By: Zoe Krasney
Nina Simons is the co-founder of Bioneers, a gathering of social and scientific innovators that focuses on furthering a cooperative global culture while fostering sustainability and collaboration.
Zoe Krasney: Am I using the correct term when I say “eco-feminism?”
Nina Simons: I think that’s a really great question. Actually, it gives me the opportunity to say something here that I wanted to as a prefacing remark before jumping into to something more specific. I see my work at the Moonrise Program within Bioneers as having really two parallel purposes. One of them is to encourage and liberate the experience of leadership in women and girls. The other is to help restore the feminine to a place of better balance within us all. The fact that someone is in a particularly gendered body doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to behave with more or less feminine or masculine attributes. I think there are women out there that are perpetuating patriarchal biases and practices in some of the worst ways. At the same time, there are men who are leading from the heart with a sense of embodied intuitive wisdom. So I think we need to be careful about gender absolutes. I see the work of this time as really about redefining what leadership means and looks like, a process in which I think women are playing a primary role. And about rediscovering what the masculine and feminine look like so that each of us, despite our temporary gender assignment, can respond to the urgent calls of this time from a place of full-spectrum human behavior.
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