Bloom Yuba Watershed Meetup #2, May 1 2019

Bloom Yuba Watershed Meetup #2, May 1 2019

You’re invited to the second ever Bloom Yuba Watershed meetup, Wednesday May 1 at Elixart, 408 Broad Street, Nevada City. 7-9:30pm

Voluntary contributions accepted:


About Bloom:

Formerly Evolver Network, Bloom Network is a global in-person social network that utilizes online tools to collaboratively work toward regenerating our planet.

Join fellow entrepreneurs, activists, artists and visionaries to connect, share info & resources, and collaborate toward improving the regenerative well-being of our community, ecosystem, and the world.

Like William Gibson once wrote, “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed”.

www.bloomnetwork.org


***This month’s meetup***
Participatory Community Creation

Following on last month’s inspiring and empowering inaugural meetup, this month’s gathering will focus on fleshing out a plan for the Action Circles that were proposed!

You don’t need to have been at the first one to participate in this. We’ll do a short introduction to Bloom Network for new folks, a couple rounds of “speed dating” networking so we can get to know each other, and then in small groups we’ll ask the following questions:

1) What action circles would you want to participate in, and which ones would you like to lead?
2) What financial relationship can you imagine being supportive to your circle(s)? Or would you rather it be freely accessible, or contribution based?

At the end we will gather the proposals and decide next steps!

Here are a few examples so you can think about it ahead of time:

Sommer Davis proposed a support circle for pregnant women and new mothers. There could be a circle on weaving and natural dyes. Perhaps a hiking circle, or energy + water sustainability.

One financial relationship could be people contributing $xx/month to support the coordination efforts of the people doing the scheduling and anchoring that project. Some might well best be free. An example of a contribution based circle would be offering your skillshare in return for receiving someone else’s.

We have the option of using Aragon, a software tool for digital organizations, to manage any financial relationships we decide on. It’s easy to adjust that as we create together. This will connect with the international Bloom Network which supports our global community of local chapters.


The focus for this meetup emerged from peer leadership at our first gathering. Facilitators: Magenta Ceiba, ECO (executive creative officer) of Bloom Network, and Raking L. Williams, Founder and CEO of Spirits of CBD. Bloom Yuba Watershed is forming in partnership with Yuba Village, who are producing a Village Building Convergence this fall.


Profound thanks to all the people who showed up at our first meetup and created such a beautiful, connected container for this initiative to emerge. We’re honored to be part of its blooming!

We acknowledge that this gathering happens in the ancestral homelands of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. Settlers can help the Nisenan achieve restoration of federal status here: https://www.nevadacityrancheria.org/

Community Land Trusts

From the wiki: Land trusts are a solution for equitable, sustainable rent and home ownership, and neighborhood stability.

“There are numerous variations on the community land trust model, but in the basic framework a nonprofit obtains land, removes it from the market and allows it to be used based on the needs of the neighborhood residents. Typically, the organizations are led by a mix of community members, residents of the land trust, and sometimes, political representatives.” – Jake Blumgart for NextCity.org

Examples of Land Trusts:

  • Sogorea Te’ – urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship
  • Overview of land trusts via NextCity.org
  • Permanent Real Estate Cooperatives via the Sustainable Economies Law Center – “A PREC simultaneously decommodifies land, enables community control for structurally excluded communities, and disrupts root causes of racialized inequality. Unlike a conventional housing cooperative, which is formed to provide housing to a defined group of residents, a PREC could be described as a ‘movement cooperative’ because it is designed to provide housing, build a large membership base, and serve members’ collective goal to transform our neighborhoods and our systems of finance and land ownership.”