Distributed Manufacturing // Bioregional Production

This wiki article is the anchor for Bloom’s ongoing topic of Distributed Manufacturing and Bioregional Production, or more simply, Localized Production. Every six months we host a webcall on this topic featuring movement leaders, and we document the projects and practices that are shared during it. We might eventually break this out into specific wikis on each topic, as there is so much happening within each of them. Enjoy these absolutely inspiring projects and practices. We encourage you to find the ones happening in your region or start one, and you’re always welcome to start a local Bloom chapter to help bring people together around localized production where you live.

Reports and transcripts from calls so far: August 17 2020, with guests Kevin Carson, Josephine Watson, and Lorenzo Kristov.

 

Regional Agriculture

These are simply a handful of organizations we’ve come across. There are surely similar groups all over the world. In Africa there are regenerative agriculture and permaculture farming networks that teach families and neighborhoods to do smallholder ag and rainwater catchment instead of monocropping. In South America and North America, there are networks supporting Indigenous communities to acquire seeds that their ancestors would have traditionally grown for food sovereignty. There is also a whole field called “landscape restoration”, where people create integrated crop businesses to bring back forest or degraded lands, in collaboration with NGO’s and corporate sponsors.

Organizations

3D Printing & Micro Manufacturing

      Networks of makers use 3D printing to localize production of common manufactured goods. There are people connected with Bloom who are making apps to connect these kinds of products to help people transition to localized economies in affordable ways that build relationships among neighbors and across a region.

FYI it’s possible to 3D print with hemp plastic, technically biodegradable if you have access to a commercial composting facility that gets hot enough to break it down.

 

  • Open Source Ecology – open source industrial machines
  • Open Source Medical Supplies
  • OpenStructures is a framework to allow interoperability between different projects. It’s like a common design language so that people can easily federate different local manufacturing projects. 
  • MakerNet – helping Makers and Makerspaces thrive and evolve into an interconnected ecosystem of skills, tools, resources, and ideas
  • Lulzbot – 3D printer using open source software and hardware

 

[forthcoming blog post] Vision for converting malls to local maker oases – community use centers with food, healing and arts cooperatives, and shared toolsheds.

Electricity

 

Organizations

  • Democratising Energy with Lorenzo Kristov, electrical engineer who works with city and state agencies, power companies, and citizens to transfer ownership of power to neighborhood and civilians.
  • Our Power Campaign – one of the things this campaign does is push against the installation of new fossil fuel plants in low income communities of color, and install community-owned solar plants instead.
  • Geli – decentralized energy storage solutions

Cooperatives

Cooperatives are a form of business that encourages community ownership over resources and self-sovereignty with labor relationships. They’re an excellent way to support localized production, and they can federate together to reduce risk and pool purchasing power, etc. Usually in a cooperative, each worker has a vote in the direction of the company. It tends to make healthier and more effective relationships between managers and employees, reducing inefficiencies and improving culture as well as equitable financial dynamics. Cooperatives are also more resilient to collapse. If a business is going under, one option is to convert it to a worker owned cooperative instead.

Organizations

  • Cooperation Jackson – commons space local economy with micro manufacturing, community land trusts, etc.
  • Mondragon – federation of worker cooperatives based in the Basque region of Spain, and internationally

Recycling

Precious Plastic – neighbourhood scale plastic recycling – transform plastic into useable objects

Community Call Videos

Community Call Videos

Greetings blooming ones,

Here are a few recordings from Bloom’s monthly Community Calls. To view the whole archive, join as a member of Bloom. We ask for a small monthly subscription to help cover costs of coordinating these calls and instigating regenerative actions around the world. You’ll find blogs and wiki posts related to most calls on our website under the resources section.

Future Economies 2020 with Shavaun Evans, Nathan Schneider, and Manual Maqueda

Protocols for the Decentralized Web, with Pospi of ValueFlows

Mitigating Climate-Related Disasters with Sister Pat Bergen and Kyle Leach.

