Pollination Program 2019


Designed with intention as a fully participatory event, Pollination is a unique, highly interactive, next-gen conference experience.

We gather to build regenerative relationships, to care for each other as individuals, organizations, communities, and the planetary ecosystem. These Five Regenerative Qualities will underlie the collaborative sessions happening through Pollination. Every Pollination registrant will be invited to contribute ideas for the exact sessions we do together.

EVENT FLOW

A brief daily opening session places speakers and artists on stage to set the context for building regenerative relationships. During the morning and afternoon interactive sessions, participants have options to create, learn, and connect with each other in different interactive formats. At the close of each day, we come together to share what emerged and identify the next actions we will take together.

Each evening features 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 encourages an embodied experience. Lastly, 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 using state-of-the-art augmented intelligence tools.

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 look forward to being together with you!

Impact Hub SF where Pollination will take place, and the nearby mural on the Women’s Building

DAY 1, AUGUST 17

Opening Plenary, 9:30-10:45 AM

emcee: Maya Zuckerman

Welcome

Opening Keynote: Leading Through Connection
Uvinie Lubecki

Rooting in Place

Whole Group Interactive Welcome: 5 Regenerative Qualities
These qualities form the foundation for everyone at Pollination to practice regenerative relationships with each other, to nurture ourselves, our work, and our communities.

Panel Discussion: Community Health from the Perspective of Bloom’s 7 Themes
Panelists: Daisy Ozim, Will Kleidon, Tony Damico
This panel will illustrate the collaborative approach we’ll be practicing together throughout Pollination. 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 how we will be facilitating ongoing collaboration throughout the year to see our outcomes through to fruition.

Group Song Making

Interactive Sessions
11:00-12:30 and 2:00-4:00

Interactive, participatory sessions during Day 1 at Pollination.

Pollination Labs

Pollination Labs are participatory design breakouts that work on real innovation needs among regenerative development communities.

As Pollination participants register, we gather information about current offerings of their organizations and communities, and identify the gaps, resources, needs or questions they have. Everyone involved in the event actively shapes the genesis of this annual innovation program.

So far we have defined the following two focus areas for the Pollination Labs. Based on participant input, we will form 7-person design teams within each focus area to tackle specific sub-topics. Day 1 will largely be framing the focus areas and each team getting to know one another. Day 2 will be diving into solutions and prototyping.

1) Collaborating Across Organizations

Many organizations attending Pollination are coming up against the ceiling of what our digital, financial, legal, and process tools are built to do within the current extractive and siloed systems. Examples of what might be included here: open source IP and licensing for regenerative enterprises, innovative finance tools, collective decision-making and governance, tech tools for managing projects across organizations.

2) Surfacing Regenerative Development Priorities

This more open track will be a live R&D process we'll do together at the event. We'll do gap analysis, identify high leverage points, and identify the emergent needs of our ecosystem together. Again, the sub-topics of this track will be assigned as we gather more information from participants.

We're open to adding a third track if needed.

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. Read more about the Post-Pollination process to nurture the relationships and outcomes on an ongoing basis: https://bloomnetwork.org/pollination-program-2019/#post-pollination

Each team will have a facilitator, a scribe, and an artist. If a question comes up during a lab session that it's possible someone at the event has an answer for or experience with, that question will be fed back into the full-group process so that we can best cross-pollinate wisdom as a whole community. If a good match is found, that person will be invited into the session to assist, or will speak with one of the team members to relay the information needed. Pollinators will go between all aspects of the conference throughout the day to support this process, observe patterns, and catalyze group insights.

Please note that it is required to sign up for Pollination Labs prior to Pollination, and commit to being in your track throughout the duration of the conference's breakout sessions. There will be a total of 7.5 hours across the two days to be in immersive design process with your team.

Workshops and 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 and ask 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. Workshops will be posted below as they are confirmed. No pitches, please.


Confirmed sessions to date:

Metrics and Measurement for Regenerative Development:

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.

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.

Talks & Case Studies

Your registration survey will ask you if there are talks or case studies you'd like to share with other Pollination participants. We encourage people to share methodologies, research, artistic offerings, and social movement insights and strategies here. In considering what to offer, feel into the unusual cross-pollination of roles and industries who will be here, as well as what would most nurture regenerative relationship building and our collective capacity together.

Match-making

We'll be using either a large visual board or an app to match people and organizations' services, needs, and regenerative offerings. During the session blocks, you'll have the opportunity to pair up with your matches for a conversation to explore future partnership or to cross-pollinate in the moment. Group "speed dating" rounds will also occur to more openly connect.

People participating in the Pollination Labs tracks will have the opportunity to be matched following the conference, during lunch and during the evening lounge times.

People in the "Pollinator" role will be going between this board, the Pollination Labs and other aspects of the conference to surface novel matches and collective intelligence.

Lunch 12:30-1:50 //
Brain Breath 4:00-4:30

Closing Plenary, 4:30-5:30 PM

Wrap Up Reportbacks

  • Pollination Labs Insights
  • Matchmaking Highlights
  • Workshop Outcomes

Closing Roundtable Discussion

5:30 – 7:00 Herbal Cocktail Reception

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

DAY 2, AUGUST 18

Opening Plenary, 9:30-10:20 AM

Welcome

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.

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.

Interactive Sessions
11:00-12:30 and 2:00-4:00

Interactive, participatory sessions during Day 2 at Pollination:

Pollination Labs

Pollination Labs are participatory design breakouts that work on real innovation needs among regenerative development communities.

As Pollination participants register, we gather information about current offerings of their organizations and communities, and identify the gaps, resources, needs or questions they have. Everyone involved in the event actively shapes the genesis of this annual innovation program.

