Announcing Bloom DAO’s governance whitepaper. This paper summarizes 15 years of research and development across the global Bloom Network, with many contributions from local Bloom leaders and related movement leaders working to create equitable, regenerative societies.
This document will help us create our DAO in connection with our Colorado Limited Cooperative Association, so that members of Bloom Network can govern the development of the social media platform and how we apply our finances to support bioregional regeneration across all local Bloom hubs.
Thanks to our supporters on Gitcoin and Giveth, Bloom is now 3/4 complete with the social platform our community needs to connect with each other and the public. Here’s a preview of what it includes!
Find your local Bloom to participate in regenerative actions near you
Templates for regenerative actions that you can do in your home, neighborhood, and bioregion
Blogs telling the stories of local Bloom projects and community building
Start a local Bloom – people who want to form a local community can follow an easy application process. Automated steps give them resources to start their first events and choose a project.
You can become a member of Bloom by registering to pay a monthly member fee. This gives you access to a community of like-minded creative doers, to build value together and actively care for your communities.
Patronage token. Log regenerative actions you do, receive Bloom tokens. Your voting weight in your local Bloom DAO is weighted according to the actions you did in your community. As Bloom becomes profitable, at the end of the year all Bloom members receive dividends proportional to their token holdings. You may also give your Bloom tokens to other Bloom members in exchange for services you might not otherwise spend money on, and they’ll in turn receive the year-end dividend. We hope this will become a way to circulate care for one another and develop more creative systems of valuing each other.
Chat with fellow Bloom members using Matrix. The chat is hosted within Bloom’s url instead of a noisy place like Discord or Facebook. It also bridges with WhatsApp and Discord where there are local Bloom DAOs who primarily use those chat tools.
Member profiles. Find fellow Bloomers and collaborate. Profiles are portable, which means you can use your profile across other websites and not have to enter new one for every network you’re part of. How does that work? We use Ceramic protocol, which allows you to own your profile data. We interoperate with MyMeta by MetaGame, which helps other platforms adopt this profile system for share goals of real world collaboration.
Members of Bloom Network can vote on platform features and participate in their local DAO.
Once we have the platform up and ready we will begin populating it with templates written by local Blooms organizers, thanks to a grant from the Lush Spring Prize!
And then we will announce our Call to Bloom, to invite people all over the world to start local Bloom DAOs or join existing ones.
With love from our gardens to yours, Bloom International
$2200 Hannah Mitchell, facilitating the first Bloom Womb Pod to incubate regenerative projects
$7000 Magenta Ceiba, DAO governance and tokenomics
$20,000 Dustin and Danielle Kieb of Brainfog, website development
$4,000 Jacqueline Radebaugh and Yev Muchnik legal deposit for forming our federated cooperative with DAO governance
$10,000 Magenta Ceiba, website UI/UX
$1000 Alina Beckerman, reimbursement for venue costs of our 2019 Pollination hackathon in SF
$11,000 earmarked for remainder of DAO / federated cooperative formation
$20,000 earmarked for remainder of website development
What has happened with your project since the last round?
Our goal with GR12 was to raise enough funds to implement Web3 tools to empower our community to financially collaborate across borders! And thanks to your generosity we were successful. Since GR12 we have shifted into development mode!
Began development on our multi-user blogging website. This empowers local Blooms to be rewarded for contributing blog posts and action templates, using MyMeta by MetaGame. It also provides more visibility for projects on the ground that don’t themselves have large social media reach.
Completed the site architecture, milestones, and all page wireframes for desktop and mobile.
Completed infrastructure and core services, navigation, and landing page (imagine you had a timeline that was only about on-the-ground regenerative projects and how to participate in them. That’s Bloom’s landing page.)
Confirmed engagement with Jason Wiener legal firm representatives Jacqueline Radebaugh and Yev Muchnik to set up Bloom Network’s federated cooperative structure. It will be governed by a series of DAOs (each local Bloom will have its own, and Bloom International which maintains the communications infrastructure for the network). It took us 10 years to find a legal structure that could hold our international governance model!! We’re excited to be working with an all-female team on this.
Identified an alternate solution to Discord which our community is not sticking to. This should work for other communities struggling with Discord as well. It will be matrix chat running on our website, connected with WhatsApp and other channels where local chapters are, and integrated with sign-on to our blogging site and MyMeta profiles.
Confirmed a Bloom Birth Party at Diamante Bridge Collective’s HOME Farm, prior to launching our call to Bloom in June when we will publicly invite people to form local Blooms. We will also do a mixer with Diamante Bridge Collective to bring local Bloom leaders from other countries to experience the farthest along local Bloom.
