Open Mesh Platforms

Open Mesh Platforms

An Introduction to the Decentralized Web for Regenerative Projects
presented by Bloom Network 2020-2021

All calls take place the first Monday of each month
@12pm Pacific time

Next call: July 6 – Register Here

Purpose of this educational series:

1) Increase the accessibility of peer-to-peer systems beyond early technical adopters to those working on the community frontlines.
2) Build relationships between software development communities and regenerative leaders on the ground.

What the heck is the decentralized web?

Yes exactly, that’s why we’re doing this. Here are some great intros from Mozilla, Internet Archive, and about Europe’s Next Generation Internet initiative.


July 6, 12pm Pacific (Register here)
Already since beginning this series, a few working groups have formed. We’re currently feeling out the right balance between training/introduction calls and calls where we hack on Bloom Network itself. On July 6 we’ll plot out next steps for 1) setting up a continuous fundraiser to raise a community loan through Bloom memberships, utilizing DAO technology (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) and 2) looking into creating a protocol for the types of value exchanges Bloom members want to do with each other. If you are brand new to the dWeb / Web 3 etc, you’ll still be able to learn things during this session.

Below are sessions we plan to host over the coming year. We are forming the schedule month-by-month as we go. If you have the ability to do one of these trainings or explain to noobs what these projects are, please get in touch, thank you!

  • Decentralized web protocols – designed for privacy, distributed power and control of resources, and better connectivity in the developing world. Featuring Scuttlebutt, Blockstack, IPFS, Swarm. 
  • Training: How to use cryptocurrency for the first time – bitcoin and ethereum, introduction to wallets Samourai and, introduction to Metamask
  • How digital platforms enable decentralized governance, including introductions to Aragon, DaoStack, and Colony
  • Training: How to use DAI stablecoin to store cryptocurrency at a stable exchange rate. Cryptocurrency value fluctuates wildly at this stage in its adoption. In order to issue payouts for projects without the risk of losing value, teams can use stablecoins that are pegged to the value of the US dollar.
  • Publishing and media distribution on the decentralized web
  • Art and the blockchain: tools for artists to be compensated for digital sharing of their works
  • Training: How to use Kraken to withdraw cryptocurrency to state currency in your bank account. Not every country has access to Kraken, however, most countries do have a cryptocurrency exchange that is trustworthy.
  • Sovereign Identity Tools for data privacy – imagine if your social profile data was anchored primarily in your own account and not owned by a company like Facebook or Google. There are implications for a more economically equitable internet, protection from algorithmic manipulation of behavior (such as what you purchase and what you believe), and more. We’ll take a peek at the farthest along identity tools to date: Blockstack, U-Port, Jolocom, 3Box, and JLINC.
  • Training: Introduction to Aragon
  • Token Engineering – what is it, when not to use it, how communities can use it now – cutting through the noise
  • Cooperatives on the Blockchain. How smart organizations enable federated coops, easy and cheaper international exchange, and the sophisticated governance methods people need to collaborate with equitable power dynamics.
  • Introduction to deFi – What is decentralized finance, what tools exist to do it, and what are good use cases for it?
  • Regen Network – a regenerative agriculture application of blockchain designed to incentivize carbon drawdown and ecosystem restoration
Blockchain for Social Justice

Blockchain for Social Justice

Blockchain for Social Justice is a collective of social justice minded individuals from various sectors coming together to support the development of blockchain projects that serve the most vulnerable. They do developer training, community education, and project design consulting. Director Daisy Ozim will be a keynote speaker at Bloom’s Pollination conference in San Francisco, 2019.

Learn more on their website:

They believe every blockchain project should be designed to uplift marginalized communities and eliminate the wealth gap, poverty, inter-generational trauma and promote true democracy within unfair institutions. 

Cryptocurrency is a tool of economic sovereignty. In order to make sure it is used as such, efforts must be made to reclaim its purpose.

Their crew hosted a conference in San Francisco in 2018. Simulation did a series of video interviews with the presenters. Listening to these is a great way to find an introduction to what is going on in cryptocurrency and some of the most interesting social equity use cases of it. Here’s the first one with McKenzie Slaughter of Beyond Capital Markets. Watch the whole series here.

Lastly, check out the B4SJ resources page to support people in accessing the tools and knowledge necessary to engage in the blockchain ecosystem.