Opportunity to join the Bloom team

Bloom Summit Sponsorship Executive Role Description
​Bay Area, California

Bloom Network is producing a conference in San Francisco in September to bring regenerative culture leaders together to collaborate on solutions to common problems, share ideas and resources, and inspire each other.

Our production team is an experienced crew of large-scale conference and festival producers, and we’re looking for an experienced sponsorship executive to join the team. You can read more about Bloom Network’s mission and culture on our about page.

The conference will be an immersive, participatory event featuring think tanks, interactive art and healing, the formation of working groups that will have the support of an incubation team post-conference, and a marketplace featuring regenerative solutions among Bloom’s 7 key focus areas: collective wisdom, global equity, community health, the creative arts, sustainable technology, peer-to-peer economy, and earth stewardship. There will also be a governance hackathon, delicious food, celebration and more!

The role of the Bloom Summit Sponsorship Executive will involve overseeing the sponsorship and exhibition sales strategy and execution for the Bloom Summit event, including:

  • Taking the prepared sponsorship briefs and working with the event producer towards developing a sponsorship and exhibition strategy based on clear KPIs
  • Working with the event producer and graphic designer to design tailored sponsorship collateral and agreements and ensuring that this collateral is complete for our needs
  • Generating sponsor lead target lists and working through phone based and in person outreach with lead targets
  • Ensuring that sponsorship revenue meets or exceeds targeted KPIs
  • Connecting all confirmed sponsors and exhibitors with the sponsorship logistics manager for ongoing event management and working in partnership with the sponsorship logistics manager to ensure that all needs are met
  • Handling any sponsor and exhibitor related enquiries throughout the duration of the event production cycle, maintaining positive relationships with current and potential sponsors and exhibitors
  • Acting as one of the main points of contact for sponsors and exhibitors at events onsite to handle sponsor liaison and foster strong client relationships

This role will be compensated with a 10% commission and $20/hour, with the Bloom Summit targeting over US$350,000 in sponsorship and exhibitor revenue. There would be the opportunity to earn up to US$35,000 in commission meeting targeted KPIs, and significantly more if these KPIs are exceeded.

To apply, please send a cover letter telling us why you’re a perfect fit for this role, along with your resume to community@bloomnetwork.org

Tech Tools for Cross-Organization Collaboration

Over years of working on grassroots and multi-sector community networks, I’ve found a common need for online collaboration tools, yet no solution that exactly fits the need. I’ve been watching the development of various platforms: Hylo, xPollinators, Scuttlebutt, WeCo… But nothing yet has all the functionality we need. This September, Bloom is producing a conference and think tank in San Francisco, which will begin the coordination of international working groups focused on regenerative culture solutions. For this, I actually have to solve the online collaboration problem, now. I think I can string together what we need using a few different cloud software tools. Eventually I would like to see this solution packaged into one thing. 

We need to be able to collaborate across different organizations, and generally the tools we need are a mash-up of CRM, project management suite, and social networking, along with a public-facing wiki for groups to share documentation and resources.

I thought I’d share my research process, since I know many organizations who would also like a solution to this problem. Below are the tools I am currently researching, with the goal of bringing a proposal to our team next Friday, January 19.

Do you work in a community that has a good online collaboration setup? What do you use and why do you like it? Please let me know.

Thank you,
​Magenta Ceiba

Decentralized Collaboration Platforms:

FreedomCoop
https://ocp.freedomcoop.eu/freedom-coop/

Collective One
http://www.collectiveone.org/#/landing

Comakery
https://media.comakery.com/about

Sourceforge
https://sourceforge.net/

Bitmind
http://bitmind.co/
(stalled/stopped development?)

