What Bloom Network Means for Me and the Future

What Bloom Network Means for Me and the Future

by Meg Rivers, Bloom Columbia, Missouri

I find it difficult to put into words what Bloom Network means to me, and why I continue to donate my time, money and effort to this organization.  It has meant so many things.

I believe in evolution, in the sense that I see how all beings grow and change in response to their environment.  Our lives carry a spark from the first life, we are enduring flames which have persevered from Earth’s earliest moments into this present moment today.  We have succeeded in dominating this planet and are some of its most populous beings in terms of the changes we effect. We are able to create new ideas, direct the evolution of Earth’s life forms, and shape the planet to meet our needs.

Much as apes are spontaneously learning to make tools, populations in humanity give rise to ideas that represent an evolution of the human psyche.  Each day the 7.53 billion of us and counting are contributing to a future ecosphere, the place where our children’s children will play, creating fields of biohazard waste, seas of polypropylene, sharp obstacles for the feet of the future, and poisoning the watersheds.  We have the ability to consciously direct what our biosphere becomes, and through the mire of “what have we always done” is emerging a collective vision of what we instead have to do.  

The members of Bloom network, across cultures, languages and continents, share a unity of purpose and an understanding of the urgency to create a future that sustains coming generations.  Protecting our watersheds is paramount to continuing life in the biosphere, retarding the spread of plastic is imperative to the health of our marine life, respecting and fostering Earth’s lifeforms means they can also evolve and someday tell a story to enrich our limited understanding.  We don’t know what life’s purpose is – but we do know that it cannot exist in its current state if we fundamentally alter the chemical structure of Earth’s watersheds, oceans and lands.

The main crisis of Earth’s humanity is one of philosophy, and Bloom offers a path to an evolution of the mind.  Indigenous cultures who grew from land they still inhabit offer perspectives of harmony with the environment that we have lost in our world of global migration.  With their guidance, we support and foster groups around the world that represent and protect the watersheds, educate communities in ways that give back to Earth, and move away philosophically from believing that “the way we have always done it” is the only way we can live.  Humanity’s spark of life thrived for billions of years before plastic, before coal, and can return to lifestyles that foster a healthy biosphere, through innovation in technology and deep societal understanding of interconnected global systems.  

Bloom Network is my proof this cleaner world exists, I am a part of it.  We create permanent hubs of culture that value the future of all life on Earth.  Those hubs influence education, promote innovation, and create safe spaces in a world that suffers, from the widespread trauma of using resources for the good of a few and to the detriment of many.  Humanity has evolved and I believe Bloom Network has the power to draw in others who share this vision of a managed biosphere. It reminds me how many of us have always been working to get there, working to find the minds ready to learn.

Meg Rivers is a co-founder of Bloom Network and works as a senior consultant for Onix Networking. She is also a painter, sculptor, musician, writer, and mother. Cover image is her collage, Heart Falls.

Pollination 2019 Workshop: Buckminster Fuller Institute Reportback on Ocean Health Think Tank Research

With Amanda Ravenhill, executive director, Buckminster Full Institute

This workshop will present Buckminster Fuller Institute’s think tank research on ocean health indicators and initiatives that are well-positioned to repair ocean ecosystems. Followed by an invitation to participants to contribute to the Cooperative Manual for Spaceship Earth.

Comprising 1.3 billion km3 of water, the ocean is the world’s single largest ecosystem and plays a central role in supporting all life on Earth.  Our present moment finds us at a point of current suffering and loss and impending peril. Never before have we had the quality and diversity of tools for sense-making and understanding the declining state of the one world ocean and the potential approaches, strategies and techniques to restore and regenerate its health and fecundity.

There is a tremendous body of literature, science, indigenous wisdom and other ways of knowing, describing, categorizing and picturing the ocean and informing humanity of the states, processes and functions of the ocean and its impacts on all life.  Whereas none claim to be fully comprehensive, some stand out examples that are worthy of review as efforts to repair the “Seascape”

Pollination 2019 Workshop: What Could Migration Also Be?

By Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute

3 20-minute rounds of World Cafe dialogue. We’ll explore the question ‘What are the most creative, life-affirming things you can imagine being done regarding the growing migration crisis?’ When thinking about this, keep in mind migration’s many causes, its many impacts, and any positive possibilities you can imagine, as well as the experience of the migrants themselves.”

After these rounds, we will do a special process to quickly and easily find the best prioritization of action, given the knowledge we gathered together during our dialogues. This process is called “35.” Participants will have 5 minutes in silence to write on a 3×5 card their short answer to the question ”What could be done with the with the challenge of mass migration that would advance the development of regenerative culture?” That is followed by five rounds of rapid card-trading and one-minute deliberations in pairs (two people divide up 7 voting points between their two cards), and then finally we publicly harvest the top vote-getting actions.

We have the possibility to publish everything that is written on the cards, and to share this process to more people to do in short or as a much deeper 2-day deliberative process, to help humanity through this transition as well as to help those of us in stable places to filter through how to make a difference. If you know of resources with great research about migration and what communities and institutions are gathering best practices and possible plans, please send those to production@bloomnetwork.org and we will add them to Pollination’s research and outcomes that will be published after the event.

Pollination 2019 Workshop: Tech Animism and Decolonizing Emerging Technology

by Anthony Sirios West

WORKSHOP OVERIEW

In this talk and the following discussion, I will discuss the potential of emerging technology from a decolonized and pre-imperialist perspective.

– What happens when the desire for power, prestige, and the pursuit of capitalism is removed and these technologies can be truly used for their natural and inevitable purpose?

– The spirit in the machine is inevitability moving us towards a decentralized and sovereign
existence…will we resist it? Or can we set aside our culturally embedded ideology of extraction and use the knowledge of our sovereign ancestors to push humanity towards a golden age of cultural and technological advancement?

To do this we must listen to the internal remnants of our ancestral voices and awaken the knowledge that lays dormant inside all of us. We all crave to be the creators of our own destiny. It is time now for us to work with the technology that creation and spirit is offering us and build a better future for ourselves and the next seven generations.

I will present in depth, the potentials for truly decentralized social media and value exchange systems. As well as the potential of XR technologies to share and transfer information in a truly holographic mode – closer to humanities native cognition. I will explain how these technologies can be used to enhance learning and understanding as well as expand the bandwidth with which information can be shared with one another.

The Objectives of this presentation are to:

● Present an alternative viewpoint on the use of emerging tech for crafting cultural mythology
● Explain the concept of Tech Animism and the importance of maintaining a spiritual relationship with technology
● Bring awareness to the cultural viewpoints underlying indigenous information and governance systems
● Explain how we can merge the realms of indigenous culture and emerging technology to
empower individual and cultural sovereignty
● Raise awareness around the systematic destruction of indigenous cultures and why it is so
important to empower them before they are lost

Pollination 2019 Workshop: The Layered Architecture of Resilience

by Lorenzo Kristov

A framework for exploring strategies for building resilient communities.

Complex living organisms and natural ecosystems embody layered architecture. We live in human-made ecosystems that also embody layered architecture. Resilience is the ability of a complex system to maintain essential functions and system integrity when a severe disruption occurs. Disruptions always have local impacts and require local responses, even when they affect large geographic areas. Resilience must therefore be local and everywhere, and must permeate all the layers. This session offers a system-architecture approach to build community-level resilience in concentric layers. The first or central layer of the human-earth system is me, the individual person. Next is my household, then my block, my neighborhood, my city, my bioregion, my state, and so on. Each layer has its own resilience strategies, and what happens in one layer affects the other layers more or less, especially adjacent layers. All layers involve human interactions and thrive on social and economic interdependence.