Bloom Governance 2020

# Bloom Network

Created using https://communityrule.info/ 

## Basics

What is the basic structure of the community?

Bloom is (functionally) a member cooperative with working groups, local chapters, and a Wisdom Council.

What is the community’s mission?

Our mission is to connect and support regenerative culture makers.

What core values does the community hold?

Community values include peer-to-peer leadership, autonomy, regenerative cultures, restorative justice, and mutual support.

What is the legal status of the community’s assets and creations?

Bloom is currently a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is fiscally sponsored by PlanetWork (they have a tax exemption which allows us to accept tax-exempt donations). We have plans to formalize a hybrid entity.

## Participants

How does someone become a participant?

People and organizations participate when they attending a local or online event, contribute to an action, and/or become a member. People or organizations become a member by paying a monthly fee. For individuals, this is $10 or more, or $5 low-income. For organizations, this is $20 or more, or $10 low-income. Membership perks are listed at https://bloomnetwork.org/become-a-member 

How are participants suspended or removed?

The process of suspending or removing participants is in progress through members collaboratively writing the Vibrant Heart of Bloom, our code of conduct: Currently, when a participant is creating significant disruption that negatively affects the well-being of other participants or reduces the effectiveness of the community’s mission together, the Community Team has autonomy to suspend or remove the participant.

What special roles can participants hold, and how are roles assigned?

Roles: Members can participate in working groups, propose to be a working group lead, lead an action, form a leadership team for a local Bloom chapter, or volunteer locally or internationally to support the health and effectiveness of the Bloom cooperative and its participants. Members can also request webinars on specific topics for peer education and collaboration, via the request form on the members portal.

Are there limits on the terms or powers of participant roles?

Leadership roles are typically assigned slowly, as trust and experience is built in community. Local Bloom leadership teams have a yearly review evaluating their ongoing status. Term limits and specific power definitions/limitations are not yet defined.

Local Bloom leads sign a use of name contract granting permission to use the brand and outlining the expectations of mutual support between the local Bloom and Bloom Network. The Community Team receives inquiries and reviews applications for this role. 

To approve the assignment of a new working group lead, 3 of 4 of the following positions must agree to it: the Community and Admin Team leads, along with any two members of Bloom’s current legal board.

“Teams” generally do Bloom Network operational work. “Working groups” are more like people coming together to share best practices around certain topics, or develop protocols that will be utilized by the broader movements contributing to regenerative cultures.

Bloom Network’s Wisdom Council is the decision making body that votes on any decision that significantly affects the whole network, such as a change to our legal entity status. The Wisdom Council will include a set of local organizers who have been with Bloom for at least five years, and will include two newer organizers and two advisory members, or something roughly like that. Currently, the Wisdom Council is a fuzzily defined set of elder organizers that the working groups consult with as needed and as available, and is not a formally operating leadership body. 

## Policy

What basic rights does this Rule guarantee?

Bloom Network’s policy creation process is currently being designed by everyone actively participating in Bloom Network, with research and inspiring examples aggregated here:
Bloom Governance Whitepaper Draft

## Process

How does the community manage access to administrative accounts and other tools?

Administration/tools account access: Currently, the Admin Team lead and the Community Team lead have access to all administrative accounts. If another working team member needs to access a tool, either of these team leads sends them the login via encrypted message. Local chapter leads have access to shared design assets and customizable flyer templates, etc.

How does the community manage funds and economic flows?

Funds management, at current stage of underfunding:

  1. Currently Bloom receives approx. $250/mo in donations. This covers our required technology subscriptions and fiscal sponsor fees. Revenue over this amount, but under $2,000, is held for process 5 below.
  2. Funds that are raised for a specific project, under $5,000, are required to go toward that project’s budget.
  3. For funds raised as larger amounts, 10% is required to go toward paying down debt owed to contractors from 2018-2019.
  4. Contributions over $10,000 require the negotiating team to consult the partner engagement policy and communicate any red flags to the Community Team and Wisdom Council.
  5. Payments/expenses are evaluated according to an ongoing transparent process of “taking stack” of which contractor and/or expense has priority. Currently we are small enough that this is an open negotiation with the 2018-2019 contractor team still owed, with the current working group leads, and at least two members of the organization’s legal board. 

