Even before a pandemic changed everything, we were living in turbulent times. Extreme partisanship defines politics in many countries, inequality grows even wealthy countries, and faith in institutions is diminishing. How do museums create environments of trust, especially where there are histories of distrust, victimization, and oppression? In this episode, we speak with Dina Bailey, former Director of Methodology and Practice for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and Tim Phillips, founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict, to consider what we can learn from transitional justice approaches when addressing the painful legacies of the past.
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Dina Bailey is the former Director of Methodology and Practice for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Before joining the Coalition, Dina founded Mountain Top Vision, an independent consulting company that continues to work with organizations as they strengthen their commitment to being more inclusive. She has been the Director of Educational Strategies at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Director of Museum Experiences at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She is currently serving on the boards of the American Association for State and Local History and the American Alliance of Museums’ Education Committee.
Tim Phillips is the founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict, a non-profit organization that works with civic, non-profit and community leaders to address conflict and promote social change in the United States and abroad. Since 1992, Beyond Conflict has created powerful and innovative frameworks to open pathways for progress in peace talks, transitions to democracy, and national reconciliation in the aftermath of division and violence in over 75 countries. Tim led efforts to catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. He has also advised the United Nations, the U.S Department of State, and the Council of Europe.
Here are some resources that Dina has connected with recently:
Anneliese A. Singh, Derald Wing Sue, et al., The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing
David A. Treleaven, Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing
Elif M. Gokcigdem, Fostering Empathy Through Museums
Howard J. Ross, Michael Puttonen, et al., Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives
Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Anti-Racist
Ijeoma Oluo, Bahni Turpin, et al., So You Want to Talk About Race
Jennifer L. Eberhardt and Penguin Audio, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People
Monica Sharma, Robert Sherwood, et al., Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents
Patrick Lencioni, Charles Stransky, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
Paula S. Rothenberg, White Privilege
Resmaa Menakem, Cary Hite, et al., My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World And Me
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