Post-Pollination: The Year-Long Cycle

Following Pollination, Bloom Network and partnered organizations will facilitate an ongoing process to nurture the regenerative relationships that have formed through Pollination. All participants receive a one-year membership to Bloom Network’s online platform, including ongoing networking and collaborating, continued skillshares through digital video calls, and more.

Here are a few of the ongoing outcomes we foresee coming together and continuing to cross-pollinate during the year following Pollination. Our design team is currently fleshing this out more, as well as designing for self-organization to happen.

  • We’ll come together online and in-person at regular rhythms to support everyone in moving in a coherent direction together. These check-ins will also support partnerships that came together at the conference, to continue forming and gaining traction.
  • For projects that have excitement (collective will to continue) and are critical, we hope to see these matched with relevant incubators and accelerators.
  • Bloom Network will complete documentation, insights, and publications that emerge from the event, and distribute them to the teams, movements, and organizations that would benefit from the information and/or be able to contribute further to its actualization and development. This is a team that Pollination participants can join after the conference.
  • We’d like to see emergent coalitions and working groups walk away with team leads or organizational anchors who have capacity to further the collective process. It’s possible the “Working Across Organizations” lab will have created sets of tools these teams can use. Our governance hackathon‘s goal is to have a DAO up and running shortly after Pollination, for ease of economic collaboration.

In our hypothetical example team of making a revolving loan fund for regenerative cooperatives we predict the following kinds of outcomes via the year-long cycle of Pollination: 1) in a partnership that formed between two organizations who were represented on the initial team, one of them had their marketing needs met, and the org that offered the marketing was able share methodologies to their community, which then benefited from and amplified the impact of those practices. 2) Over the year from 2019 to 2020, the revolving loan fund was tested out on six organizations that were operating to address a similar scope of concern. It was successful, and a review process was done in March 2020. 3) In May 2020 the group anchoring this loan fund applied to the MacArthur Foundation and received a large grant to apply the innovation to two other contexts, again with six organizations in each context, to boost the capacity of not just one organization but the system they’re working on transforming

Click here to view an overall flow map of this entire program, its inputs, and its follow-through structure.

Mansi Kakkar is the lead designer of this program, bringing her experience of working on innovation design labs around with the world with MIT’s D-Lab, Stanford, and the Social Innovation Collective which she founded to focus on development led by communities on the ground, from their own frameworks and understandings. Bloom Network has operated as an informal community incubator since its inception in 2008 as Evolver Network. Several teams have designed components that helped form Pollination Labs. Conference designer Alicia Boyd proposed a formalized collaborative incubator to happen at Pollination, based on a vision she had to increase social impact work’s efficacy. Today, every company getting involved brings their own prowess into play. We believe that collaborative, open systems like this are necessary to support the scale of adaptation that must be done as we face climate and human systems change.

Regenerative Action Day on Earth Day

April 22 2020: Dependent upon organizational capacity of Bloom Network, the yearly cycle of Pollination and our local Bloom Chapters will be punctuated with a large-scale multimedia campaign to publicly amplify regenerative solutions and relationships, and to encourage everyone to take action where they live. This is international Earth Day, and we’d like to celebrate that with hands-on action. The Pollination conference each year will be the other “pole” of our year-long process, serving as an immersive think tank and indoor experiential preview.

Addendum: Pollination 2040

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! Million of public participants have been exposed to regenerative solutions through Pollination expos, and the broad ecosystem of organizations and communities dedicated to thriving, regenerative cultures are strongly established and healthy.

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.

Pollination is an integral part of Bloom Network’s overall 2040 vision. Read our miniature Utopic Sci-Fi Permaculture vision, of what we believe is possible through this network, here: https://bloomnetwork.org/goals-vision/.