Executive Creative Officer (ECO)
Magenta is a co-founder of Bloom Network. For fifteen years, she has been producing events and facilitating coalition building to support resource sharing across movements and sectors. She helped design the decentralized leadership and regenerative business model for Bloom. She is the backend engineer for the network, connecting together different tools and methodologies to straddle digital to physical, led by local leaders on the ground.
Magenta trained for three years with Radical Women which trains women to be leaders in the movements. She was drawn to Bloom Network through psychedelic mushrooms, and is passionate about legalization of entheogens with respect for the autonomy of indigenous peoples who steward their habitats. She is the host of two podcasts: Bloom Podcast and Psychedelic Cultures. She has also served as editor and curator for Aorta Magazine, featuring queer, transgender, feminist artists. Her former career was as a classical pianist. Other interests include machine intelligence, watershed restoration, and napping under trees.
AVM Events & Retreats
With a career spanning over a decade in the travel industry and event production, Alexis Van Meeteren has found her passion in organizing events and activities that support positive environmental and social change while also providing a container for people to explore their passions and purpose. She is passionate about permaculture based farming and earth stewardship, and loves producing events, summits, and festivals that help to educate people on this and regenerative culture as a whole.
Alexis has a luxury hotel background that has given her a sharp eye in the detail needed to provide an experience that caters to every desired need. With her transition from hotels to curating impactful events and experiences through her event production company, AVM Events & Retreats, she has had the opportunity to partner with a multitude of high-end brands and corporate clients, bringing fresh and creative designs to their events.
She started to hear a calling for her work to serve a greater purpose, and with farming in her blood, she was driven to further explore an interest she always had- permaculture design. After completing her Permaculture Design Course, she had the breath of a re-envisioned purpose and mission fill her. Upon learning more about the severity of the critical state our planet is in, along with some solutions, she was compelled to share and spread this knowledge to help restore the Earth’s natural cycles and do her part in pushing for positive change.
With this new mission, Alexis is very excited to partner with Bloom Network and help plan their inaugural Pollination summit.
Hannah Mitchell is the Community Support Lead for Bloom Network, helping coordinate our growing online community focussed on regeneration activities in local areas. She has gathered her experience from living and working in 5 different cities in 4 countries (Auckland (NZ), Dublin (Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland), Sydney (Australia) and Whangarei (NZ).
Hannah loves community building, and has been part of working with deliberative democracy and community participation in lots of different ways. Hannah is passionate about children and their use of public space. She advocates for better city design that allows children to be independent from private transport and have better access to wild spaces.
Hannah was New Zealand’s first “Child Friendly Cities” Coordinator, which works to bring UNICEF’s Convention on the Rights of the Child to life at a city level. The Child-Friendly framework can be used to design cities where people of all ages thrive. During this role she helped her city of Whangarei become New Zealand’s first official signatory on the Child-Friendly journey. Along with this work Hannah has a deep interest in working with the original aspirations of New Zealand’s founding document Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi. The envisioned leadership was a is 50:50 – Maori:Pakeha (non-Maori) governing model, which has never been enacted. You can read more about Hannah’s thoughts on Child Friendly Cities at www.childfriendlyfutures.com.
Hannah is also an artist, focusing on fabric/textile art. This art work is in the style of an ever-evolving nature temple installation, with the art pieces designed to hang in a forest, creating an art piece that is a walk-through experience. Key elements in Hannah’s work are: a feminine space where men are welcome, the use of traditional sewing techniques, connecting with ancestors, the use of ‘doorways’ to drop into space, environmentally sustainable sourcing of fabric, a quiet, reflective space for individual contemplation, areas within the space for group work and private healing sessions. You can see video and pictures of Hannah’s art at www.hannahmitchell.art.
Admin & Governance
Tamsin Young is a freelance producer with hundreds of events under her belt. Starting out her events career working in both operations and programming with Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival and collaborating on the Banksia Award winning, Sustainable Events Planner, building collaborative teams to produce extraordinary results has always been close to her heart. Currently working with numerous large-scale public and sporting events, Including Vivid Light Walk, Roller Derby World Cup, Meredith Music Festival, and White Night, she is excited to see the Bloom Action Incubator unleashed.
Head of Growth and Client Success, Merkaba Media Agency
Kristin is a communications specialist and event producer focused on regenerative, transformative event design and planning. After an advertising internship at Rolling Stone kicked off her love of event promo, she graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. She began her career in Global Research & Analytics at PR agency FleishmanHillard NYC and eventually moved to California to work in Strategic Planning at SF advertising firm Camp + King (AdAge Small Agency of the Year), working for clients like L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Monsanto, Verizon and Pfizer along the way. After a series of transformative experiences motivated her to walk a different path and apply her skills to facilitate transformative events instead of feeding into the profitability machine of major corporations, she became a fully remote independent freelancer and founded Merkaba Agency, Inc. She works with organizations around the world to plan, produce, and market festivals, conferences, retreats/workshops, benefit galas/fundraising events and performances. Kristin is on a mission to serve as a connective force for the regenerative culture movement.
