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Pollination is a unique, highly interactive, next-gen conference experience.

The purpose of this event is to build relationships and capacity among regenerative culture initiatives.

Mural at the nearby Women’s Building

Day 1 – Saturday, August 17

Doors open at 8:30am

 

Morning Plenary :: Hearth

Emcee: Maya Zuckerman

 

Rooting in Place

9:30 – 9:45

We gather in the Mission district on unceded Ramaytush Ohlone land, in the midst of the forefront of the evolution of technology on Earth, and with movement leadership from many different communities standing together for regenerative well-being. This short talk will contextualize us together in place and time as we begin our journey together for the weekend.

For everyone reading this description, one contribution that non-Indigenous people living on traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone territory can make is to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, through The Shuumi Land Tax.

Leading Through Connection

By Uvinie Lubecki
9:45 – 10:00

To build sustainable organizations, leaders are now recognizing the urgency to learn relational skills to care for themselves and the people they serve. Leading Through Connection trains leaders in compassionate leadership and helps organizations develop cultures of connection and compassion. This keynote will introduce how compassionate leadership can transform your leadership and interactions with others at work.

Five Qualities for Building Regenerative Relationships

By Mansi Kakkar, Social Innovation Collective and Designer for Pollination Labs
10:00 – 10:20

These qualities form the foundation for everyone at Pollination to practice regenerative relationships with each other, to nurture ourselves, our work, and our communities.

Overview of Event Flow and Ongoing Collaboration

By Maya Zuckerman, emcee
10:20 – 10:45

Day 1 – Saturday, August 17 – Interactive Sessions

All Day :: Floor 1 East Wall

Matchmaking

This board is to help participants self-organize partner exploration meetings, and otherwise support each other. Post your services, offerings, and needs. Schedule a short meeting with your matches in the privacy booths throughout Impact Hub.

Pollination Labs

During All Daytime Sessions:: Floor 3 West

Pollination labs are a 2-day design sprint to focus on specific regenerative culture development initiatives, along with a year-long incubation process. Participants are requested to register with their lab prior to the weekend and remain in it during the daytime sessions. The Governance Hackathon has independent sessions on specific topics, and it is open for participants to join one session rather than the entire weekend. Please read more about Pollination Labs via this link.

Fireweed

Lead: Mansi Kakkar

Click here for overview.

 

Trust Graph

Lead: Terran Collective

Click here for overview.

 

Governance Hackathon Session 1

Sponsored by Aragon. Lead: Magenta Ceiba, Bloom Network

Click here for overview.

Climate Emergency Declaration Campaign, Reportback and Invitation

Armando Davila
11:00-11:30 :: Hearth

Armando will share an update of a climate emergency declaration campaign he and his mother, Berkeley Councilmember Cheryl Davila, initiated. Come to learn what it is and how you can participate. Their vision is to enact a ten-year carbon negative regenerative economy working with local governments, and nongovernmental organizations. The project is in year two. More than thirteen local city and county governments have signed the resolution to declare a climate emergency in their district, and they are working together towards regional collaboration.

Armando’s personal intention is to have their second regional summit be a participatory design of the radical transformation of the Bay Area, similar to the Pollination global hackathon. Armando’s values are to embody the radical transition to a just and regenerative economy that can lead the world our challenges. He negotiates this process with a diverse team of professional, elected and grassroots actors.

Governance Hackathon Session 1: Finance Across Organizations

Sponsored by Aragon. Lead: Magenta Ceiba, Bloom Network
11:00-12:30 :: Pollination Labs

SUPER Workshop

by Manuel Maqueda, founder, SUPER Certification and Kumu Innovation Lab
11:40-12:30 :: Hearth

This 45-minute workshop will ask each person: Is reducing disposable plastics usage an actionable gateway to regenerative culture? Together we will decide what actions we will take and recommend among our communities. SUPER is a business certification for single-use plastic elimination and reduction. http://www.super.ngo/

The Layered Architecture of Resilience

by Lorenzo Kristov, Electrical Engineer
11:00-11:50 :: Deep Space

Tech Animism and Decolonizing Emerging Technology

by Anthony Sirios West, Asirios Arts
11:30-12:40 :: Nest

12:30 – 1:00 Brain Breath

 

