Hello there. I’m Magenta, and I’m working on some prototypes for Bloom Network’s next website. We’ve reached a point as a collective where we need more app-like functionality with our site, to encourage peer-to-peer resource sharing among Bloom members and the public at large.
To learn what I need to learn to move forward on this, I’m in the KERNEL Fellowship, an 8-week, invite-only program for top tech talent looking to build relationships, products, and companies in blockchain and Web 3. Bloom isn’t exactly a technology company, but we want to utilize Web 3 tools that support decentralized coordination.
The past week I’ve begun asking for support with how Bloom Network can incentivize participation in regenerative actions, in order to more fully resource folks on the ground doing high-leverage climate stabilization work (soil-to-soul), and also to provide visibility to philanthropic donors, who traditionally have a difficult time vetting decentralized grassroots networks.
I’ll spare you the gory details until we get farther along in sorting it out. But the people helping us think through it are phenomenal souls working on beautiful projects, and I want to give them a shout-out. Like everything with Bloom, our next steps are emerging from a collaborative process of relationship with values-aligned folks. The caliber, diversity, and integrity of people that tend to join Bloom continues to be inspiring.
By reading through some of the projects below, I hope you can start to imagine what’s going to happen when we pair Bloom Network’s on-the-ground utopian pragmatist action networks with the futuristic technology made possible by Web3’s decentralized architectures.
To me these folks feel like midwives helping Bloom’s economic model to emerge. Thank you!
John Manoochehri – founder Base2 and host of Last Meter Talks podcast: Discussions on the new built environment, sustainable housing, next generation workplaces, convivial cities, computational design, service integration, proptech, and more.
Peth and Hammad from MetaGame: Players of MetaGame are on a quest to change the way people coordinate around solving problems & creating value.
Vivek Singh, COO at Gitcoin: A pathway for developers to work for the open internet. Build open source software, get paid, meet top talent & teams in crypto, and support public goods. Vivek is also a co-founder of the KERNEL fellowship.
We’re looking at running a structure similar to a micro version of KERNEL as an onboarding cohort with Bloom, so new members can start their journeys in community and get to know one another.
John Merrells, Aletheia Systems: a collaboration of people working across multiple disciplines to design and build new governance structures for systems.
Simona Pop, community strategy at Status.im and co-founder of Bounties Network. Bounties are a way for freelancers to pick up paid tasks from various web3 projects.
Flávia Macêdo and Luiz Hadad from Muda (Bloom Rio de Janeiro). “By receiving and accepting MUDAs, we are creating a chain of mutual collaboration and strengthening, and each transaction becomes a political act for monetary reform. Our community works through trust, care, justice, and freedom.” Flavia is also co-developing the Global Collective Intelligence Network (yes, yes she is!). The onboarding ritual is an embodied, relational process instead of a cold on-ramp to a technocratic world.
Francesco Renzi, SuperFluid – this is the Web3 membership payments tool we’ve been waiting for to be able to onboard Bloom members in crypto! We think it’s going to make it easier to program automated finance streams than going through an out-of-the-box DAO software.
William Schwab, Linum Labs and Ethereum cat herder. Linum Labs is a global team of developers, entrepreneurs, and change-makers passionate about empowering people through building decentralized systems and solutions to create real-world impact and a healthier society.
Also big thank you to Andrej Berlin of Deep Work who taught me how to do user journey mapping and integrate that with prototyping, in 10 minutes!! He publishes examples of prototypes and processes on Medium, here.
For many years, thinking through the peer-to-peer architecture that Bloom Network needed took up 110% of my cognitive bandwidth. Now that we’re actually building it, Bloom is straight blowing my mind every day with the amazing people showing up and “grok”ing what we’re on about, and often joining in. I’m not quite ready to share prototypes, but if you want to read some of the deep thought that has gone into how we’re creating a DAO to help transfer resources and power to decentralized networks, you can read our whitepaper on bioregional governance.
And as always, if you want to support our great work, please make a donation or sign up as a member. If you are already on Ethereum, you can contribute to our Gitcoin grant which matches your donation 1-15x.
Bloom Network’s governance whitepaper summarizes ten years of R&D across eleven countries. Throughout, we describe social and technical practices we have found effective for bioregional governance and rebalancing unjust power dynamics of today’s centralized governance and finance systems. These are shared as modular governance pieces that networks can adopt or plug in with. This paper includes an outline of the first three phases of our technical DAO.
Did you know that Bloom Network is entirely based on collaboration? Rather than circumscribing existing groups under one umbrella, Bloom members collaborate with each other to create well-being in their communities.
One way to illustrate this is to share what Bloom core team members are hosting with our Zoom account! Bloom itself hosts a monthly community call to bring together diverse movement leaders to share information and resources with each other. Hannah Mitchell, the Community Support person for Bloom who is based in Whangarei, New Zealand, hosts local Cub Scout meetings, “art church”, regional Burn events, and more. Dani Gennety, a Technology Community Relations manager with Giveth focusing on how to use technology to support grassroots causes, uses the Zoom to host everything from fundraising meetings, to a decentralized hot tub party, to knowledge shares among movement leaders, and even to help coordinate building a literal bridge.
