# Bloom Network

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## 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 http://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.
  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.

*Priorities for programs and contractor backpayments are evaluated according to an ongoing transparent process of “taking stack”. Currently we are small enough that this is an open negotiation with the current working group leads, the 2018-2019 contractor team still owed, and at least two members of the organization’s legal board. Participatory budgeting across all members will be activated once Bloom Network achieves core operational capacity funding of $500,000. Here is an example budget that we have been using while we fundraise, of how to wisely distribute funds to lift up the whole network.

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.


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.

Created by [Magenta Ceiba based on a decade of group process internationally] (www.bloomnetwork.org)

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