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

Governance Hackathon Session 2: Legal Hybrids for Regenerative Cooperatives

Sponsored by Aragon. Lead: Magenta Ceiba, Bloom Network
2:00 – 4:00 :: Pollination Labs

Wiser Democracy Training

Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute
2:00 – 4:00 :: Collective Wisdom Room

Seizing the Memes of Production Interactive Demo

Sam Smith, Magic Tool Bus
2:00 – 2:20 :: Patio

Storytime with Miss Hannigan

Hannah Mitchell, Community Lead, Bloom Network
2:00 – 2:20 :: Hearth

Come enjoy a relaxing yarn with Miss Hannigan, the community lead for Bloom Network who is visiting all the way from Whangarei, New Zealand.

On the Yin Frontier

by Robin Gunkel, Bloom Baltimore Organizer, PhD candidate at Prescott University in Sustainability Education
2:30 – 3:00 :: Nest

On the Yin Frontier is an exploration of the feminine not localized within the cultural construction of woman but existing as a fluid space of nurturance and networks within and between cultural constructions of gender. Aspects of reciprocity and regeneration are explored: on the wood wide web in the sharing of resources between trees and how this parallels ancient grandmothers providing nourishment for the extended tribe; in visiting a Peruvian plant center and receiving healing in exchange for icaros, and in the regenerative work of healing a lead-contaminated lot in East Central Baltimore. On the Yin Frontier is an exploration of networks, webs, and a feminine principle that may present itself as a powerful antidote to the ecological crises.

Bloom Global Risk Heat Map

Jarred Taylor, Bloom Whangarei
3:00 – 3:50 :: Deep Space

As a network, the opportunity exists to develop and maintain a live and collaborative global risk heat map e.g. climate risk, natural disaster risk, environment risks, financial system risks. This would enable the community to feed into and work mindfully with the ever changing global and local risk factors. This could include qualitative measures of risks likelihood and impact.

Regenerative Potentialities and Current Limits of VR

Fully immersive panel discussion with Marpi (marpi.pl), Damon Hernandez (Samsung Research), David Ellington (Kunlun Labs, Reality Factory)Anthony West (Asirios Arts), and moderated by Kristin Maher (Merkaba Agency, Inc.) 
3:00 – 3:50 :: Hearth

4:00 – 4:20 Brain Breath

Day 1 – Saturday, August 17

Closing Plenary :: Hearth

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Wrap-Up Reportbacks

  • Pollination Labs
  • Matchmaking Highlights
  • Workshop Outcomes

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Herbal Cocktail Reception

Featuring music, plant allies, and a welcoming space created with intention to engage in heart-centered networking.

Day 2 – Sunday, August 18

Doors open at 8:30am

Opening Plenary :: Hearth

9:30am – 10:00am

Global Dashboards

by Magenta Ceiba, with audience participation

Overview of 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 goals of this keynote are 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. To close, participants will be invited to share dashboards they know of that should be included in our collaborative action.

10:00am – 10:20am

Pollinating the Magic

The Pollinators, who have been wandering between the sessions on Day 1, will share the expertise needs of the Pollination Labs teams. Participants who have experience to contribute are asked to join the team session where their assistance is needed. This is a real-time example of cross-sector collaboration and the kind of capacity we have as a community together after Pollination.

Day 2 – Sunday, August 18 – Interactive Sessions

All Day :: Floor 1 East Wall

Matchmaking

This board is to help participants self-organize partner exploration meetings, and otherwise support each other. Post your services, offerings, and needs. Schedule a short meeting with your matches in the privacy booths throughout Impact Hub.

Pollination Labs

During All Daytime Sessions:: Floor 3 West

Pollination labs are a 2-day design sprint to focus on specific regenerative culture development initiatives, along with a year-long incubation process. Participants are requested to register with their lab prior to the weekend and remain in it during the daytime sessions. The Governance Hackathon has independent sessions on specific topics, and it is open for participants to join one session rather than the entire weekend. Please read more about Pollination Labs via this link. 

