Today I gave a talk as part of MetaFest, a conference/hackathon/festival by MetaGame who are building tools for better human collaboration via Web 3 (crypto, blockchain etc). I tend to be more like the systems engineer for Bloom so I’m not always the best person to talk to about the amazing stuff happening in the local Blooms. Here’s a follow up with a few highlights about what’s going on in the local communities connecting together as Bloom Network:
Muda (seedling in Portuguese) is doing amazing local economy work connecting local organic farm baskets with supporting Black-owned businesses, with encouraging kids in the favelas to meditate, all kinds of things. https://bloomnetwork.org/rio-de-janeiro
In Baltimore they host a yearly festival teaching people all about mushrooms, and sharing art and music about them. They’re also doing a soil remediation citizen science project on a plot of land in Baltimore that has high lead content, using sunflowers to draw the lead out of the soil to be safely disposed of. https://bloomnetwork.org/bloom-baltimore – so they’re kind of an art/science/activism community. One of the neighbors just donated $5K for a mural to be painted there. There’s a deeper relationship building / relationship repair aspect to that project, collaborating across race division in Baltimore.
In Columbia Missouri the crew there is building a more meaningful, impact / do-stuff-together social scene so people can do positive action together and have deeper conversations than tend to happen in bars. They’re also helping kids plant plants and design art to go in an inner city school courtyard, to help them learn that they have autonomy to change their environment together.
The Diamante Bridge Collective in Costa Rica has a few folks here in MetaGame, and several people who work on Giveth – they’re also a local Bloom chapter, so they’re doing the dream hybrid IRL regional regeneration of natural ecosystems and healthy people, in tandem with digital economies.
In Portsmouth Virginia the crew there is a coalition of 12? groups doing things like making bike lanes, giving people free food boxes of living plants, painted by local artists for hybrid art/healthy food access. They’re also doing civic collaboration with the city, surveying people about what changes they want to see in the town.
In Vallejo, California the crew there started a teahouse that is a community center that hosts workshops, has a healing room people can book, and music nights, with exhibiting art covering pretty much every surface.
Near Kampala Uganda, the Bloom there is making financially viable large scale permaculture/agroforestry gardens that are women-led cooperatives, and they implemented permaculture training in the Ugandan school system, so kids are implementing the food practices in their homes and making more healthy organic food access and economic sovereignty to get away from aid dependence. They do education across Africa, their team is ridiculous and we talk for like hours when we get on the phone lol. We’re releasing a report about their approach in collaboration with a university from the Netherlands in the coming months.
There are so many stories…. the people who started the Decriminalize Nature movement met at a Bloom Bay Area event I produced. It’s hard to encapsulate the deep relationships that form simply through doing recurring events and decentralized coalition building in an area.
If you want to read blogs by the local chapters themselves, click on the photos on the Find-a-Bloom page: https://bloomnetwork.org/find-a-bloom/ – And if you’re interested in starting a local Bloom, email a short hello firstname.lastname@example.org to get a slideshow about what’s involved and see how to get started. You can join Bloom as a member here – caveat that we’re still in the process of formalizing our digital layer and how folks who aren’t yet part of a local Bloom collaborate and learn together.
Love and liberation!