A good starting point is this article about bioregions by Carlita del Sol. It describes an ecologically connected, socially just way of collaborating in the places we live. Maya Zuckerman’s interview is also a good description, and it points out the spectrum of local and corporate changes that will have to be made. If you want to get nerdy and technical and learn about some specific movements happening in connection with this concept, check out the groupings below!
– WHAT IS REGENERATIVE CULTURE? –
In regenerative cultures, people and companies create the conditions for more life, more diversity, more resilience and anti-fragility. It is the antidote to extractive industry (where more resources are being taken out than replenished).
Implementing regenerative practices is our greatest potential scenario for healing humans and nature from extractive histories. It also makes economic sense for businesses and mutual aid approaches rooted in longevity. Bloom Network aims to demonstrate healthy, regenerative community everywhere we have a local action network as well as globally through online collaboration and knowledge building.
Here is Bloom Network’s Whole Systems Framework. The purpose of this is just to let you know the many diverse areas that we connect together to support each other in deeper regenerativity. Alternatively, check out our tags index for the Bloom wiki.
Creating spaces for and sharing collective wisdom is a unifying arc throughout Bloom Network. How can we best make wise collective decisions and take wise collective action together? What are the tools we have on hand to help enable this? And what are ways to support the protection and respect of traditional wisdom, as we collectively share ways to be together that are deeply life serving?
This theme will explore frameworks for collaboration networks across industries, sectors, scales and differing belief systems, to move through today’s complex problems. Tools include wise democracy, conflict resolution, arts based research tools, decentralization, and many other facets of emergent group wisdom. Creating more regenerative cultures is dependent on not just having the answers now, but also the capacity to generate wise answers together on an ongoing basis as circumstances change.
Global justice is about decolonizing our global power structures to empower equitable leadership and resource sharing. Some central goals of Bloom Network in this area are to support collective liberation and care for our bioregions. The planetary scale, whole-systems container presented at this conference is designed to shed light into the silo barriers which still hold people in oppression and inequality related to race, gender, class, religious and political constructs
This working group will look at how to leverage large scale collaboration across social movements and sectors, to improve localized adoption of just, equitable community leadership. From conflict resolution to restorative justice to local production by minority-owned businesses and more.
Bloom Network focuses on community health, with both the way we facilitate community spaces, and in addressing the dimensions of health in society at large. This topic is interwoven with insights from social justice and equality, highlighting solutions to empower communities to support their health and that of their bioregions.
It will look at preventative health practices that provide low cost, community-building opportunities for health at home and in the workplace. Bloom is inclusive of the recovery and protection of ancestral health practices, ecopsychology, and holding space for deep ways of knowing and sensing. Psychedelic integration has historically been part of what brings people to this network. We’ll also explore health offerings that reverse the systemic oppression that contributes to violence and disease. Lastly, we will not shy away from acknowledging the metaphysical and spiritual realities that underpin community healing for many of us.
Coordinating up to date technologies and research in sustainable technology is a critical focus of Bloom Network. Participants will survey a large-scale view of this content area, with an introduction to recent advances in energy, materials science, and governance technologies that support regenerative society. Examples of this include community-owned solar and wind power, decentralized energy technologies such as biogasification, liquid democracy and other governance innovations presented by blockchain technologies, and sustainable packaging.
While these tools are scaling up in pockets of culture, they could be more widely and quickly adopted at appropriate scale. This working group will look at pathways that could be leveraged to accelerate proven solutions, and how to take action toward them together.
Artists, media professionals, makers, and creative activists will come together in this stream to dream up how to share regenerative inspiration across the planet. The sky is the limit for what we can conceive of together to instigate action and bring light to places of shared empathy.
Projects we’d love to see here include a monthly mixtape of visionary activist music to circulate throughout Bloom Network and connected networks, or an interdisciplinary group to support artists’ work and provide financial pathways that don’t yet exist in the current gallery and academic ecosystem. What happens if we put artists in all of the Bloom topic tracks, to support creative thinking and embodied understanding? Let’s find out! Please bring your creative spark to all Bloom happenings, whatever that looks like to you.
The peer-to-peer economy is a model of economic exchange where individuals or organizations interact to buy and sell goods directly with each other, without the need for third-party intermediaries like banks or companies. The slow and steady emergence of increasingly decentralized and human-centered ways of creating, making and exchanging goods and services is collapsing established economic monopolies and overriding the status quo. There is significant potential for bringing the tools and means of production, power and agency in economic networks back to the people, and now is the time to make the most of these opportunities and build better, more functional economic futures.
Bloom Network will explore cooperatives, leading-edge applications of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, collaborative consumption, and other distributed and sharing oriented economic infrastructure. We’ll also practice ways of making and doing that contribute to the growth of a stable and healthy decentralized, regenerative economy.
Earth Stewardship is about positively contributing to care of the earth. It incorporates environmental activism, deep ecology, conservation biology, permaculture, community forestry and other endeavors increasing our nurture of the planet we depend on to survive.
Participants will learn what networking and backbone organizations are working in this space, what large-scale institutional support may be available, and identify key opportunities for growing their impact in collaboration.
This theme includes regenerative agriculture approaches to farming and food systems such as: regenerating topsoil, increasing biodiversity, improving food security and fostering resilience. These agricultural approaches are important in a changing climate, and they strengthen the health and vitality of farming and food production communities.