Designed with intention as a fully participatory event, Pollination is a unique, highly interactive, next-gen conference experience.
We will land in an embodied context of regenerative cultures together throughout the event to catalyze the ongoing innovations our global community requires to be well.
EVENT FLOW OVERVIEW:
A brief daily opening session places speakers and artists on stage to guide establishment of collective context and creation of the container. Participants then have the option to engage in the Action Incubator Innovation Sessions, Open Session Skillshares, or contribute to the Governance Hackathon. At the close of each day, we come together for a short plenary focused on open discussion, reportbacks, and the ritual of reflection.
Saturday evening also includes an Herbal Cocktail Reception featuring music, plant allies, and a welcoming space created with intention to engage in heart-centered networking. The onsite Healing Lounge and Inspiration Library offer supportive space to encourage a holistic, embodied experience while a VR/AR exhibition showcases cutting edge work happening in that space throughout the gathering.
Pollination is intimately connected with Bloom Network and our online collaboration platform. Upon registration you will have the opportunity to activate your Bloom annual membership and begin collaborating with the global network in advance of the event.
You’ll find more detail on each event component below to give you a full picture of the experiences and outcomes we’re cultivating at Pollination 2019. We very much look forward to being together with you!
emcee: Maya Zuckerman
Day 1, August 17
8:30 – 10:20 AM
Opening Keynote: Leading Through Connection
Whole Group Interactive Welcome
Panel Discussion: Community Health from the Perspective of Bloom’s Theme
Panelists: Daisy Ozim, Will Kleidon, Tony Damico
- This discussion will illustrate the collaborative approach we’ll be practicing together throughout the event. We will discuss individual health in the context of social and environmental systems, to catalyze our collective potential at this juncture of humanity.
Overview of Event Flow
- Reminder of the different session formats available throughout the conference, and a rundown of the ongoing collaboration throughout the year to see our outcomes through to fruition.
Program Published to the Board
Group Song Making
5:15 – 6:00 PM
Wrap Up Reportbacks
- Incubator Program
- Skillshare Sessions
- Governance Hackathon
Closing Roundtable Discussion
Roundtable Report Backs
6 – 7:30 Herbal Cocktail Reception
- Featuring music, plant allies, and a welcoming space created with intention to engage in heart-centered networking.
Day 2, August 18
8:30 – 9:30 AM
Opening Keynote: Global Dashboards
- Speaker will share a set of global dashboards maintained by different organizations to measure the health of the planet, its people and all life here. This will embrace both a UN perspective and an anti-colonial perspective. The goal of this keynote is to make sure delegates have common big-picture reference points and to support coherence in our ability to act together across different domains in a collaborative way. The speaker will also touch on the methodologies used to formulate and maintain these dashboards.
Panel Discussion: Measuring Social Change
- This panel will discuss methods of measuring social change used by a variety of types of organizations and networks. Incubators, VC’s working in the social impact space, governmental organizations and grassroots communities.
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Panel Discussion: The Business of Art in Regenerative Culture Work
Panelists: Aaron Ableman, Janine Jordan, more TBA
- Art plays a deep role in bringing new perceptions and emotional connectivity, as well as a fabric for people communicate with nature, our souls, and our communities. What role do artists play in regenerative culture work, and how can their contributions be recognized, valued and supported? Panelists might include a music industry professional, two indigenous artists from different Nations, a technologist or lawyer working on open copyright and blockchain automated rights management, and a visual designer familiar with agency work as well as grassroots arts activism.
Wrap Up Reportbacks
- Incubator Program
- Skillshare Sessions
- Governance Hackathon
Closing Keynote: Collaborative action at a local and global scale. A vision for the future to steer by.
10:30am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm
In the daily space between opening and closing sessions, participants are invited to break out into collaborative innovation sessions (the Action Incubator), organized around Bloom Network’s Themes for Regenerative Cultures. This year’s central theme (and the weaving thread of our entire event/incubator design) is a focus on cultivation of Collective Wisdom.
These active, fully participatory breakouts connect people and organizations currently working in each defined topic area with experts from variant areas who would like to contribute to it…
… P O L L I N A T I O N …
This is the core of Pollination’s purpose.
We gather to land in an embodied experience of regenerative culture, to actively work together to generate, share, and nourish each other with regenerative innovation that supports the individual, the organization, the community, and the global holistic ecosystem.
As participants complete registration, we gather information about current offerings of their organizations and communities, as well as work to identify the gaps, resources, needs or questions they have individually or as a collective. Everyone involved in the event actively shapes the genesis of this annual innovation program.
Action Incubator Goals:
1. Establish a shared context of regenerative cultures to support mobilization and implementation of regenerative culture innovations.
