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


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.

Pollination Labs – Governance Hackathon

The Governance Hackathon at Pollination 2019 explores the questions: How do regenerative collectives work? How do we make wise decisions across multiple organizations and communities? And finally, how does the regenerative collective of Bloom Network function as a cooperative?

We will publish the outcomes of this lab, so that anyone working on incorporating or governing a regenerative collective can reference what we’ve collected and created here.

Session 1: Finance across organizations :: Saturday 11am-12:30pm

Blended finance, multistakeholder cooperatives, bonds, stable currencies on the blockchain, and more. This group will research finance innovations that could be more widely deployed to support regenerative movements.

Session 2: Legal hybrids for regenerative cooperatives :: Saturday 2-4pm

Bloom Network’s collaborations span different types of organizations, including for profit, nonprofit, benefit corporation, cooperative, and non-financial types of organizations.

a) 3 use-cases that are emerging through Bloom Network, as examples of why this discussion is necessary. A hardware product, our webcasts program, and our governance structure itself

b) A DAO can do hybrids. A DAO expert, or as close to it that we can find, will teach people in this session how this works

c) Coalitions do this. Local food movements, community-owned power campaigns, Boston’s Ujima ProjectARMI, a regenerative medicine manufacturing “ecosystem” does this. Co-operative federations do this.

Session 3 :: Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm :: 3 Breakout groups focusing on specific problems

Team A: IP

Project 1) Working on non-fungible token concepts that could help develop P2P markets for designers, fabricators, and artists.

Project 2) Talking through the different IP structures that are needed soon for Bloom Network projects and connected collaborations

Team B: Configuring the Shares Distribution Model for Bloom Network

We would like to allow multiple forms of capital for buying in, and we would like help determining how to configure the percentage of total ownership each member gets, for example if it is weighted according to amount of buy-in and/or other ethical concerns.

Session 4: Setting the agenda for the coming year of the governance hackathon :: Sunday 2-4pm

a) Set dates and scope of each hacking session (virtual and distributed)
b) Determine who we’ll invite and what teams are needed 

For deeper background on what’s going on here, you can check out this blog post.

The Governance Hackathon is sponsored by AragonAragon empowers you to freely organize and collaborate without borders or intermediaries. Create global, bureaucracy-free organizations, companies, and communities.