This is a series of 3 blog posts to describe in detail what is happening at Pollination Labs this August, directly after the conference until Pollination 2020, and our vision for what we are building this program to achieve by 2040. Pollination is the start of a year-long cycle of collaboration among a growing movement of regenerative culture makers.

We sincerely hope you are as excited about this program as we are and that you will get involved as a participant, as an organizational or foundation partner, or as a sponsor or donor. Together we will develop shared context for collaborating on regenerative culture projects, as well as cross-pollinate our wisdom and capacities for a regenerative future for humanity and her sister species across the planet.

Registration deadline for Pollination Labs is August 12.

The Frame

Pollination Labs is a program we are prototyping with 40 participants at Pollination this year. It’s like a hackathon or design sprint, where you’ll be collaborating with types of people you normally wouldn’t run into in your day-to-day work life.

All Pollination participants will start the event together, where we will first establish shared context for building regenerative relationships. We’ll also illustrate what Bloom Network generally means by “regenerative culture makers.” The whole event is designed to initiate relationships together in a nourishing, mutually witnessing experience. From that place we hope to all have deeper shared understanding of our work, where we share values, and to build more capacity together to achieve regenerative outcomes, individually, organizationally, and in our communities.

One of the overarching goals of Pollination is to build regenerative relationships. To that end, we invite you to help create this experience together to support:

  1. Everyone feels seen and heard
  2. Building capacity to break silos
  3. Everyone’s needs are met – personally, organizationally, and as communities
  4. “Magic” light bulbs going off of what is possible Now

Pollination Labs Prototype

If you are a visual thinker, this rainbow flow map will be the easiest thing to see the prototype at a glance:

In the Pollination Labs track at Pollination, you’ll engage in participatory design teams that work on real innovation needs among regenerative development communities.

If you register in this track, you’ll remain with your design team during each of the two-hour blocks during the day. That will give you enough time to get to know each other, reach a level of depth with the issues at hand, and conclude with a prototype, or with having identified an existing initiative(s) that could address the issue well if adequately resourced. It’s also possible that some teams will conclude with having identified inquiries that need more exploration, and that’s ok.

Each team will be approximately seven people, supported by a facilitator, a pattern observer, and an artist who will help capture insights and communicate outcomes.

These are the current overarching topics we’ve identified, with example breakout teams. These might change based on participants’ registration surveys, where you are invited to propose teams and inform us of your needs. If you represent a company or foundation and you would like to initiate a team to develop a regenerative solution, with the diverse range of experts and social movement representatives who will be at Pollination, please get in touch with

Again, these are just example teams – the topics we work on will emerge from participants’ registration surveys, based on responses to what real gaps, needs, and offerings people are coming to the event with. Pollination Labs is designed to help us go more deeply into a collaborative, constructive experience across difference – cross-pollination! We also think this program can help us address some of the common gaps we’re starting to see across a lot of work that identifies itself as regenerative in one way or another. It tends to be more systems oriented, for example, and doesn’t necessarily fit into the normal boxes of a business, normal investment structures, and so forth.

(For more information on the Bloom Network Governance Hackathon, specifically, go here. That is about formalizing how Bloom operates as an international cooperative.)

Outcomes might include the following:

a) prototypes that can be applied immediately after the conference
b) partnerships
c) business ideas to be incubated post Pollination
d) coalitions
e) insights
f) magic will happen here

The remainder of this blog series will describe the process we’ll use during the Labs, and how these outcomes will be supported following Pollination. Pollination is the start of a year-long cycle of collaboration among a growing movement of regenerative culture makers.

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