I will clean this up later, but this is from a recent conversation on funding mechanisms online, instigated by Nathalia Scherer who works at Daostack, about how to manage hypothetical (near-future?!) massive funds being donated to planetary regeneration (for example instead of Notre Dame).
Travis Kriplean: "We should probably be creating new bioregional institutions that could actually translate these massive funds into regenerative culture.
Each bioregion has an institution dedicated to its health. The institutions are in charge of (1) accepting funding to be put to use for the bioregion; (2) identifying socioecological needs of the bioregion; (3) distributing money to organizations and/or people who are working toward those needs; (4) creating calls for proposals for needs that are not being addressed yet by anyone in the bioregion.
If money flows in at a higher level than a single bioregion, there might also be a global institution that identifies high-need bioregions (with needs defined as criteria, collectively). This institution reroutes the finance proportionally to the areas of need. I imagine that quite often the money would be going to helping identify and set up the bioregional institutions themselves (possibly be something akin to basic income for the folks who want to do the work)."
My response here:
this is also kinda what Bloom Network does (http://bloomnetwork.org) - we just started calling our local chapters by their bioregion names, or something similar at a smaller scale, some kind of water-related place identifier usually. Next Wednesday we're doing a planning meeting related to the financial+action piece locally at our Bloom Yuba Watershed meetup.
Also Nathalia, I've been feeling this one too, the general post, and thinking mostly about that piece (the governance / community leadership / socially equitable leadership distribution / place-centered and movement-centered leadership) for the last seven years, and figuring people were developing the technology to do it. Planning to gather some folks in SF in June to work on laying out what fin tech tools we could use, since we'll need to implement something like this for the incubator-ish thing we're putting together for Bloom's Pollination conference in August. So far was thinking something like SwarmFund + Aragon (I haven't connected with DaoStack + Holo communities yet since a close friend works on Aragon so it's easy to ask them all the questions) + I don't know what mainstream institutional funding mechanisms there are so we'll be inviting folks who do know. Plan is to make whatever we come up with there and through Pollination open source somehow - document it in a way that anyone can do it, with other tools and communities, specific issues, etc.
Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory has been developing a democratic philanthropy practice that can apply to multi-sector funding collaboration. Led by movement leaders who are on the ground and know what communities and the land needs, many of whom are people of color and in collaboration with Indigenous peoples. Each year they revise the criteria for what's most important to fund. The process is a little clumsy and time-intensive but that's partly because they've been developing it as they go and the founders were white philanthropists so there has been a lot of privilege unpacking to do, and systemic analysis of the world of philanthropy in general, how grants often get made based on funders' whims and preserving their power etc. Anyway - I can share with you about that process and/or you could talk with other grassroots / "grasstops" (regional organizations that collaboration with both grassroots and institutional layer partners) leaders from that collaborative. http://thrivingresilience.org/.
Anyway, happy to share my experience and thinking on this in more detail in any way that might be helpful. The power stack is a huge part of it, like designing the finance collaboration to disrupt the siphoning of resources from communities and oppressed peoples - cryptocurrency can enable international collaboration and I'm hoping smart contracts can bridge the institutional and community pathways so we can wire stuff together. None of the existing finance sector pathways really has healthy solutions for what needs to happen right now, on their own, as far as I can tell.
Re: daostack / aragon and any other tech software that can support this - if I understand all those things correctly at all they can to some degree be wired together as communities use them and we're in relationship with each other, even if it's just through talking and sharing best practices. Oh right, we're doing a decentralized governance hackathon at Pollination in August to flesh this stuff out too - probably specific to Bloom Network since it's a mesh/networking organization. I'm not sure how far we'll get but we're going to have to have some kind of pooled finance mechanism set up by then that can support cross-sector decision making for resource allocation. That's mostly what we're doing at Pollination, is getting different regenerative culture leaders and supporters or interested people together to collectively decide what initiatives we put resources into (financial and otherwise) over the coming year to support regenerative cultures.
Very broadly I think of all this as an international cooperative, with micro economies forming locally as well. Though technically I'm not sure yet what that looks like - legally there is no such thing so it's only possible through DAO's.
