Turning “I’ll call the police!” into an Ecosystem Education Project

Turning “I’ll call the police!” into an Ecosystem Education Project

It was the second day of hearing the motors of chainsaws chugging that Susan McMillan realised she had to make a decision…

“Do I intervene and stop the illegal logging happening next door, or do I let it slide?”

With a brave voice, she shouted loudly through treeline,  “I’m calling the police!”
Fortunately, the chain-sawing stopped without confrontation, and never returned.

This incident inspired Susan to use her “Protect Our Waters” skills to share with the local community the importance of trees to the local watershed. Many trees had been cut down in Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. The region now experiences the drier weather patterns that come with the impact of deforestation.

Susan teamed up with Janine Jordan from Green Wave Enterprises (and a Bloom Chapter Lead), and together they wrote an open letter to the neighbours about the crucial role trees play in the ecosystem. This was surprisingly well received, creating a conversation point for the neighbourhood. Local realtors read the letter and showed their interest as well.

Seeing an opportunity, Susan and Janine organised a meeting specifically for realtors so they could share more information about why trees add value to property. This deeper understanding within the property industry will go a long way to protect the local environment. The shared letter on Facebook received over 500 hits (which is massive for this small rural community). Enough money has been gathered together to create 3 large road sign posters to bring more attention to the habitat and tree removal. The open letter has also galvanised local environmental enthusiasts who are now starting to come together, creating a website and Facebook community to stay in touch.

So much positive change happening, stemming from one brave decision to speak up and make a difference! This is a great example of the impact we can have in our neighbourhood, local community and ecosystem if we take steps to educate and engage people around ecological restoration and the goals of regenerative culture.

If you want to find out about our Local Bloom Chapters and how they work, head here.

Nicoya Peninsula – where toucans thrive and people live longer, healthier lives.

Bloom Network Governance Hackathon 2019

The purpose of this hackathon is to set up the collective governance system for Bloom Network, using a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) in parallel with a nonprofit organization. There will also be workshops happening at Pollination related to “wise democracy” and “networked governance,” hosted by Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute.

Everything that gets created through Bloom’s governance development will be made available for others to adopt.

This Hackathon is made possible by the generous support of Aragon. Aragon empowers you to freely organize and collaborate without borders or intermediaries. Create global, bureaucracy-free organizations, companies, and communities.

Hackathon Sessions:

Cross-Sector Finance Mechanisms
Agenda and Notes

Bloom Network DAO Configuration
Agenda and Notes

Multi-Capital Valuation
Agenda and Notes [NEEDS LINK]

Public online training: How to Get Started with Cryptocurrency
July 15 6-7pm Pacific, via Zoom

Watch the recording of this training

Who are we looking for to attend these sessions?

  • Finance innovation professionals, DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) experts, lawyers, cooperative experts, blockchain developers, Bloom Network organizational members
  • A facilitator and a scribe to help structure these sessions and document what comes from them
  • Social movement activists and people who have thought through how non-financial capital contributions might be valued in tangible, measurable ways to achieve power parity

Session Descriptions

Finance Mechanisms Mastermind:

Purpose: to explore collaborative funding mechanisms that would allow us to pool (multiple forms of) capital across for-profit, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations, sharing profits and risk. To resolve the limitations of sector-specific financial approaches in terms of power inequalities and more efficient collaboration, and to route revenue to grassroots climate change-related groups to support decentralized economic and bioregional wellness.

This first conversation will ask: Is this possible? Do similar approaches already exist? How would we go about designing the approach for due diligence and the legal framework?

If you’d like to read more of the thinking that has led us to exploring this, you’ll find some here, about the innovation sessions we’re running at Pollination, and here, regarding the idea of bioregional institutions.

Models to reference:

Bloom Network DAO – International Cooperative Hacking Sessions

This document is the master list of what needs to be configured that we know of, as well as an illustration of how a cross-sector capital pool might work.

The purpose of these hackathon sessions are to flesh out the details of:

  • Bloom Network’s DAO governance and technical configuration
    • Who has decision-making power in what set of domains, and who has financial allocation power, etc. So that network members can manage shared resources of the network.
  • How our nonprofit legal entity functions, and its relationships with local Bloom Chapters.

Further Notes Relevant to Bloom’s 2019 Governance Hackathon

Note on our analysis behind wanting to form a cross-sector financial instrument:

Across each individual sector we see structural problems that contribute to inefficiencies and ongoing systemic inequality. For profit initiatives are sometimes, not always, driven by investors who want to see high financial returns, and the capital structures are not supportive to the entrepreneurs and the ethical or community based reasons they might be starting their businesses. In the nonprofit world, donors and executives who tend to have systemic privileges and the blindness that comes with that, as well as incentives to stay on top of a pile of money, make the decisions on behalf of the donor recipients, who have no agency or control as to the consistency of funding. Grassroots groups and frontline organizing communities frequency have zero financial resources and no power in the bigger game. One of the goals of our financial structure would be to re-distribute power so that these groups, who have major solutions to climate change and are frequently the most at-risk populations, are able to help direct the flow of financial and other forms of capital, for the benefit of all humanity and the ecosystems we all depend upon.