2. Create a well organized and easily accessible network of change agents across various aspects of regenerative culture activity in order to share resources and best practices. Create a decentralized space for active CROSS-POLLINATION!
3. Identify the full spectrum of actors in the regenerative culture ecosystem and their shared, primary innovation needs.
4. Collectively choose the specific innovation areas we will support as an Action Network over the coming year through a process of incubation and mentorship. (This process is designed in concert with the specific needs of the participatory group and their collective decisions during the Action Incubator.)
The Action Incubator is an ongoing process of connection and mutual support.
The year-long action cycle culminates with a large scale multimedia campaign to publicly amplify solutions we’ve created throughout the Action Incubator process in order to make this regenerative culture resource accessible to as many people as possible, serving as a tool for holistic flourishing in their bioregion, industry, community, family, and self.
Open Session Skillshares
Is there a specific skill, training, or concept demonstration you would like to share with participants to increase our collective capacity and success? Your summit registration survey will accept proposals as well as work to identify areas of skill development you would find personally or organizationally beneficial. Based on the information collected by the registration survey, our design team will curate best-fit offerings on a rolling basis as they are submitted. The Open Session Skillshares will be posted below as they are confirmed. No pitches, please.
Confirmed sessions to date:
Full Group Benchmarking Session:
- All delegates will have the opportunity to share and analyze successful practices across multiple aspects of regenerative social change, as well as discuss what practices are not working and why. Together we will identify a matrix of best practices that can be used as benchmarks throughout the year to support initiatives toward greater regenerativity and effectiveness.
Bloom Network is functionally a distributed international cooperative, made up of members, partners, and local action networks. How we govern this and distribute resources among each other is the subject of this hackathon. Today it is possible to run such a business, in a way that meshes with existing governments and industry sectors, as well as grassroots leadership. The hackathon will also feature workshops and demos to support other distributed networks and organizations who attend Pollination.
How do local Bloom networks manage organizational resources in a way that supports healthy bioregional activity and an equitable economy for all? Who owns and manages Bloom Network as a brand? How are Bloom programs interwoven with other businesses and organizations, so that we support the ecosystem of regenerative activity as a whole? How is this managed technically?
In June, we will host a small finance mechanisms mastermind with people in finance, fintech, and law, to make some progress on this ahead of the event.
The hackathon at Pollination will also feature participatory workshops to expose Pollination participants to technology tools that are available to facilitate decentralized organizations today, including blockchain applications and collective wisdom practices for making deeply informed decisions in groups.
An immersive exhibition playground featuring regenerative solutions among Bloom’s 7 key focus areas: collective wisdom, global justice, community health, the creative arts, ethical technology, peer-to-peer economy, and earth stewardship.
The expo this year will be a miniature version of what we have planned for Pollination as it grows. Six tables are available this year for sponsor spots, to feature businesses that are symbiotic with regenerative cultures. Sponsor a table directly for your company, or one that features a curated set of initiatives you would like to make more visible.
Talented landscape architect Darpan Kalyani has crafted a honeycomb exhibition design to create an atmosphere of play and discovery. When we transition to a larger space, the exhibition will be open to the public so more people are exposed to regenerative solutions.
Similar to Burning Man’s WhatWhereWhen guide, the expo will host demonstrations, skillshares, and interactive happenings throughout the day, interspersed with lots of art. Imagine seeing an art installation about mushrooms used for medicine and toxic land repair, while hearing someone in the next booth talking about financing for renewable energy projects, and seeing a demonstration of restorative justice happening behind that. That is the honeycomb playground of regenerative innovation that we plan to instigate in all the cities that host Pollination!
The expo design will be on display at Pollination. We’re aiming to build one demo booth so you can see where we’re going with this!
Feeling inspired at the event? Want to stick your nose in a book by yourself for a bit?
The inspiration hub is a place to drop away from the crowd and sit down to sketch out an idea or meet with a new collaborator to discuss possible futures. This room will be outfitted with meeting tables, post-its, markers, and inspirational materials.
It will also have a library of books written by speakers and participants. If you would like to include your book in the library, please bring it to the event, and include your contact info inside the front cover.
The healing lounge is a beautiful, relaxing, nourishing space. Healers curated by Jeff Bausemer of East Meets West Medicine Fest. You are also welcome to simply lounge here and be with your body, to integrate talks and new collaborations you’re experiencing.
The subject matter we’ll be addressing at this conference will be deep at times. If at any point you need support, please look for the “angels” who will be wearing special hats. They are safe people to talk with if you need someone to process with or receive a hug!
Specific healers will be posted here prior to the event. If there is something you or your community has been struggling with that you haven’t been sure how to find support for, please feel welcome to email us ahead of time and we’ll see if we can bring a practitioner here for you to connect with.