Fireweed

Lead: Mansi Kakkar

Click here for overview.

 

Trust Graph

Lead: Terran Collective

Click here for overview.

 

Governance Hackathon

Sponsored by Aragon. Lead: Magenta Ceiba, Bloom Network

Click here for overview.

What Could Migration Also Be?

Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute
10:30 – 12:30 :: Collective Wisdom Room

Click here to read description.

 

Governance Hackathon Session 3: Configuring the Shares Distribution Model for Bloom Network

Sponsored by Aragon. Lead: Magenta Ceiba, Bloom Network
10:30 – 12:30 :: Pollination Labs

Buckminster Fuller Institute
Reportback on Ocean Health Think Tank Research

by Amanda Ravenhill, executive director, Buckminster Fuller Institute
10:30 – 11:30 :: Hearth

Click here to read description.

 

CrowdDoing: Biophilia, a Case Study in Service Learning for Systemic Change

by Bobby Fishkin, Reframe It
11:40 – 12:30 :: Nest

The Biophilia working group has been researching the health benefits of living plant walls in hospitals, to prove the financial and social potentials of implementing this systems change. CrowdDoing organizes large-scale collaboration through corporate volunteering programs, presenting service learning opportunities for staff. Bobby will share their coordination methodologies and invite participation. CrowdDoing is running 11 initiatives for systemic change through research and analytics in interdisciplinary teams. They’re a great example of what is possible with rapid large-scale organizing, and Bobby is a tremendous wealth of information when it comes to social impact and systemic change networks and methodologies. Bobby is available an a project advisor throughout the weekend as well.

 

The Waking Hour: Creating a Culture of Wellness

by Brittany Tilleman, CEO, YBR Promotions, Culture Vulture Agency, and The Waking Hour
11:40 – 12:30 :: Hearth

The Waking Hour was created to empower people to deepen their understanding of living a more authentic and holistic life, while cultivating the skills to thrive individually, in community, and in this rapidly-changing world. Workshop Objective: To help women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and team leaders learn practical exercises for creating more desirable work-life balance and tools for coping with stress, anxiety, and burnout.

 

Communications Strategy Across Organizations

Facilitator David Witzel, with panelists Tony Damico and Katie Patrick
11:40 – 12:30 :: Deep Space

Cross-pollinate with communications people from different organizations and at-large artists. Together we’ll discuss: How can we collaborate to accelerate broader public awareness of regenerative practices? Accessibility and inclusion in communications strategy. What are the structures we need to finance and coordinate communications across organizations?

12:30 – 1:00 Brain Breath

 

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

Future of Work Panel

Panelists: Dr. Joan Ball, more panelists TBA
2:00 – 2:50 :: Floor 1 Hearth

A major topic that has arisen across Pollination attendees so far is that many of us are looking at how we can more effectively work together across different companies, at the scale of collaboration that needs to happen to face today’s challenges and to activate our full potential for creativity. What is corporate structure going to look like in the future? What will marketing look like once older paradigms of manufactured consumption become less effective and less tolerated? What will be the human toll of all of this change coming, and how will it affect the people who are expected to make the shifts. Stir up your questions throughout the weekend and we’ll tackle them together during this panel.

 

Governance Hackathon Session 4 – Setting the agenda to complete Bloom Network’s governance and legal formation over the coming year

Sponsored by Aragon. Lead: Magenta Ceiba, Bloom Network
2:00 – 3:50 :: Floor 3, Pollination Labs

Click here for overview.

Storytime with Miss Hannigan

 Hannah Mitchell, Community Lead, Bloom Network
2:00 – 2:20 :: Floor 2 Nest

Come on a meditative journey through the soundscape of the English and Maori language. Lie down, close your eyes and listen to Hannah weave song and prayer, karakia and waiata together to create a short singing meditation that will help with grounding and connection to Papatuanuku – our Mother Earth.

