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Nina Simon @ninaksimon Santa Cruz mountains

Spacemaker & CEO @ofbyfor_all. @ashoka fellow. Designer, instigator, and advocate for community-driven institutions. And treehouses.

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Joined Twitter 3/21/07


After the murder of Breonna Taylor, Louisville city council has just voted 24-1 to INCREASE the police budget by $7… https://t.co/LW81WNT80y
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6/30
2020
“What would America be like if we loved Black people as much as we love Black culture?” —Amandla Stenberg Watch Ar… https://t.co/nH9tS6EXtC
Retweeted by Nina Simonif you are a white person, this is a time of intentionally relinquishing power, or having it pulled out from under… https://t.co/o1cL1CeeSb
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6/28
2020
This is important. The Colored Girls Museum and The Paul Robeson House & Museum are two esteemed Black-women founde… https://t.co/FDGEMMSuo1
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6/27
2020
It's about time someone told the truth. It is rare for an institutional curator to call out White supremacy public… https://t.co/UCMXcVNKc3
Retweeted by Nina SimonThis is hilarious. And by hilarious I mean heart-piercingly painful. https://t.co/nFfKzyJAb8
Retweeted by Nina Simon @allanmcintyre Thanks for sharing! FYI the assessment is now LIVE and FREE for anyone at https://t.co/exLPVMMYLD
6/25
2020
Thanks to @mjmichellekim and team for working up this list of Black-owned DEI firms, which you can also find on our… https://t.co/GwV7W5j4Rv
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6/23
2020
My dad called on father's day to crow about the fact that his band headlined an Al Franken joke about Trump's low r… https://t.co/BFfUzS70r0
6/22
2020
Social Change Fam: Many of us are trying to figure out our roles right now in the fight to #DefendBlackLives. Often… https://t.co/N7FqFRYA0u
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6/21
2020
Arrest the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor. It has been 98 days. She deserves justice. Jonathan Mattingly, Brett H… https://t.co/QoKrKWKu3R
Retweeted by Nina SimonHappy Emancipation Day! Just a few facts:The US was 3rd to last in the Americas to abolish slavery. The Emancipat… https://t.co/tfrAaQa0uG
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6/19
2020
Another powerful story about racism and tokenism in the arts and the way #covid19 is being used to deepen and paper… https://t.co/sbE3Y4DGq1
6/18
2020
@AndreaMontielS Your bravery, thoughtfulness, and eloquence deserves to travel as far as possible. I hope you are e… https://t.co/HBGiqVpnpaQuite a number of my peers are considering what diversity & inclusion means at their museums. I'll make it simple f… https://t.co/NKGVnvcqPs
Retweeted by Nina SimonA must-read for museum folks and people who care about creating and holding cultural spaces of belonging. https://t.co/jyk1MPBSHm
6/16
2020
Tired: “I oppose abolishing the police and defunding the police.” Wired: “I don’t know enough about alternatives t… https://t.co/xTCWjhdNQZ
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6/14
2020
@jp_exhibitsvcs @raineytisdale Keep asking the questions “what practices are you changing?” “Who are your board me… https://t.co/mC7ADmjtld
Retweeted by Nina Simon @CuratingCamille It’s maddening. And - Your response was powerful. Your labor & brilliance is valued by me and many… https://t.co/APlh2P9mRN @tararobertson Me too. And relatedly: how have I avoided or rejected invitations to be accountable? @pablitasan You just inspired me to write a set of tweets about a white fragility version of this experience. Sendi… https://t.co/ac02fBkPGPThat’s what it means to me when people say, “when Black women are free, we all get free.” Do it for Black women. Do… https://t.co/G62vsIt6FUI think we should all care deeply about fighting white supremacy because of the suffering and death and terror and… https://t.co/E9pv4Kefu4While people are hurt by white supremacy and by our complicity with it. Not as victims of harm, but as perpetuators… https://t.co/00VpVHfGiaI bring this up NOT because I was discriminated against, but because this woman was expressing white fragility—and… https://t.co/oASQRD060y20 years ago, I got into Berkeley for electrical engineering. On a visit, a white lady in the office told me, “you… https://t.co/OgUIMB1F7mMany BIPOC are sharing stories of how racism and white supremacy make them feel unwelcome and excluded from academi… https://t.co/SDubdAbrZ9 @pablitasan And that girl probably never thought about it again.If you‘re unsure what it looks like when white supremacy f***s over BIPOC museum staff, buckle up & check out… https://t.co/bsm3Qe6PlG
6/13
2020
Sending love to staff members at orgs who are feeling re-traumatized, helpless, and furious at org leaders rn. Imme… https://t.co/HHQEGkvaZo @pablitasan Yeah, it’s kind of got to be a merciless switch to work well. When we started using slack 5 yrs ago at… https://t.co/a5amtdXAFa @pablitasan We switched to all slack for internal communication 5 years ago and I would never, ever go back. My inb… https://t.co/7XoE3zy8dI @SaraPhalen I was there 48 hours ago. Now way better. Rest & leaning way into the discomfort w others made the diff… https://t.co/x4at4AbOL6
6/12
2020
@evangelestia this is a good place for white people to step up, so the convo is not seen as “YOU’RE taking this fro… https://t.co/TIX7DtN7ck @evangelestia Most people who claim reverse discrimination etc. have no model for power analysis. They see all peop… https://t.co/E0wSR5KP20 @AMTransparency As a former museum director, here’s my take: all staff bring assets. A good director can be a light… https://t.co/TVdxMXGJSRInteresting to consider when faces are the story and when what they are chanting (and writing on signs) is the stor… https://t.co/a1hIVSqgNeHi White People! I want to tell you something. It's the second week since the explosion of this round of protests.… https://t.co/4iIpzfAVKI
Retweeted by Nina Simon @littlegreenamy @OFBYFOR_ALL @DanaSaylor My pleasure, Amy! I'm so glad it was activating for you... I look forward… https://t.co/tNz1QSqxiM#1 on the NYT bestseller list this week. This was certainly not expected more than two years after publication. I w… https://t.co/3CyqpffI7d
Retweeted by Nina Simon @KevinBuist Sending you love for now.
