About Blooming

A guide to getting started

Bloom is a place-based media company that is co-led by its members. We are a new kind of organization that is called a distributed cooperative, or DisCO!

Mission/Vision

Bloom Network’s mission is to connect and support regenerative culture makers.

Our vision is a world where resources are equitably distributed and accessible in creative harmony with nature.

We like to think of Bloom as a verb. This network is here to empower the people and places we live to blossom.

Goals

1. Inspire a billion acts of regeneration

2. Build capacity and relationships across regenerative culture initiatives

3. Transfer power and resources to decentralized global networks

What are Regenerative Cultures?

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).

​Bloom Network demonstrates healthy, regenerative community everywhere we have a local Bloom chapter, as well as globally through online collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Find Your Local Bloom

Find your local Bloom meetup to discover and support regenerative solutions in your bioregion, and to connect in-person with Bloom members.

Local Blooms host skillshares, networking and hands-on actions. Topics like food security, social equity, cooperative economic models, blockchain technology and the future of workplace environments are just a small cross-section of the worlds that connect in our local meetups. Many initiatives and deep friendships have happened through Bloom Network so far.

 

Join the Global Network

Bloom Network mycelium spreads across the bridge from the physical into the virtual world. We host public resources and information via our wiki, blog, and Bloom Podcast (available on any podcast app).

Hop on our monthly Community Call for live discussion and skill sharing.

Join as a member. Bloom members co-govern the development of Bloom Network, and they receive a deeper layer of peer-to-peer collaboration and mutual support.  Member benefits include access to affordable marketing, the ability to participate and initiate working groups, and more extensive resources to help you start and grow your projects.

Content Framework

Bloom connects a diversity of movements related to regenerative cultures, to help us share resources and be stronger together. Read more detail here.

Our Story

Bloom Network was founded by former Evolver “Sporeganizers”, who produced community events for the Evolver online social network than ran from 2007 through 2012. That network was based on “The Augmented Social Network” white paper written by members of LinkTank, which formed through the first International Planetwork Conference in 2000. From it emerged a global community who wanted to meet in person to share ideas and create innovative civic actions together. By 2010, we established in 100+ cities on 5 continents, in 11 countries. This rapid growth brought leadership challenges, and in 2016 the local chapters seceded from the NYC-based company, to form a truly peer led network. Together, we developed a governance and business framework to create just, resilient economies that support the flowering of humanity and Earth’s creatures.

Logo Mythology

Read the story of “The Tracer”, a symbol of our peer-to-peer connectedness. [Forthcoming]

Testimonials

Bloom is the only thing I know of that really tackles the deep deep causes and deep deep what needs to happen.”

Steve Bryson, NASA Ames Research Center

You are creating such inclusive work and possibilities for local communities to grow together. Thank you for creating this space for conversations and actions.”

Global Community Project

“You guys seem very balanced, grounded, smart, sensitive, well-rounded folks.”

Will, new Bloom organizer in Virginia

Bloom is rearchitecting society to enable self-sustaining communities.

Brenden Maher, MIT Media Lab Alumnus

Ready to Bloom?

May your journeys be fruitful and your heart overflowing with celebration.