Networking

Features we need: Profiles that are searchable by: role, industry, interest…

CrossPollinators – local organization matchmaking
https://thexpollinators.com/thexpollinators.com/

Etouches – event registration and networking
https://www.etouches.com/event-software/module/eSocial/

ProFinda – very API integratable 🙂
https://www.profinda.com/

Pathable – event networking
https://pathable.com/

Brella – event networking
https://www.brella.io/

Bizzabo – event networking
https://www.bizzabo.com/

Scuttlebutthttps://weblog.masukomi.org/2017/12/26/getting-started-with-scuttlebutt/
https://www.scuttlebutt.nz/

Huddle – document collaboration
https://www.huddle.com/

Team Communications:

We currently use Slack

Rocket Chat
https://rocket.chat/

Loomio
https://www.loomio.org/

Github – collaborative software development tool
https://github.com/business

Project Management

Confluence
https://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/features

Flow
https://www.getflow.com/

Basecamp
https://basecamp.com

Asana
https://app.asana.com/

Taiga
https://taiga.io/

Wiki

Aragon‘s wiki design is my favorite so far (apparently it’s via Github). We might go with their governance software for our decentralized global governance.
https://wiki.aragon.one/ 
+ their whitepaper: http://wiki.aragon.one/documentation/whitepaper/

I also like this layout, and their company structure: Weco
https://www.weco.io/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6S61HejjzA

General Resources for Open Value Networks

Good overview of commons based peer production
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons-based_peer_production

Great open value network focussed wiki
http://valuenetwork.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

Amazing wiki on Open Company formats
https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Open_Company_Formats

Bloom Podcast: Robin Gunkel, Bloom Baltimore

Bloom Podcast: Robin Gunkel, Bloom Baltimore

Click to hear Robin Gunkel – Mushroom City Art Festival

This episode is with Robin Gunkel, Bloom Baltimore organizer, poet, and academic advisor. We talk about her experience this past summer with a training and retreat organized by CoRenewal, called the New Moon Mycology Summit. Robin also shares about this year’s Mushroom City Art Festival and a bioremediation project that she and fellow organizers are doing in Johnston Square in Baltimore.

This quote sums up the vibe of the interview: 
“I’m seeing regenerative culture as part of grandmother culture… Seeing an interconnected thread and seeing how the work we’re doing is intergenerational. That we’re processing trauma that has been passed down to us, and we’re also building a world for future generations. Recognizing the larger mycelial tapestry that we occupy together
.”

I hope you enjoy this beautiful mesh of an interview.

If you would like to support Robin and the civic mushroom festival she organizes, Mushroom City Art Festival, please make a donation at http://mushroomcityartfestival.org/ – (the donation link is in the footer at the bottom right).

Here are links to projects Robin refers to:

CoRenewal
Mushroom City Art Festival
New Moon Mycology Summit, August 29 – Sept 2 2019. (check out the 2018 class descriptions!!)
Fantastic Fungi Film

?Question?
Do any of you know of a resource online for learning about mycroremediation and oil spills? We’d love to include information on this in the Bloom Wiki that will go live in January. Here is one article that gives more details if you would like to nerd out about it.

Mush love,
Magenta Ceiba
Bloom Podcast host and editor

Music credits:
Beyond the Bridge, Adam Elim
Bloom, MaMuse

Bloom Baltimore: Mushroom City Art Festival 2017

Bloom Baltimore: Mushroom City Art Festival 2017

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Every year Bloom organizer Robin Gunkel in Baltimore, Maryland produces a festival all about mushrooms. Thanks to support from Free Fall Baltimore and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.

With both a focus on personal and planetary healing, Mushroom City Art Festival is an informative and interactive exploration of mushrooms with foraging, identification, cultivation, and psilocybin research all part of the event. Sculptures and paintings inspired by this mysterious, mycelial life form are featured alongside hands on workshops and educational discussions revealing the many real world applications for mushroom cultivation in contemporary urban life.

You can get involved through these platforms: Mushroom City’s Website :: Facebook

Here’s what Robin had to say after the event: Mushroom City went really well yesterday, and I am so excited for the conversations and connections. I feel like I’m just starting to see what a Bloom Network vision can look like. This needs servant leaders working to empower others, and I am perceiving how community can form around regenerative culture through cultivating fungi and beginning to address local ecological challenges. Wouldn’t it be amazing to start a mycoremediation collective that works on the pollution of the Jones Falls? In a discussion on regenerative culture yesterday after my talk, I was so blown away by people’s visions for bioremediation but also sharing themselves and their spiritual connection to nature. It was amazing, and I heard in what folks were sharing, their own overcoming of fear for the projects that they wish to take on, which resonated so deeply. I’m rocking up to similar place in myself in overcoming fear, where former perceptions of who I am and what I am good at must transform. It’s time to develop a deeper knowledge and relationship with fungi. Mycoremediation (using fungi for environmental clean up) I believe is the right relationship to grow right now. The environmental crisis and atomization of our communities is rooted in a breakdown of relationships. The step forward is in rebuilding relationships with each other but also with the natural world and the powerful allies and elders of the natural world. This is a lot to encapsulate in a post, but I am feeling inspired and seeing new connections, new projects, new relationships, new paths forward and a wide and connected network!