This is Bloom’s current research and plan for how to manage funds and economic flows as a community in the future. Intentions include member dividends, member-driven participatory development/budgeting, and more.

Where does the community deliberate about policies and governance?

Currently anchored in the google doc linked above, with ongoing video conversations within and adjacent to Bloom, and through our platform design process anchored at https://bloomnetwork.org/the-decentralized-web-for-regenerative-projects/ 

How are grievances among participants addressed?

Participants experiencing conflict consult the Vibrant Heart of Bloom (code of conduct) for tips on addressing challenges directly. If participants need or prefer third party assistance, please contact a member of the Community team to arrange a facilitated discussion. Deeper guidance and methodologies are listed in the Vibrant Heart of Bloom.

##Evolution

Where are policies and records kept?

In Bloom Network’s Google Drive in the nonprofit reporting folder and governance folder. Policies that regularly need to be accessed by the community are visibly linked to in the navigation tab on our website. Suggestions for transparently giving members or the public access to policies and records are welcome.

How can this Rule be modified?

Members may request to modify this ruleset by contacting the Community Team at community@bloomnetwork.org. Bloom Network’s legal process with our nonprofit is adjusted by amendment to the bylaws by the board of directors.



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Bloom team receives award for Top 100 Marketing and Advertising Leaders

Bloom team receives award for Top 100 Marketing and Advertising Leaders

Bloom Network’s ECO (executive creative officer), Magenta Ceiba, was recognized as one of this year’s Top 100 Marketing and Advertising Leaders, by MADcon, a global gathering of brilliant minds that are passionate about marketing.

This has been a team effort developed over thirteen years of relationship-building, creating, and sharing with each other as an international network. Many talented designers, artists and marketing brains have contributed, including:

Hannah Mitchell, Boris Iskhakov, Sobey Wing, Brandon Ancier, Meg Rivers, Maya Zuckerman,
Mira Melaluca,Jessica Perlstein, Matthew Howell, Kristin Maher, and Andrew J. O’Keefe,

as well as many local Bloom organizers whose events, art, and networking expertise connecting different social movements in their regions, all contributed to our collective sense of aesthetic and communications strategy. Together we hope to help match the huge public interest and need there is for regenerative solutions, with the tens of thousands of initiatives around the world who have been building them for decades underground and in tiny pockets of subculture.

It’s clearly time… to Bloom!

You can participate in the fun by becoming a member of Bloom as we develop our cooperative approach to this, or by contributing a donation to help us get started. While we have our strategy dialed in, we haven’t yet lept through the portal to our first round of funding to help this all pop off. Once we start having budget for staff, you will experience the most wonderful monkeywrenching marketing alternative that the world is thirsting for.

Fundraiser for Qwitchen

Fundraiser for Qwitchen

Qwitchen sticker
Qwitchen sticker in herb bundle at Pollination 2019

After Bloom’s first conference last year in San Francisco, we still owe the amazing catering crew $200. Will you help us make that goal, or beyond?

The Qwitchen supports radical food justice through community cooking and health food redistribution. They are currently preparing and distributing food for front-line and vulnerable people affected by the pandemic in Oakland, California and the surrounding East Bay. Qwitchen stands for queer witch kitchen. They support queer-owned farms around the Bay Area, and create food, herbal, and beauty products in ways that support queer ecologies and queer ways of caring for each other and land in community.

They are truly wonderful people. The meals they provided during Pollination: Regenerative Futures Summit nourished and inspired everyone to do the deep relationship building and collaborate intellectual work we did throughout the weekend

All amounts donated, including if we go over our goal, will go straight to their efforts.

You may also write a check. Make it out to Planetwork (they are Bloom’s fiscal sponsor), and write Bloom Network in the memo line. Mail to: Bloom Network, 855 Hanover St #1458, Manchester, NH 03014.