Networking with the ReFi movement to communicate our experience of what grassroots communities need support with, in order to bring their carbon sequestration and social benefit activities online to the various ReFi protocols.
Permaculture Arboretum Model is a forthcoming report that we are publishing through the University of Swansea in Wales. It describes the cooperative farm approach and how it achieves benefits of microclimate stabilization, food security, social repair, and economic sovereignty. Case studies and field data. By Charles Mugarura and edited by Magenta Ceiba from Bloom International.
Formed their legal entity, a Costa Rican Asociacion Colectiva with 28 signers of the constitution!
Updates to Bloom Network itself (also listed on our Gitcoin grant).
We raised $80,000 after 13 years of trying, thanks to Gitcoin and Giveth.
Began development on the multi-user blogging website for local Blooms to be rewarded for contributing blog posts and action templates
Began engagement with Jason Wiener legal firm representatives Jacqueline Radebaugh and Yev Muchnik to set up Bloom Network’s federated cooperative structure. It will be governed by a series of DAOs (each local Bloom will have its own, and Bloom International which maintains the communications infrastructure for the network). It took us 10 years to find a legal structure that could hold our international governance model!!
Confirmed a Bloom Birth Party at Diamante Bridge Collective’s HOME Farm, prior to launching our call to Bloom in June when we will publicly invite people to form local Blooms.
Nudibranch Scientist 3 – Susan Anthony – Vancouver Island, Canada PhD at the University of Western Ontario on temperature effects on animals Masters at the University of Alberta looking at nematocyst-stealing sea slugs at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
Nudibranch Scientist 4 – Cakra Adiwijaya – Indonesia Studies the substrate and diversity of nudibranchs and works with Terangi, a non-profit foundation that aims to support the conservation and sustainable management of Indonesia’s coral reef resources. Website: www.terangi.or.id YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/terangi2011
MUSICIANS The original music heard in this call were written by: “Nudibranch Dance” – Will Tomson: – www.soundcloud.com/allatsea Nudibranch Dance music video – https://youtu.be/kcOHO8Bq9vE Will Tomson was an intern with Yara, and wrote this song while studying them in Mozambique.
“A Nudibranch Song” – Phizzy, Goo, Lumiel (this song was written especially for this event). https://soundcloud.com/meanstyle-musi… Phizzy: “Meanstyle Music Company” on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MeanstyleMus… Lumi: @Lovelumiel (Instagram) ABOUT BLOOM NETWORK Bloom Network is an organisation focused on sharing stories and actions working towards a Regenerative Future. Each Quarter we produce an educational zoom call on different topics. You can explore Bloom Network and its resources here: www.bloomnetwork.org
Luis Tamani is a globally recognized visionary artist from the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Luis spent his childhood rising at dawn and helping his father carve dugout canoes by the riverside. Luis is the transmitter of visions, sharing messages of communion with the earth. He believes there is unlimited teaching that nature can offer us and that every human has a potential to develop a deeper relationship with these worlds.
Through a Spanish interpreter, Luis shared what he is learning through his art practice, and what he would like us to learn from his paintings.
“Life is short, but we still have the capacity to learn from nature in our lifetimes”.
The first painting Luis shared was the one that kicked off his understanding of the depth of the work his hands were creating.
“This painting opened my eyes to an ability to understand not just art as an artist, but be able to receive information from nature that is divine from God. We can all receive that information and understand it”.
About a week after he completed this painting Luis went back to it, and noticed there was something different there. He said he had a super strange feeling like he was not really the one who painted it… like there were other artists involved.
“There was a vibration, a very distinct vibration that I felt about this painting. I discovered new things from this painting.”
It was also the first painting he took to a Transformational Festival – Boom in Portugal. This painting opened a lot of doors or portals, so it became a professional gateway of sorts, leading him to Burning Man and travelling internationally with his work and workshops.
Luis’ paintings usually begin with a lot of ideas that need to be filtered down. His ideas come sometimes from dreams and sometimes from plant ceremonies. Nature has a lot of organic aspects that Luis feels speaking through him in texture, colors – like eye colors, certain animals… He added that he feels one of the characteristics of his art is that it translates what nature is saying to us.
When posed the question “What does art know that science can’t?” Luis said that science and art have commonalities because both are practices that you undertake in your life. However, art has a more spiritual aspect. Art is more real, whereas science is searching for something concrete. Science seeks to help you understand with logic. A painting can touch you directly without the need of an explanation. The message gets into you, and it is immediate and ephemeral.