Photos from this year’s festival

The Workshops


Family Fun


Music and Art


Local Makers

What People Have to Say About
Mushroom City Art Festival

“Just wanted to say how much fun I had at Mushroom City. Robin Gunkel you are really creating something magical and important for ecological awareness, education and so much more. I really had a blast jamming near the tea fire. Everything in the chapel was amazing. The nature walk with Eric Joseph Lewis I learned so much. I was a little proud of myself for spotting the lions mane we already knew was there. Folks who were there for the walk I know you feel me when I say BASSWOOD!!!! It was my first time seeing Darsombra but not the last. Thank you to everyone.”
-Ian Hesford

“I absolutely loved Mushroom City this year, and every year for that matter, and this experience is the same experience I want for Figment Baltimore! Would anyone/everyone that contribute to the awesomeness of Mushroom City be willing to replicate that awesomeness (if at all possible) at Figment Baltimore next summer?”
– Steph Comp

“Thanks so much to Robin for such a lovely, informative, entertaining and fun-filled event! I enjoyed the opportunity to layer some psychedelic sounds into the ambiance and also to see so many great friends!! ^_^” 
– Woody Lissauer

“Many thanks to everyone who came out and contributed. Shout out to Michael Weese for spotting that globifomes graveolens, Rimas Cikotas for guiding us out to the lions mane, Alex Dorr for sharing the mycophilosophy and remediation inspiration, and to William Padilla-Brown for giving us the download on cordyceps. It was quite a pleasure to share a plant walk and connect with good family new and old. To anyone who enjoyed the yoga of plants feel free to add me and keep in touch. Mush love family.”
Eric Joseph Lewis

“Thank you everyone for a wonderful day yesterday. Between hearing the talks, seeing the log workshop in action, feeling the vibes by the gazebo and vendors that felt like a village, it was true magic! Dan’s fire and shiitake tea, Stevie’s stitching station, the collaborative mycelial pyramid, and Ryan and Justin’s seesaw embraced by the children all added an integral piece to this co-created space! Tom’s igloo at the bottom of the field was a destination of stillness and reflection, and the art trail and forays took us deeper into nature. Thank you all who came to the festival yesterday!! We’re so happy for how it turned out and to host all of you! <3”
-Robin Gunkel

“Thank you all again for a great festival last weekend, and I would like to invite anyone who is interested in helping to organize next year’s festival to reach out to mushroomcityartfestival@gmail.com I always emphasize the we because the festival could never be done without everyone’s involvement. At the same time, the festival has been primarily organized by 1 person, me (and also Ryan Smith coordinating music). With now a new job and a research course that I will be taking for my PhD program next fall, in order for Mushroom City to happen next year, there needs to be more organizers 🙂 So, if you’re interested in coordinating vendors, curating art, publicity, organizing volunteers etc. please get in touch, so Mushroom City can make the next level up into a community organized festival!!”
-Robin Gunkel

Bloom Boulder Intro to Crypto Technology

Monday, Nov 27
8pm-11pm
Vali Soul Sanctuary
6717 Valmont Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Join Bloom Boulder the local chapter of the Bloom network, https://www.bloomnetwork.org/, for an evening of introductory education about crypto technology. We will cover how to purchase cryptocurrency and how to instal encrypted messaging apps that provide a safe secure way to communicate for activists and conscious explorers. Come get your questions anwsered about this important and game changing technology.

This evening will be led by Sovereign Starseed “Helping Earth reclaim her sovereignty”

Sovereign Starseed is an alchemical transformation training program. It is meant to help the earth remember their divine power through the use of esoteric wisdom and economics. “Silky” Seth Petrouske-Paris of Sovereign Starseed is one of many experts in the fields of sovereignty and cryptocurrency. He has been trading and studying cryptocurrencies since 2010.

Cover for this event will be $15.00