.

bioneers.org | ninasimons.com

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