6/11
2020
Amazing storytelling, important story. Thank you @michaelharriot https://t.co/9FRbaSvxTcSome good folks involved in this free event today, esp the brilliant @bamuthi >> https://t.co/6yBEGVDRlC @nowpresspause @OFBYFOR_ALL @WOCAonline thank you for sharing. This is intense and important.Powerful thread from Black people and people of color in UK-based charities/foundations/non-profits. As they reques… https://t.co/mBked2Iif8
6/8
2020
@CabinetofCurios @ohwitchplease What episode would you suggest to a newbie to get a sense of it? Start at the start or somewhere else?People with disabilities in front of the white house chanting "sign her name" #BlackDisabledLivesMatterhttps://t.co/xASjegJKff
Retweeted by Nina SimonThis is a powerful essay. It inspired me to make a donation. While a bit tipsy. Not sure I’ve donated drunk before… https://t.co/BRLqsHCXFc
6/7
2020
White people: We gotta talk about burn out. You aren’t conditioned to be thinking about race this much because of y… https://t.co/9f7c2OVvr9
Retweeted by Nina SimonA thread of positive change that is happening because of the protests:
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6/6
2020
@HistoryGonWrong If you need a white person to field questions from white people who are taking up space you need f… https://t.co/AGsrybdjULGood EDI consultants are slammed right now - and my guess is they're going to be very discerning about new clients… https://t.co/G7kxtCJVAHA friend asked me today if I had any good BIPOC EDI consultants to recommend for his company. I do. But I also sugg… https://t.co/1qQQKJggAGAs I read these action items, I felt called to reach out to arts orgs in particular. At my former museum, we often… https://t.co/kGqMdU4vQMMany cultural orgs celebrate milestone institutional birthdays with fundraising campaigns, galas, and emails. Today… https://t.co/7S8do4vsZCWe just dropped 2 more resources from behind the scenes of Upwork's accelerated Black #diversity, #inclusion and… https://t.co/5gsQkINBaI
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6/5
2020
Read @chaedria's powerful story and consider what role you play in experiences like hers. Are you erasing Black lab… https://t.co/SpH7yYf3nSThis framework for action was made possible by extraordinary leadership and labor of Black people and people of col… https://t.co/w7iAfCCNfU @addyeB Stay safe in the storm. I’m here for you and will be thinking of you.
6/4
2020
Some of you may feel tired and saturated but we ain’t done yet... so here’s a thread on how not to be a performativ… https://t.co/muZ20XHZda
Retweeted by Nina SimonPowerful, useful words from @Aplums22 re what museum leaders can do to center the priorities of black staff and sta… https://t.co/uOE7uIXwrlI wanted to share my baby sister, Candace’s Etsy Page. My sister is a seamstress and has spent much of her time cre… https://t.co/RvPtxODy5z
Retweeted by Nina SimonDid you sign a petition? Did you donate? Did you participate in a protest? Did you educate someone? Did you spread… https://t.co/3ouMCEHsnN
Retweeted by Nina SimonIf you are an ally and feel frustrated because your employer is not taking action, do not underestimate your own vo… https://t.co/21fDDG3GgL
Retweeted by Nina Simon @JessDJefferson This is a gift. Thank you. Sharing and donating.Hey ya’ll! As we support Black companies and creatives and more using #BuyBlack, I want to highlight Black museums… https://t.co/WBBa0gu4xi
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6/3
2020
Statement from our team: Activists in hundreds of cities are speaking out against white supremacist violence. Our… https://t.co/IJTkcvZ2CR
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6/2
2020
Today we launch Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities tal… https://t.co/cRTFF24kfe
Retweeted by Nina Simon @rrabino6 Yup. Interestingly at the end of this conversation my kid asked to hear the story of Exodus again.