To attend any of these sessions, please email community@bloomnetwork.org and let us know what experience and expertise you wish to bring to the table.

Bloom Yuba Watershed – Community Hike and July Meetup

Greetings Bloom Yuba Watershed Community,

This Sunday, June 16 at 6:30pm we will meet at Elixart to carpool to Coyote Lookout together for a hike! Please bring snacks or dinner if you’d like to picnic at the lookout. Since it’s Father’s Day, we’ll have a loose conversation theme of talking about things we’ve learned from our fathers and grandfathers.

Next Meetup:
Wednesday, July 3 2019
Pioneer Park in Nevada City, meet by the bandshell

7pm Gather
7:30-8:15 Skillshare
8:15-9:00 Project Support Session

Skillshare: Swarm Organizing with John Light: https://lightco.in/

Swarm Organizing is a form of community leadership for organizing collaborative action, empowering individuals to create what they want to, with a loose general shared direction.

As our local Bloom chapter grows, people have expressed interest in coordinating everything from permaculture projects to a more vibrant local economy, to bringing together deeper support for new families. This training will help us learn some techniques so that we can work on multiple projects together, without having too rigid of structures or hierarchies. Swarm Organizing is designed to encourage mass participation in social movements.

Here are some materials if you’d like to read about swarm organizing ahead of time:
++Rick Falkvinge’s book Swarmwise. It’s a short read! Rick is the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, one of 70 Pirate (Political) Parties in the world.++Here’s Rick giving a video presentation at the Institute for Cryptoanarchy in Prague: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gssuv8oWTXY

Following on from our last meetup where we learned the structured process tools of Sociocracy, this month we’ll learn about swarm organizing! We’ll find both helpful as we move into doing regenerative actions together.

Here are some materials if you’d like to read about swarm organizing ahead of time:

  • Rick Falkvinge’s book Swarmwise. It’s a short read if you’d like to read the whole thing this month! Rick is the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, one of 70 Pirate (Political) Parties in the world.
  • Here’s Rick giving a video presentation at the Institute for Cryptoanarchy in Prague: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gssuv8oWTXY

Project Support: Mushrooms for Regional Wellness with Erik English

Erik is interested in catalyzing fire prevention, soil building, food sovereignty and job creation project in the Yuba Watershed based on innoculating wood chips with mushroom mycelium. He doesn’t yet directly know the people he would need to talk with to explore how this could be effective and to organize a test plot. We will also need to discuss possible drawbacks and cautions.

You can help him so far by inviting people to this meetup who are mushroom experts, fire fighters, gardeners, people who make wood chips, people who know about carbon sequestration and carbon credits, permaculture nerds, Nevada County Economic Resource Council, policy people, and anyone else you’d like to invite. It will also be important to discuss terraforming work like this with Nissenan people who have lived here for much longer, as well as make sure that regional economic benefits from this project directly contribute to their sovereignty and wellness.

Erik will give a short talk about his vision, followed by a group workshop session to talk through community insights and possible next steps.

More Ways to Participate in Pollination 2019

Please review the application and inquiry forms below to explore various opportunities for participation at Pollination 2019 beyond registration as a delegate.

Pollination is a Fully Participatory Event, creating an experience together for mutual benefit.
“Comps” are few and far between, opting for a system of equal energetic exchange and an at-cost non-profit production model.

2019 serves the initial incarnation of the Pollination event; as we build financial capacity through initial ticket sales, partnerships, and funding programs, we will begin to offer scholarship tickets, artist grants, and creative ways of pooling our diverse forms of capital for mutual benefit! (Expanding development of our decentralized, fully transparent financial model is also a topic of our upcoming Governance Hackathon)

If you are called to participate and finances are your primary barrier, we encourage you to experiment with CrowdFunding technology as an initial solution to source funding from the community you wish to serve with the tools acquired at Pollination.

If you are interested in supporting low-income regenerative culture makers by funding a scholarship ticket, purchase your delegate pass at the Innovator tier during Registration. Purchasing at the Innovator tier fully funds one additional delegate participation in Pollination 2019 and supports access to regenerative culture innovation to all sectors of human society.

Bloom Pollination Partner Form

(use this form for Financial Sponsors, Media Partners, Program-Related Collaboration, Multi-Capital Exchange, and anything else that just doesn’t seem to fit into any of the other application forms!)

Want to bring your art, VR/AR experience, film, or performance to Pollination 2019?

Art and Film Application

Are you hosting a related event in the Bay Area during Pollination 2019 (or immediately before/after) that you would like to connect to Pollination for collaborative training or coordinated action?

Register a co-located event HERE.

We have extremely limited Volunteer opportunities in 2019.

We do not have capacity this year to deal in significant ticket trade or work trade arrangements in order to participate in Pollination. As our organizational scale and length of the event grow over time, our Volunteer opportunities will expand alongside it. We are committed to making a block of free tickets available as we build financial capacity, prioritizing marginalized and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Enter your email to the Bloom Network list here to be notified of opportunities.*

*We highly recommend purchasing a delegate pass as soon as possible to ensure you can purchase at the lowest available pricing tier. As our capacity grows, we can easily refund a portion of your registration fee.