Envisioning the Future of Bloom

Five Years From Now:

Local Blooms produce quarterly events where people share skills, view documentaries, and take action together to make their cities more vibrant, alive, and equitable. Through your local Bloom, you can discover free natural health practices, new democratic tools, or even help build a food forest! People are forming business cooperatives and media collectives through local Bloom networks. Together as a global community we are nurturing each other across cities to learn and inspire. It’s easier for people to find and participate in networks of distributed communities that are making equitable, healthy ways of being together where our souls can play and our hands are free to create more love and care for one another.

Bloom’s online networking platform supports collaboration across movements and industries, helping people quickly find the types of expertise and knowledge they need to move their initiatives forward. Participants in Bloom’s Action Incubator are receiving grants from the Macarthur Foundation, working with major companies to transform supply chains and corporate cultures, and being written up in major newspapers. Pollination, Bloom’s annual conference, happens in ten cities at the same time, with a curated livestream for sharing across locations. Throughout the network, people are learning regenerative practices and working together across what they previously saw as unbridgeable divides.

On Earth Day in April each year, Bloom hosts a Regenerative Solutions Day. It brings hundreds of thousands of people into the streets and along waterways to take actions that deeply nourish each other and the places they live. During that, more people are introduced to concepts like permaculture and restorative justice, and learn how their local watershed works and the many ways to keep it clean and flowing. It’s a global demonstration of healthy, vibrant community.

Hope is seeping through the cracks of mainstream media’s doom and gloom. Hundreds of thousands of people are seeing, and actively co-creating, a narrative together of mutual empowerment. Together we are innovating new ways to clean up our soils and waters…. We are reconnecting with old ways of living in connection with the spirit of life… And we are sharing love and wisdom with each other in ways that help us resolve old conflicts and heal our bodies from traumas past. Bloom Network’s membership model is functioning like a (decentralized) community-owned cooperative, owned by the creatures of the earth, in service to love, life, and liberation.

The Year 2040

 Rural farms, ecovillages, and cities have exchange programs for people to stay connected to nature and have strong, resilient financial structures for growing, selling, and buying food. This supports local economies and builds regenerative soil while pulling carbon out of the atmosphere.  

Many prisons around the world are closing as restorative justice has begun to take hold as the preferred ways of resolving crime. Indigenous peoples have won several major environmental victories to maintain stewardship with their lands, and Rights of Nature laws are being passed in many countries.

Psychedelics are legalized in many countries so people and communities can attend healing rituals in the care of elders and/or health practitioners. Laws are more often handled by local communities and decentralized networks of informed policy makers, thanks to blockchain technology and how it enables higher fidelity group decision making. Self-driving vehicles and automation have begun to claim many human jobs; however, a few solutions are making this transition be a good one for humans: basic income; diverse cultures that value the arts and artisans; and more widespread adoption of small-scale food production and gardening.

It’s the 20-year reunion of our flagship event Pollination, and the Polli-Nation is on all continents, with thousands of members participating in simultaneous activities for this world-wide event!

Bloom Network members vote on which initiatives get funding support, through use of the blockchain and smart contract apps on Ethereum. Our governance mechanism is networked together with that of many companies and organizations in a decentralized way, allowing people to make fast, smart decisions together to steward their bioregions. It also enables people to use digital money, providing a layer of resilience to brittle centralized systems, and easier means to pay community organizers for their labor. Many countries have had economic collapse in the past decade, and cryptocurrencies have helped many people weather that transition with less suffering.

The Bloom incubator has helped scale up hundreds of regenerative initiatives: People across the world have self-organized to curb carbon emissions in every way possible, in a bottom-up effort rather than waiting for governments to regulate industry. It’s now looking likely that human civilization will survive climate change. As an added bonus, people are becoming happier and healthier as we take more ownership over our neighborhoods and the ways we do business and care for each other. Citizen-led innovation and science are becoming more common: a group of individuals has begun a bioremediation company through Bloom Network to repair lands damaged by mining and toxic industry. Plastic production has gone down as more people have adopted plant or fungus based alternatives. Ocean repair efforts are well underway, with a combination of vertical ocean farming and the planting of hardy types of coral that rebuild reef habitats.

The Bloom app allows people to easily find local economy businesses, makerspaces, holistic healthcare and affordable local food. Several interconnected local maker apps have emerged which support local artisans and an increasing diversity of nightlife in major cities. It’s more and more common for people’s clothes to be produced locally, and less goods need to be shipped around the world for consumption and building. One word: hempcrete!

Bloom Network’s online media and collaborations platform directs people to their local, IRL communities to play, create and work. One billion people are spending less time on screens and more time making reality a beautiful place to be together.