Facilitation and Experience Design Team
Mira Melaluca is a co-founder of Bloom Network. She is an artist inspired by a huge range of interests including visionary art, surrealism, psychology, cross cultural views of the self, dance and performance art.
Principal, Magenta Wisdom
Co-founder and Research Director, Co-Intelligence Institute
I evolved from being a progressive activist in the 1960s to addressing the systems – structures, processes, dynamics, narratives, etc. – through which our societies address ALL the issues, challenges, and possibilities we face (which are growing in scope, complexity, and significance – as in existential! – with every passing day!). My three decades of research indicate that it is possible to generate collective wisdom from informed generative conversations among a group of ordinary people and/or a broad spectrum of relevant stakeholders – if wisdom is defined as taking into account what needs to be taken into account for longterm broad benefit – and that that capacity, fully adopted and empowered, would constitute an unprecedented evolutionary leap. I have written four books on this topic and created a major database of interrelated design principles and methods for weaving all this into reality. I am an independent scholar, writer, networker, and visionary, not an academic or organizer. The watershed event in my life was the 400 person 9-month cross-country Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament in 1986 which, after its founding nonprofit went bankrupt 2 weeks into the March and left us with no formal leadership or resources, restarted itself in a leaderless/leaderful self-organized mode and arrived in Washington DC with 1200 people. The fact that hundreds of unrelated people could self-manage an enterprise of that length and complexity opened me up to many developments in all sectors that could enable such dynamics at all levels of society, ultimately informing and inspiring my vision of “wise democracy”. On a more personal level, I’ve lived in the same Oregon co-op household for 17 years and lived in other intentional living situations previously. I have a 42 year old daughter Jennifer Atlee – a green building professional and community resilience and climate justice activist – who taught me about deep ecology at the age of 12 and introduced me to the regenerative culture worldview several years ago. My only granddaughter is her 5 year old Iris. I’ve published a lot of articles online and in alterative journals and had many interviews and done a dozen or so workshops. Things seem to be getting better and better and worse and worse faster and faster. I think our collective chances are slim but our possibilities are immense.
Besides being NewStories’s Executive Director, I design and facilitate conferences, retreats and long term collaborative initiatives – sometimes called Labs – with and among organizations.I also design leadership and facilitation trainings based on adaptive leadership and integral frameworks. I’m a certified conflict mediator and I like supporting organizations in creating safe spaces for men and women to work together.
I’ve always been passionate about hosting people and creating spaces where everyone, no matter what ethnic or socio-economic background, gender, sexual orientation, age or belief, feels included, has a voice and the conversation leads towards wiser collective action. My work is about creating the condition for better relationships which will lead to better results.
More here: http://www.newstories.org/team/simone-poutnik/
Incubator Design Team
Founder, Social Innovation Collective
Mansi is a community weaver and systempreneur. She brings a rich background with cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary experience of over 10 yrs including 6 years of working in social impact with innovation labs all over the world including – China, Japan, Australia, Chile, Peru, Cyprus, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, USA, India, UAE, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. Through her consulting practice, she has built capacity in organizations like Facebook, Salesforce, Wells Fargo, Accenture, Box, Microsoft, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente and also at the grassroots for refugees from South Sudan in rural Kenya and with silk weavers in cow sheds in rural Thailand. She currently has ongoing impact strategy projects with the MIT, UN Mandated UPEACE, USAID, Engineers without Borders, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Ashoka Changemakers and Fellows, Acumen, and also community organizations like BK Foundation, Impact Hub and Gooddler Foundation. Mansi is also an educator at Stanford University and leads curriculum design and delivery on social innovation for SPCS as well as for General Assembly where she trains professionals from all over Silicon Valley. She is also a judge for the annual Evolutionary Future Challenge that identifies and incubates ideas that address complex, systemic issues in ways that involve intentional redesigning of worldviews, cultures, and institutions.
Mansi has in her toolbox – Experiential learning journey design and facilitation for mindset-shifts, Human Centered Design/Design Thinking, Behavioural Economics, Regenerative Design, Circular Design, and Systems Thinking.
Founder, Collective Creativity
Kristian Simsarian is an award-winning designer and leader. He is an expert in technology, education, and innovation. As an executive leader at the design innovation firm IDEO, he led the creation of the digital design practice which helped fuel the growth of IDEO into the largest design-led innovation consultancy in the world.
He has a Ph.D. in human-robot collaboration, an exploration of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and applied ethnography. At age 25, an international committee of scientists selected Kristian as one of a dozen NATO distinguished fellows in robotics. In the 1990’s because the money for AI and robotics was coming from the military, Kristian moved to IDEO in 2000, a firm known foregrounding human-centeredness and declining military work.
As a consultant, Kristian has worked with just about every type of organization, from Microsoft to the NIH, to P&G to The Institute for the Future to Greater Good Science Center along with several universities and startups. From this work, he holds several patents and design awards and his work has appeared in NYT, Business Week, Huffington Post, along with several best-selling business books on innovation.