5/31
2020
@shineslike There are definitely lots of good books shared by @consciouskidlib - https://t.co/4JNasPODsG We looke… https://t.co/PbGf5bJvMONormalize the idea that you, as a white family, might fight for justice. If you have a daughter, like me, you’ve pr… https://t.co/t2RJV03QVNYou can also take small actions together. Make a family donation to @MNFreedomFund. Put the phone on speaker and ca… https://t.co/UwbrphvqlwNone of this is to say we’re good at this. We aren’t. But we know we have to be proactively talking about race and… https://t.co/y2nt9lAYURWe talked about Amy Cooper. We talked about how to not become an Amy Cooper. We talked together about ways we could… https://t.co/F2UoJ1X0KfLast night, we talked about George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery with our 6yr old. She burst into tears. We kept talking,… https://t.co/jvrBfis5mcWe’ve been pushing ourselves to talk about racism with our daughter since she was about 2. We thought about our bla… https://t.co/MYso5bnlG0Fellow white parents: talk with your kids about racism and racist violence. They are not too young. It’s like tal… https://t.co/9nVyQZOkOG @KevinBuist Yup.
5/29
2020
@Sarah_J_Reed yup! Revisioning Relevance (for orchestras): https://t.co/cgwYbUEd5o Belonging (for Operas):… https://t.co/VKDDSsSuLSOh, and here are free recordings of a couple of my virtual talks this week: Revisioning Relevance (for orchestras… https://t.co/Rp1HZAeWdUWho feels a sense of belonging depends partly on whether you see names only, names and orgs, or names and faces. In… https://t.co/mhhdvf6LYAWell-moderated panels are easier in Zoom than live. I was on a six-person panel (😱) that went GREAT. The moderator… https://t.co/XsCBbXiqaMYoutube live-stream chat was far more active, and exclamation-ful, than w similar # of people on Zoom or custom pla… https://t.co/fG34EYL1MRI did five virtual keynotes and panels this week. It made me think about the subtle ways platform design influences… https://t.co/5u0PjH0ypj @LangeAlexandra This is hilarious! When I read The Power Broker, it was a library hard copy. It weighed roughly a… https://t.co/YBCtHQEAPbOMGGGGG + also the question, Do lady politicians not pose with the Power Broker? 🧐 https://t.co/IgivqGNJD7
Retweeted by Nina Simon @PLinett @OFBYFOR_ALL The panel was REALLY hot. Many brilliant speakers, and the conversation was real and honest a… https://t.co/kGDIkpXy9v
5/28
2020
@Kathryn_Welch_ @OFBYFOR_ALL Nice! Yup, the redwood forest is a beautiful place to live. I feel lucky every day.… https://t.co/6TVGoc0rZM @Kathryn_Welch_ @OFBYFOR_ALL Actually it's usually very freaking hot! That's our kitchen. Gets tons of light, and… https://t.co/JcO3xQqlqSToday at 2pm ET - free live-streamed panel on BELONGING featuring 6 leaders of color from opera, orchestras, and th… https://t.co/LoP7AI4fpx
Retweeted by Nina Simon @fribban @OFBYFOR_ALL I'm so glad to hear it was inspiring! Yes, I'm a big fan of listen listen LISTEN to communiti… https://t.co/wnI0IFqGZ4What can you do if you are white and want to fight white supremacy and violence? Many things. Educate yourself. Adv… https://t.co/zMObZCDWOVThere is a difference between "need to change" / "want to change" @ninaksimon. The first step towards change and tr… https://t.co/GaSLyHdgBA
Retweeted by Nina Simon @fribban @OFBYFOR_ALL Thank you! It was an intense morning to turn on my computer and see these very awake people s… https://t.co/uEpnTVyEiDBecause of #covid19, I’m doing a lot more virtual @OFBYFOR_ALL keynotes for far-flung audiences. As some of you kno… https://t.co/pJN1BvK2V4
5/27
2020
"What wasn't working for you before the pandemic? What was unjust, what did you never want to go back to doing? Ask… https://t.co/wq3cMh4LAS
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5/26
2020
@artlust See also: you’ve changed my mind.These volunteers are doing great work to support people who work in museums who are struggling. They are intentiona… https://t.co/DFUJmC21av @AnitaFelicelli Have you read How to Do Nothing by @the_jennitaur? There’s a great chapter in there about the power… https://t.co/TWBsTNPXiC100% agree. Wing Luke Asian Museum (Seattle), Anacostia Community Museum (DC), and the ecomuseums across Mexico a… https://t.co/onrsPSiQnG
5/23
2020

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