 

Navigating Complexity in a Time of Flux

by Dr. Joan Ball, resident advisor, Center for Social Innovation in New York City, professor of marketing at St. John’s
3:00 – 3:50 :: Floor 1 Hearth

Working together in new ways is exciting to contemplate, but can be difficult in practice. This is especially true as we seek to break down barriers between organizations and professions with different–sometimes competing–cultures, values and objectives. In this interactive session, we discuss how best to prepare ourselves and our teams to navigate the transition from familiar structures to more complex systems and approaches. We consider together what new skills, tools and services we should be considering now in order to equip more resilient and adaptive teams in the future.

Book Publishing in Community

Jenn Zahrt, PhD, founder, Revelore Press
2:00 – 2:50 :: Floor 1, Bloom Room

What role does publishing play in an increasingly digital world? Will pixels replace print? In this interactive workshop, we delve into the “point” of publishing. What purpose has it it served historically, and should it serve now? When is it time to get serious about publishing, and what avenues are appropriate for which messages? With two decades of experience in the field, and two presses at her command, Dr Jenn Zahrt guides you through a contextual history of the eternal conversation captured in text and orients you to discover your own potential contributions to this archive of human knowledge. Together we’ll explore and outline a bloom-aligned stance on what it means to publish today.

Illustrating Regenerative Cultures

Jam session for artists at Pollination
2:00 – 3:50 :: Floor 3, Interdimension

This is a jam session for artists of all mediums at Pollination, to illustrate, sketch, dream, and design infographics that convey regenerative culture concepts and practices. Bring your most comfortable materials to create with. We will have some paper, pencils, pens, markers, and watercolors available.

Day 2 – Sunday, August 18

Closing Plenary :: Hearth

Wrap-Up Reportbacks

4:00 – 4:30

  • Pollination Labs
  • Matchmaking Highlights
  • Workshop Outcomes

Panel Discussion: Valuing Artists in Regenerative Culture

Moderator: Maya Zuckerman. Panelists:  Nathalie Contreras, ViváSwan, Janine Jordan, Aaron Ableman
4:30 – 5:15

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?

Closing Ritual

5:15 – 5:30

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Herbal Cocktail Reception

Featuring music, plant allies, and a welcoming space created with intention to engage in heart-centered networking

Special Programs

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August 2019 - August 2020

Pollination Labs

Co-Designed by Bloom Network and Social Innovation Collective

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. If you register in this track, you’ll remain with your design team during each of the two-hour blocks during the day. Expand this box to read more details of what this program is.

In this track, you’ll engage in participatory design teams that work on real innovation needs among regenerative development communities. So far we have defined the following two focus areas for the Pollination Labs: Collaborating Across Organizations, and a more open inquiry: Surfacing the Needs of the Regenerative Cultures Community as a Whole.

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.  During your time together, you’ll 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.

You can see a flow map of the year-long arc of Pollination Labs here: https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_kxIdRk8=/

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. Outcomes will include:

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!

Even more important than innovating on the topics themselves, we aim to give people an opportunity to be in a generative mindset and experience that together.

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 design team will available to help with implementation.

Mansi Kakkar is the primary architect of this program, bringing her experience of working on innovation design labs around 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.

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.

  • 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.

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 feeling 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 and Bloom Network together serve to publicly amplify regenerative solutions and relationships, and encourage everyone to take action where they live.

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August 2019 - August 2020

Bloom Network Governance Hackathon

Sponsored by Aragon

The purpose of this year-long hackathon is to configure the cooperative ownership system for Bloom Network, using a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) in parallel with a nonprofit organization. There will also be workshops happening at Pollination related to "wise democracy" and "networked governance," hosted by Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute. Expand this box to read more details and see the agenda.

The Governance Hackathon is sponsored by Aragon. Aragon empowers you to freely organize and collaborate without borders or intermediaries. Create global, bureaucracy-free organizations, companies, and communities.

(What is a DAO?)

During the hackathon we will look at:

  • How do we govern Bloom Network and distribute resources among each other ?
  • 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?

Four sessions of the Governance Hackathon will happen at Pollination. Desired outcomes is to set Bloom Network up to functionally work as an international, distributed cooperative co-owned by all members, partners, and our Local Action Networks.