He is the founding chair of two innovative STEaM academic design programs and was part of the founding faculty team at Stanford’s d.School. His students are developing next-generation design leaders in the Silicon Valley and beyond with increasingly senior positions at Google, Facebook, IDEO, Apple, Amazon along with the next purpose-driven startups to impact our lives. In order to scale these valuable learnings he partnered with Don Norman to create an Introduction to Design on Udacity that had over 100,000 enrolled students.
His quest for a spiritually integrated life has brought him to a cave ashram in the Himalayas, a forest monastery in Thailand and several other places one might not expect to find an Ivy-league robot technologist and designer. He has cultivated a 25-year yoga practice where he strives to comfortably touch his toes.
Recently he founded a new consultancy, Collective Creativity, dedicated to using technology and design-driven innovation to help amplify the effects of purpose-driven organizations who are working on pressing complex social challenges. He does this through systems-level transformation, regenerative mindset and by increasing the overlap of wisdom and technological innovation. Ultimately, he is committed to augmenting our collective human and social capacities to increase global creativity, justice, and democracy. He lives with his wife and daughter in a finally fixed up Victorian in San Francisco.
I am a teacher, writer, entrepreneur, coach, and consultant. Through my work I seek a quantum leap for a just, wise, life-nurturing, and ardent society.
I love helping other visionaries, innovators, and entrepreneurs make the world a better place -embracing a holistic definition of success that encompasses the entire web of life.
I started my first company in California in 1998 and I have a strong background as an entrepreneur and innovator, a serial NGO founder, and a transformative organizational consultant. I have helped numerous organizations launch, raise money, pivot, build strong value propositions, and find their own path to success.
I hold a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Law Degree. I teach Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Berkeley, and at other international business schools, including some rated in the top 3 in the world. I am a certified Executive Coach, a member of Social Venture Network, a founding member of the Bay Area Wellbeing in Business Lab, and a mentor for The Venture, a global social business competition awarding 1 million dollars every year.
I am the Founder and CEO of KumuThrive, a San Francisco Bay Area capacity-building firm, and of its nonprofit arm, Kumu. In addition I am the founder of other NGO’s, including Plastic Pollution Coalition, Plastic Kills and Midway Journey.
I am also the author of the forthcoming book The Meaning Economy, about how meaning is transforming the economy, and our future.
Jessica Perlstein is a visionary painter and digital artist who designed the beautiful flowers you see throughout this site, as well as the header graphic on the main Bloom Network website that depicts a futuristic version of San Francisco. It’s an illustration for the film of The Fifth Sacred Thing, a book by Starhawk.
Darpan Kalyani is a visionary landscape architect who designed the exhibition booths for the full version of Pollination to happen in 2020. Hexagon-shaped booths with lattice honeycomb walls will form this play space for inspiration and innovation.
Webinar Producer, Diamond Heart Approach
Head of Growth, Rockbot
Institute for Evolutionary Leadership
Fyodor Ovchinnikov is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership – a social enterprise that builds leadership capacity in public, private, and social sectors to address world’s pressing challenges through cultural and institutional redesign. Besides that, as Lead Instructor, Mentor, and Board Member of Oakland’s award-winning cooperative business accelerator Uptima Business Bootcamp and the main driving force behind Academy of Management’s prestigious Entrepreneurship Practice Award Fyodor helps define and promote the role of entrepreneurship in creating a more just, sustainable, and flourishing world.
Bloom Network Wisdom Council
Senior Consultant, Onix Networking
Meg Rivers is a software trainer and instructional designer for the world´s oldest Google partner, helping end users overcome obstacles to understanding technology. She is also an independent researcher and visionary artist working on visual displays of alternative models of biological evolution, hypotheses such as ¨photosynthesis as sight¨ in the plant and fungal kingdoms, and is currently writing a book on dreams as a method of information storage and recall. She has been a part of Bloom network since its beginnings in 2009 and is the creator of a transcendental new story of Adam and Eve named ¨Linda and Martín in the Garden of Light and Land¨.
Gardener, Deep Roots Organic Garden Services
Jana is a coordinator for Bloom Victoria BC and co-founder of Bloom Network. She works as a gardener for her partner’s business, Deep Roots Organic Garden Services. Over the past year, she has been studying soil microbiology under Dr. Elaine Ingham and is learning to restore soil and regenerate healthy ecosystems, and is developing a business model to bring this knowledge into her work and larger community. She also loves cats, motorcycles and rock n roll.
Magenta makes things for collective liberation. Executive Creative Officer (ECO) of Bloom Network.
Special Thank Yous
Pollination and Bloom Network were founded by former Evolver “Sporeganizers”, who produced community events for the Evolver online social network than ran from 2007 through 2012. That network was based on 1) “The Augmented Social Network” white paper written by members of LinkTank, which formed through the first International Planetwork Conference in 2000, and 2) the original Evolver project which was a visionary print magazine and a nascent concept for a collaborative action and business network. From it emerged a global community who wanted to meet in person to share ideas and create innovative civic actions together. Thank you to the founders of both iterations of Evolver for helping us find “the others”.