Luis says his message or voice as an artist is not necessarily promoting to take ayahuasca or to remove a sacred plant from the jungle where it lives. Instead, he wants to remind us that in every location where we live, every plant, every bug, every animal, has a song or an intelligence to share. His overall message is one of cherishing and protecting nature, and Luis invites everyone to hear secret call to protect nature and to become guardians of our natural world.
About “Fluer de Tobacco II”: The radiant flower is representative of the powerful medicine of tobacco, and the character is connecting to that medicine. The flower is transmitting sacred geometry and all the songs and histories and stories that it knows. You feel this knowledge when you smoke it.
About “Lost to Heaven”: A self-portrait about a day of Ceremony with friends. A blue bird from the rain forest called tsutsui came to Luis while he had been observing the moon. The song of the bird was brought inside him. It is an ancient song and it made something inside him younger, bringing him back to his youth and it changed something inside him. The horses are very forceful animals and in this painting, you are connecting with heaven and horses are sort of carriers. They are helping this beautiful vibration from heaven to arrive.
Jon Ching from Oahu, Hawaii, brings to the world a fusion of flora and fauna, and his unique style that he has dubbed “flauna”. Using oil paint as his medium, he creates hybrids that show the overlaps and mimicry between species, serving as a visual reminder of the interconnectedness of life forms on Earth.
The paintings that made Jon realize his work was not just for his own entertainment or practice, were painted around 2011 when he was living San Francisco. This was the time when lot of gentrification and change was transforming the city, moving from a free spirited, artistic community and being replaced by more tech centric work.
“These are the two pieces that started me on the path that I’m currently on, using animals and plants as a way to convey ideas that I have about society and our relationship with nature, which obviously dips into climate change and mass extinction and all of those that we’re trying to fight together.”
Jon described the first piece, “Modern Convenience”, as conveying the idea of the tech kids coming into the city and having everything delivered via an app – their house is being built for them by fishes, even though it is a nest. In the second painting, “Fresh Coat”, the vines are feeding it, but also slowly, kind of strangling it and taking over. Jon says “On a real building or a tree, the vine looks really pretty, but the vines are actually suffocating the host. This painting conveys the idea that we are covering up something that is already beautiful with a monoculture.”
Talking about the shift his work has taken, Jon says his work changed from wanting to paint the problem, shaming or forcing people to look at the destruction we are causing, to finding a way to help people remember that nature is beautiful. He wants to spark the love of nature and the natural world in others. This led him to finding connections in nature, the colors, shapes and patterns that mimic each other across nature, in the hope that others will have that connective understanding sparked in them also.
Jon is trying, in his newer works, to show the divine essence of nature.
“I’m trying to represent God, the idea of God, the divine, the spiritual through my ‘flauna’ creatures as a physical manifestation of God. So many Indigenous cultures saw and see God in nature. And if the rest of us can see God in nature as well, we have no choice but to protect it. If we can see that it is God, then we inherently have a love for it and an obligation to preserve it, protect it and worship it.”
Jon was also posed the question, “What does art know that science can’t? What are you accessing through art that we can access through science?”
“Like Luis was saying, I think art is a language and science is a way of understanding. I think they complement each other. I find science intriguing and inspiring. And oftentimes, I’m trying to convey ideas that science has shown us. I think that Indigenous cultures have figured those things out too. Science just likes to take credit for it because they found a way to measure it.
I think art can be a bridge, from what science has measured and discovered, translating that knowledge into an emotion or feeling.
This series of paintings has the theme of exploring what the natural world looks like, post-Anthropocene (the current ecological time that we are in). Humans have transformed the face of the planet and are now gone. This opens the door for a big boom of evolution where different species will adapt to the new world. To the left is Jon’s “Little Oracle”, the owl and the butterfly combining to give an ability to foresee this future. Watch this YouTube video where Jon talks more about this series.
When asked “Are there any daily practices that you do to bring messages through or anything you’d like to recommend people to hear nature more?” Jon said,
“Taking the time to look at things. As a painter, I spend hours and hours and hours looking at the little, tiny details, of coral, or of birds’ feathers, and that has given me so much appreciation for their form, and how perfect it is… Slow down and get your eyeballs up close to something like moss and see how complex it is… Modern life is very busy with a lot of distractions. So I think it requires more intention than it used to. But that’s the challenge. It is our attention which is being challenged.”
Inspiring love, hope and admiration for the unique beauty of our world is Jon’s ultimate goal. And he works to bring awareness to mass extinction and climate change.
“Ultimately, everything on this planet is connected, we’re all carbon based life forms, we all came from a single cell, you know, and so there’s, of course, this deep physical connection that we all share with every other living organism”