So far we have defined the following two focus areas for the Pollination Labs. Based on participant input, we will form 7-person design teams within each focus area to tackle specific sub-topics. Day 1 will largely be framing the focus areas and each team getting to know one another. Day 2 will be diving into solutions and prototyping.

1) Collaborating Across Organizations

Many organizations attending Pollination are coming up against the ceiling of what our digital, financial, legal, and process tools are built to do within the current extractive and siloed systems. Examples of what might be included here: open source IP and licensing for regenerative enterprises, innovative finance tools, collective decision-making and governance, tech tools for managing projects across organizations.

2) Surfacing Regenerative Development Priorities

This more open track will be a live R&D process we'll do together at the event. We'll do gap analysis, identify high leverage points, and identify the emergent needs of our ecosystem together. Again, the sub-topics of this track will be assigned as we gather more information from participants.

We're open to adding a third track if needed.

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. Read more about the Post-Pollination process to nurture the relationships and outcomes on an ongoing basis: https://bloomnetwork.org/pollination-program-2019/#post-pollination

Each team will have a facilitator, a scribe, and an artist. If a question comes up during a lab session that it's possible someone at the event has an answer for or experience with, that question will be fed back into the full-group process so that we can best cross-pollinate wisdom as a whole community. If a good match is found, that person will be invited into the session to assist, or will speak with one of the team members to relay the information needed. Pollinators will go between all aspects of the conference throughout the day to support this process, observe patterns, and catalyze group insights.

Please note that it is required to sign up for Pollination Labs prior to Pollination, and commit to being in your track throughout the duration of the conference's breakout sessions. There will be a total of 7.5 hours across the two days to be in immersive design process with your team.

Workshops and 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 and ask 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. Workshops will be posted below as they are confirmed. No pitches, please.


Confirmed sessions to date:

Metrics and Measurement for Regenerative Development:

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.

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.

Talks & Case Studies

Your registration survey will ask you if there are talks or case studies you'd like to share with other Pollination participants. We encourage people to share methodologies, research, artistic offerings, and social movement insights and strategies here. In considering what to offer, feel into the unusual cross-pollination of roles and industries who will be here, as well as what would most nurture regenerative relationship building and our collective capacity together.

Match-making

We'll be using either a large visual board or an app to match people and organizations' services, needs, and regenerative offerings. During the session blocks, you'll have the opportunity to pair up with your matches for a conversation to explore future partnership or to cross-pollinate in the moment. Group "speed dating" rounds will also occur to more openly connect.

People participating in the Pollination Labs tracks will have the opportunity to be matched following the conference, during lunch and during the evening lounge times.

People in the "Pollinator" role will be going between this board, the Pollination Labs and other aspects of the conference to surface novel matches and collective intelligence.

Lunch 12:30-1:50 //
Brain Breath 4:00-4:30

Closing Plenary, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Panel Discussion: The Business of Art in Regenerative Culture Work
Panelists: Katie Patrick, 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

  • Pollination Labs Insights
  • Matchmaking Highlights
  • Workshop Outcomes

Closing Keynote: Collaborative action at a local and global scale. A vision for the future to steer by.
Magenta Ceiba

Closing Ritual

5:30 – 7:00 Herbal Cocktail Reception

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

BEFORE & AFTER

Governance Hackathon

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.

The purpose of this hackathon is to set up the collective governance 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", hosted by Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute. Using a DAO (What is a DAO?) is the only way to technically run an international cooperative.

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?

Three online sessions of the Governance Hackathon will happen prior to Pollination. During the Pollination Labs we will continue hacking on Multi-Capital Valuation, Shares Distribution and collaborative IP agreements - so that we can set Bloom Network up to functionally work as an international, distributed cooperative co-owned by all members, partners, and Local Action Networks.

On June 27 we will host a small finance mechanisms mastermind with people in finance, fintech, and law, to evaluate if it’s possible to set up a cross-sector finance instrument that we could use to support the projects that emerge from Pollination.

On July 15 we’re hosting an online training on using cryptocurrency for the first time. Register for free here.

For full Governance Hackathon schedule and sessions visit this link: https://bloomnetwork.org/bloom-network-governance-hackathon-2019/

The Year-Long Cycle of Pollination Labs

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.

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

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

April 22 2020: The year-long action cycle of Pollination culminates with a large-scale multimedia campaign to publicly amplify regenerative solutions and relationships, and to encourage everyone to take action where they live.

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.

The expo this year will be a miniature version of what we have planned for Pollination as it grows. Sponsor a booth directly for your company, or one that features a curated set of initiatives you would like to make more visible.

Our full-scale expo design will be on display at Pollination. 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.

In 2020:

Similar to Burning Man’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.

Inspiration Library

Feeling inspired at the event? Want to stick your nose in a book by yourself for a bit?

The inspiration library is a place to drop away from the crowd, sit down to sketch out an idea or riff with new collaborators. 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.

Healing Lounge

The healing lounge is a beautiful, relaxing, nourishing space. You are welcome to simply lounge here and be with your body, to integrate talks and new collaborations you’re experiencing. Please bring healing tools you'd like to share.

On the matchmaking board you can let people know if there's a healing skill you would like to offer to support fellow Pollination participants, or you can write yourself a time at the Healing Lounge desk that you are available for people to sign up for a session with you. <3

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!

Herbal Cocktail Reception

Featuring music, plant allies, and a welcoming space created with intention to engage in heart-centered networking. Wind down the day and relax in an atmosphere of creative magic and love.

Register

Register today to participate in this collaborative experience. Your registration survey will invite you to share what other offerings you’d like to present and what needs you are looking to fulfill for yourself personally, for your organization, and for your communities.

Interested in sponsoring any of these play spaces or other aspects of Pollination? We have several opportunities available including custom options. We can be reached at community@bloomnetwork.org