For background on this process and the beginning outline for the scope of our year-long process, visit this link: https://bloomnetwork.org/bloom-network-governance-hackathon-2019/

Play Spaces

Pollination features several spaces to relax, get inspired, and connect with regenerative initiatives.

Exhibition

An immersive exhibition playground featuring solutions, products, services, and practices that are symbiotic with regenerative cultures. Expand this box to read more details.

Booth spaces are available here. A company or foundation can book a booth for themselves, or to feature a curated set of initiatives they would like to make more visible.

Pollination 2019 will feature one demo booth of our full-scale exposition design, to model for you what we are creating together. Talented landscape architect Darpan Kalyani has crafted a honeycomb exhibition design to create an atmosphere of play and discovery. Honeycomb lattice walls of variable height make the expo floor look like real honeycomb, interspersed with art installations to the healing powers of nature. Explore the hive of ideas and cross-pollinate to your heart’s content.

Enjoy the Magic Tool Bus in the patio of Impact Hub: The Magic Tool Bus is a 25-ft decomissioned Portland TriMet shuttle bus, converted into a tiny home and mobile maker lab, built by Sam Smith who is an open source infrastructure developer. Catch a demo of his 3D printer that prints with recyled plastic! And more inventions and closed-loop systems.

The longterm plan for Pollination is to host a full-scale public exhibition alongside the collaborative innovation conference, so more people are exposed to regenerative solutions. This first year in SF is our small prototype, and we plan to produce the event in multiple cities that have a local Bloom Network chapter, one the same day each year as a global hackathon for regenerative well-being.

In 2020:

Similar to the famous desert festival’s WhatWhereWhen guide, Pollination’s future 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.

VR Zone

Sponsored by Merkaba Media

The VR Zone at Pollination will feature cutting edge content in the areas of spiritual knowledge, ecological and social justice empathy. Expand this box to read what's screening.

Wisdom Teachers VR, by Gary Yost. Experience wisdom transmissions sitting directly across from masters in VR, including Ram Dass, Anna Halpern, Betty Reid Soskin and more.

Covenant VR — Dance as Spiritual Mirror to Ourselves. Choreographer Anandha Ray (who you can see speak in her WisdomVR experience) describes shamanic fusion dance as a blend of many forms of dance with a specific goal: to allow movement to open portals of inquiry to better understand the state of being human. Through this form, she seeks to provide dance as a kind of “spiritual mirror” for us to witness aspects of our humanness that are difficult to talk about, aspects that in our individual experiences we may not be sure others understand. In seeing Covenant you might reflect upon your own life, the humanness you share with others, and the ultimate beauty of being — even in the shadow moments of life.

Photo credit #sanfranciscomovementartsfestival


More pieces to be announced.

Self-Healing Lounge

Nestled on the 3rd floor of Pollination, a healing space is to be found. This is a nourishing, self-directed space for both independent realignment (e.g. flop down and take time out by yourself), or for working with fellow participants who may offer private sessions on the matchmaking board. Expand this box to read more details.

Self-Care

The subject matter at Pollination may be deep at times. When you need time to process things, hang out in the Self-Healing Lounge and do some grounding/centering work. Interact with the artwork and other healing tools that have been brought by participants. ‘Angels’ will also be available to talk to, if a safe shoulder is needed for a hug or chat.

If you have any healing tools you want to share, please bring them and drop them off in the Lounge. We are aware that some are sensitive to smells and essential oils, so this area will only work with topical oils to those who consent.

 

Peer-Care

An opportunity to share your healing skills with others. The matchmaking board, at Floor 1 North, will allow you to organise your own healing sessions with others.

There will be two privacy booths, one with a table and chairs, and one with a massage table. You are encouraged to write on the board what you are offering – example “Three 20 min massages between 2-3pm on Saturday”. If you are interested in taking up one of these the sessions then you can write your name next to the gifter, so they know there is someone to receive.

 

Group Breathing

The Self-Healing Lounge might work with all the people that are in the Lounge at times. Processing things together can be more powerful, so the opportunity for connection in the way of holding hands or breathing together may be offered. In this way we can share the load, and know that we are not alone in doing this work.

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This event is limited to 250 participants total. Register today to attend Pollination 2019.

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