Creating spaces for and sharing collective wisdom is a unifying arc throughout Bloom Network. How can we best make wise collective decisions and take wise collective action together? What are the tools we have on hand to help enable this? And what are ways to support the protection and respect of traditional wisdom, as we collectively share ways to be together that are deeply life serving?
This theme will explore frameworks for collaboration networks across industries, sectors, scales and differing belief systems, to move through today’s complex problems. Tools include wise democracy, conflict resolution, arts based research tools, decentralization, and many other facets of emergent group wisdom. Creating more regenerative cultures is dependent on not just having the answers now, but also the capacity to generate wise answers together on an ongoing basis as circumstances change.
Global Justice is about decolonizing our global power structures to empower equitable leadership and resource sharing. Some central goals of Bloom Network in this area are to support collective liberation and care for our bioregions. We approach this work from a place of love and nurturing, emphasizing the importance of deep listening. The planetary scale, whole-systems container presented at Pollination is designed to shed light into the silo barriers which still hold people in oppression and inequality related to race, gender, class, religious and political constructs.
This working group will look at how to leverage large scale collaboration across social movements and sectors, to improve localized adoption of just, equitable community leadership. From conflict resolution to restorative justice to local production by minority-owned businesses and more.
This focus area will look at preventative and restorative practices that provide low cost opportunities for fostering health in ourselves, our homes, our communities and in our places of work. Bloom’s approach to health is inclusive of the recovery and protection of ancestral health practices, ecopsychology, and holding space for deep ways of knowing and sensing. Psychedelics and their role in the integration of the psyche and consciousness has historically been part of what brings people to our network and will continue to be a strong focus area. We’ll also explore health offerings that reverse the systemic oppression that contributes to violence and disease. Lastly, we will not shy away from acknowledging the metaphysical and spiritual realities that underpin community healing for many of us.
Creating a hub for sharing the latest developments and research in sustainable technology is a critical focus of the Bloom Network. Participants will explore a large-scale view of this content area, with an introduction to recent advances in energy, materials science, and online governance tools, and the broad and diverse range of technologies which support a regenerative society.
Examples that will come to the fore will include community-owned solar and wind power, decentralized energy technologies such as biogasification, liquid democracy and other governance innovations presented by blockchain technologies, sustainable packaging advances and many more progressive innovations.
While these tools are scaling up slowly around the world, they could be more widely and quickly adopted at an appropriate scale and distribution. This focus area will look at pathways to accelerate proven solutions over the 6 months following Pollination.
Artists, media professionals, makers, and creative activists will come together in this stream to dream up how to share regenerative inspiration across the planet. The sky is the limit for what we can conceive of together to instigate action and bring light to places of shared empathy.
Outcomes of this working group could include a monthly mixtape of visionary activist music to circulate throughout Bloom Network and connected networks, or an interdisciplinary group to support artists’ work and provide financial pathways that don’t yet exist in the current gallery and academic ecosystem. What happens if we put artists in all of the topic tracks, to support creative thinking and embodied understanding? Let’s find out! Please bring your creative spark to Pollination and the Bloom Action Incubator, whatever that looks like to you.
The peer-to-peer economy is a model of economic exchange where individuals or organizations interact to buy and sell goods directly with each other, without the need for third-party intermediaries like banks or companies. The slow and steady emergence of increasingly decentralized and human-centered ways of creating, making and exchanging goods and services is collapsing established economic monopolies and overriding the status quo. There is significant potential for bringing the tools and means of production, power and agency in economic networks back to the people, and now is the time to make the most of these opportunities and build better, more functional economic futures.
Bloom Network will explore cooperatives, leading-edge applications of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, collaborative consumption, and other distributed and sharing oriented economic infrastructure. We’ll also practice ways of making and doing that contribute to the growth of a stable and healthy decentralized, regenerative economy.
Earth Stewardship is about positively contributing to care of the earth. Participants will learn simple activities they can do to care for their local places, and together we will deepen our collective efforts towards nurturing the planet.
Movements connected here include environmental activism, indigenous solidarity, food security, community forestry, deep ecology, conservation biology, and sustainable agriculture. We’ll also be sharing economic models for transitioning to regenerative relationships. Collaborating across diverse institutions and community groups will accelerate adaptation as we face the pressures of climate change. The creativity and sense of connection that comes from Earth care will bring inspiration as well!
Earth Stewardship overlaps with the other Bloom content areas in that all our collective activities can be shifted toward creating conditions that support more life and health for our ecosystems.