Process During the Labs

Each team will receive a briefing at the start of their first session, to a) set the context for the topic: who is affected by it, what questions and blocks are there and b) get to know your teammates for the weekend. From there, the remainder of day one will be a collaborative design exploration to tease out more details of the inquiries. During these sessions, teams can utilize the Global Change Collective (the augmented intelligence networking app that Bloom uses for Pollination and the network at large), to source wisdom and expertise from other attendees at Pollination, as well as other networks in the GCC such as the UN, B Team, and more.

At the closing plenary session on Day 1, with all Pollination attendees, the support teams for Pollination Labs will make a call out for remaining expertise or stakeholder input needed on specific challenges or prototype ideas that surfaced in day one’s sessions.

Day two will be focused on iterating solutions or innovations on each focus area. Teams will share about and research existing organizations who might be working on these problems and already have solutions. The facilitators will support participants in using design prototype processes that are commonly used in product development teams and innovation labs.

At the close of day two’s Labs, each team will issue a recommendation of how to move forward, whether that is proposing a new protoype to develop and test over the coming year, or identifying an existing initiative or combination of them that, if better supported and well-resourced, could adequately address the problem at scale. These will be reported in the full group plenary, and published in the post event communique.

Outcomes will be supported in the year following Pollination by a set of organizations who have stepped up to anchor development processes for issues that are aligned with their goals.

Here is an example of the full arc of one breakout team, from prior to Pollination through year two of its execution. This is the hypothetical example of if we decided to make a revolving loan fund for regenerative cooperatives right there on the spot at Pollination, with a set of initial funders and cooperatives to apply it to. (To view a higher resolution image go here.)

Please continue reading the next blog post in this series to learn about how the outcomes from Pollination will be nurtured over the following year to support their development.

Post-Pollination: The Year-Long Cycle…


We have designed this program to support the level of collaboration that is necessary for this time of rapid transition, and to cross-pollinate resources and capacities across industries and silos that together have the ability to create healthier, more equitable human systems. This whole process will be documented and made available to other conferences, and our teams will be available to help with implementation.