Bloom members enjoy specially convened sessions to workshop their projects and receive peer development support from people working on similar initiatives as them, or with similar goals. Together we help each other develop ideas, be creative, and resource our projects with what they need to be effective in the world.
Truly 21st century interactive TV.
Come play! Learn about what network activities are happening each month via our email Love Letter, or register as a member to participate in the full collaboration spaces across Bloom Network.
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.
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.
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
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:
Currently Bloom receives approx. $250/mo in donations. This covers our required technology subscriptions and fiscal sponsor fees.
Funds that are raised for a specific project, under $5,000, are required to go toward that project’s budget.
For funds raised as larger amounts, 10% is required to go toward paying down debt owed to contractors from 2018-2019.*
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?
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 email@example.com. 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)
For the first time, the number of people in the southern hemisphere equaled those in the North on this community call! Our topic this month was focusing on climate change messaging and the vision casting we wanted to create as an alternative narrative to the future.
Why the narrative is important? – fromClimate Justice Alliance – “The narrative: our story and vision for the world we want and know is possible. Short, medium and long term organizing strategy—indeed, entire movements—grow and are derived from narratives… The seeds of our narrative form the roots to weather the many storms ahead.”
Language used in climate change campaigns began our conversation, comparing agencies and the words they used on their websites. You can read the research presented here. In the conversation that followed, the participants highlighted the following things as important:
Main Observations and Concerns
Concern in greenwashing by interest groups, an emphasis on technology, or using narratives of fear with alarmist language. Focus too much on tech to save us, or focus on the problem rather than the solution generating ‘warning fatigue’. “People are sick of the alarm, it’s been sounding since we were born.”
People who use alarmist messaging don’t tend to have a stable connection with nature. They can have lack of grounding or a clear message about who they want to reach, eg they want to shake you into ‘waking up’ and are often aggressive about it. Receiving alarmist language sets off the nervous system, making us anxious, tired, desperate.
We’re collectively doing things no one wants to do individually. Colonization and commodification of nature is still happening. Language can be racist, divisive. ‘For and against’ arguments do not help.
The carbon cycle is abstract. It also doesn’t capture the full spectrum of problems arising from human activity. Some research shows it only affects 4% of the Earth’s heat cycle, and the focus would be better restoring the disrupted hydrological cycle.
There is a need for:
A narrative that is irrefutable. This is because the “climate change” and ‘global warming” terms can be too easily argued with because the Earth is naturally in flux with temperature and conditions.
Elevating the messages of indigenous people.
Changing our relationship to nature/planet. We’ve lost that connection to ourselves and to the planet through the narrative of separation. We need to understand the barriers that are stopping people having this connection.
Understanding the co-dependent relationships between life and living creatures and that we need to include other beings in our sense of self. Shift focus to care of ourselves and other beings.
Connection pathways to help people connect to Nature/Mother Earth.
The call ended with the question “How do you personally connect with nature?” Nervously, people shared the activities they do to connect. Internally, we thought we were weird (some voiced this too). Through sharing stories we realized we all had a deep connection to nature, and take time to commune with it regularly. We are not weird, but actually share a common thread which we believe is part of the answer. We only think we are separate and weird, but we are actually united. Being ‘weird’ is becoming the new normal.
The conclusion of this conversation reflects what Daniel Christian Wahl, regenerative author, talks about. When you are in a ‘regenerative’ mindset you understand that humans are part of the system. We are not apart/separate from it. More individuals are remembering this connection. And now we are remembering how to also transform the systems we hang our lives off.
With New Zealand is entering its 3rd consecutive week with no reported Corona-19 cases, conversations around the island nation are rising about how to use this time as a spring-board into a better and more just society.
Since April 15, young local councillors Tamatha Paul (Wellington City Councillor) and Thomas Nash (Greater Wellington
Region Councillor) have been convening panel discussions with some of New Zealand leading researchers, thinkers and politicians covering a range of topics, which all have Ti Tiriti o Waitangi* at its heart, (*the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding
As the Covid-19 lockdown closed everything in NZ down, the inspiring meetings and conversations that Tamatha and Thomas were having in real
life ground to halt. They decided to regenerate those conversations in the digital world, creating a weekly panel called “The Aotearoa Town Hall”.
“Being on council means that you hear from awesome people all the time, locals with deep knowledge, high-level experts, people working hard
in the community. We wanted everyone to be able to access the korero” says Tamatha.
“We know there can be no change without constitutional transformation, and this only comes from spreading the knowledge and having conversations”.
Conscious that only a certain type of people engage with the current political system, they wanted to find other ways to share about how change can come through leveraging off Ti Tiriti o Waitangi, as it is the foundational document that NZ laws can give effect through.
Some panel topics have covered Economics (with guest Kate Raworth author of Doughnut Economics), Universal Education and Income, Public Health,
Whanau (Family) Focussed Responses, Climate Justice and Transportation and Urban Design.
“These conversations show how Ti Tiriti o Waitangi is relevant across all different topics and spaces, and the Town Halls show an alternative
reality if it underpinned everything. These conversations are keeping people motivated and pushing for change”.