Envisioning the Future of Bloom

Create this vision and participate in its actualization with Bloom! All participants, members, and partners of Bloom Network actively steer the vision and actions of Bloom together as a peer-led collective.

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 in collaboration with the UN and many organizations and companies. This celebration 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

Climate change, migration, and exponential technologies have combined to drastically change human civilization in a short period of time.

Humans are weathering the transition by adapting in novel ways, from economic decentralization to large-scale mobilization on carbon sequestration, to major changes in the way governments are structured across the planet. Bloom Network regional action networks have played a major role in these transitions by supporting cross-movement collaboration so that people can share resources and knowledge to quickly organize and adapt.

The decentralized web, or web 3.0 has largely replaced web 2.0. This has brought the ability to create more adaptive and agile governance systems. In many places people have had to start dismantling nation-states and open borders because of the large numbers of people displaced from coastal places and natural disasters. Cryptocurrencies have made this transition easier through transferring our financial and voting structures to more decentralized control. Bloom Network has been helping people adopt these tools over the past twenty years, so that we would be ready for this time.

Bloom Network is a large collaborative consortium of organizations working locally and internationally together. We largely share financial resources and staff members for symbiotic benefit. Bloom members vote on which initiatives get funding support, through use of the blockchain and smart contract apps on Ethereum. We use a wide range of financial tools, from revolving loans, to “continuous organizations”, to pooled funds that are able to combine for-profit, nonprofit capital along with grassroots non-financial capital to catalyze large scale ecological repair and other social initiatives.

Overall on Earth, the distribution of wealth is more equitably balanced. Bloom Network has been a big player in this process through creating financial models that channel capital to community-led initiatives, and replicating those throughout our network. Bloom Network is demonstrating large-scale examples of how power can be held in balanced, peer-led ways. This is closer to anarchy than democracy and many people are surprised by that. People are able to make smart, fast decisions together to steward their bioregions. The systems we’ve developed provide 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.

It’s the 20th year of Bloom Network’s flagship event Pollination, and the Polli-Nation is on all continents, with thousands of members participating in simultaneous activities for this world-wide event! The Bloom incubator has helped scale up hundreds of regenerative initiatives: from healing and arts cooperatives, to seed sharing and knowledge of more regenerative approaches to food cultivation and community forestry; changing corporate structures to not be dissociated from place-based resilience across their entire supply chains and headquarters locations.

Many prisons around the world are closing as restorative justice has begun to take hold as the preferred ways of resolving crime. Somatic conflict resolution tools are more widely known, and the science of intergenerational trauma is mixing with ancestral rites of passage as communities repair the disconnection from nature that peoples all over the globe have experienced from centuries of genocide. Psychedelics are legalized in many countries so people and communities have direct access to healing. This has also opened a huge wave of creativity and breakthroughs in human collaboration. Health cooperatives provide deeper and more integrated care.

Laws are more often handled by local communities and decentralized networks of informed, equitably balanced policy makers. Indigenous peoples usually win environmental victories to maintain balance within their lands, and Rights of Nature laws are being passed in many countries.

People across the world are massively self-organizing to curb carbon emissions in every way possible. It’s now looking likely that human civilization will survive climate change, albeit massively rearranged. 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. The reversal of colonial, extractive approaches has created many new jobs in much more equitable structures. In the United States, this is starting to shift the tides of depression, disease and poverty. In developing countries, regenerative, community-owned practices are starting to be more the norm than value-extractive modes of development and approaches to economies.

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 that support local artisans and an increasing diversity of nightlife in major cities. It’s more common to find community centers that freely serve herbal, medicinal, and mood-altering teas from neighborhood gardens – local Bloom chapters have successful begun to make public commons spaces throughout cities for people to care for each other and experience a fundamental security in community.

Industrial food systems have started to transition back to local ways, and more people are involved with food sovereignty. High density farming such as silvopasture and urban vertical farming are more common. Community forestry has begun to shift back the destruction of deforestation and monocropping. Rural farms, ecovillages, and cities have exchange programs for people to stay connected to nature. Across the planet we have strong, resilient financial structures for growing, selling, and buying food in community-led ways. This builds regenerative soil while pulling carbon out of the atmosphere.

It’s more and more common for people’s clothes to be produced locally, and less goods are shipped around the world for consumption and building. Decentralized, small-scale bioregional production also helps assist the inevitable process of migration, resilience, and adaptation.

Automation has begun to claim many human jobs. However, it’s more common to live in diverse cultures that value the arts and artisans. Robust voluntary economies are common and human collaborative innovation is for the most part enhanced by machine symbiosis. (Including Bloom Network’s use of augmented intelligence to match resources across 100,000+ companies and communities and collectively solve problems quickly together.) We’re starting to figure out regenerative materials manufacturing that doesn’t require mining. 25% of new office buildings are net zero energy. Technology and manufacturing is in a solid trend toward restorative, regenerative applications. This is thanks to large-scale citizen-led movements to transition our industrial systems to be focused on creating true, connected beauty and equity.

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. Scientists and policymakers have begun studying how to mitigate the pollution that enters oceans as a city faces sea level rise. We are in the process of working out the financial and labor costs of doing things like pulling out gas stations and demolishing buildings before that waste gets into the water. The transformation to humanity’s approaches to labor and militaries are only just beginning to take place as we grapple with the scale and frequency of natural disasters worldwide, and as the power dynamics trend toward citizen-led efforts thanks to financial and governance innovations such as liquid democracy and smart contract voluntary taxation and income sharing tools.

Displacement has had a strange silver lining of pushing extraordinarily beautiful architectures using cobb building, hempcrete, bamboo, and bioceramic domes. These homes are often built because they’re cheaper, can be done with local materials, and are fire resistant. A collective that emerged from the global EDM festivals movement helps create functioning economies around settlements that are integrated with forest lands, creating healthy places to be while increasing the health of forest systems and waterways. Displacement has also pushed people from corporate jobs they find unfulfilling, into both more balanced physical lifestyles as well as more extraordinary feats of collaboration that are possible with emerging artistic media and scientific advancements. Enough people are being liberated from the corporate grind and building wealth in equitable communities, to help catch and cushion the people who are completely displaced by sea level rise and infrastructure decimation.

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.