Learning graphic design nourishes my being-organized OCD. This week I made a custom designed task planner in Illustrator! Glad to have the capacity to optimize my workspaces IRL and online for beauty, to make working pleasant.
Now, if I can eventually help design an interface mesh with customizable skins for people and organizations to use their own portal/interface for multiple social networks and communication hubs, coupled with some kind of secure digital identity system with user-controlled data permissions...... I'll be stoked.
I have this weird and really intense aversion to communication hubs requiring you to visit a site that is not your own homebase. It's like my main pet peeve about the internet. I think this could be created with a couple good coders or a crew who do API integrations and some amazing UX people. I'm probably going to try Superhuman for email first before wading further into this. But it's on my dream roadmap for Bloom to do once we're stable and have a dev team or partnership with one.
I think this design change would potentially free up a lot of potential for rapid collaboration and equitable business models toward working on climate change and all its connected issues.
I've been posting several blog entries about network design... perhaps I will collect this into a design packet called "My Dream Way of Using the Internet."
Update: I recently listened to this podcast about Scuttlebutt that helped me understand it better. I'll get on there soon to explore - it's along the lines of a mesh interface and has, for example a standard for modular UI apps <3. This thing also seems rad (skill sharing and ideation app)! Thanks to John Gieryn for connecting me to the Scuttlebutt universe, he's a great curator of rad ideas and media creators. So far the UI on the apps I'm seeing here aren't exactly what I'm thinking of but much of the tech is there.
You can now support the work I'm doing via my Patreon page at http://patreon.com/imaginationhealer. My first goal, at $200/month (I'm already halfway there!), is to produce a video series about my experiences living on gift economy for 5 years. Here's the intro video I made for that, and I hope you'll check out the fun and helpful rewards and choose a tier to support at. Thank you!
I have been looking for good writing on private property issues. This piece by Martin Adams is a nice take on "the commons" and financial systems infrastructure. Also check out his book, Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World.
rites of passage walking into the business and media worlds this month
- drafted my first contracts
- consultations with lawyers
- conflict resolution (oh my goodness have i had experience with that over the past few years. it's an interesting exercise in learning how to be very careful and conscious with what one says, and knowing how to communicate appropriate boundaries.)
- interviews with amazing shamanic brothers
- partnership meetings and strategy
- watching media for research, not inspiration
- emerging from my subculture bubbles of avant-garde, experimental, and activism, to be more receptive to learning other vocabulary and concept structures
When I first decided to resign as a professional classical pianist and work in the visual arts, I wrote a mini-proposal for a museum of artists working with art and technology, that would feature a biannual exhibit of interior environment design, where an interior architect, a materials scientist, a psychologist, and an artist would collaborate to showcase new materials and explore the creative possibilities of innovative spaces. What I'm actually doing now is far more complex and larger scale, but shares the interdisciplinary aspect, and the day-to-day tasks of a director.
A big part of my currents projects' focus is the built environment and its impact on ecological systems' and humans' health. One big thing shifted - I did not go through formal education to learn skills. Because of that, or because of destiny, I developed an awareness of what is going on in the world, outside of formalized containers and industrialized career fields. So I'm choosing more practical and less abstract applications of my synthesizing creator mind. I never thought I would follow such an unconventional path, nor that learning could actually be brutal, terrifying, and kinds of difficult I didn't even know existed. At the end, I get self-appointed rainbow stripes ;P
I still wish I'd learned how to write like people learn to in college though. I should probably backtrack on that one.
A story about how we can DIY a society where people are actually happy and empowered.
I have been researching financial permaculture lately - using the 3 ethics of permaculture (Care of Earth, Care of People, and Fair Share of Surplus) to inform how one runs a business. I'll eventually write a longer post summarizing the organizations I've been learning about, but here is one now!
The Ecotrust Foundation acts as an incubator for social enterprise, and a capital vehicle for organizations that inspire change toward healthy ecosystems and resilient communities.
You can see more of their work on their website - http://www.ecotrust.org/
"Ecotrust believes that the wellbeing of people and the planet are inextricably linked. We believe that diverse, healthy ecosystems are the foundations of healthy communities, which together form the bedrock for healthy economies. Nurture people and nature, and business thrives."
Here is a spread of the areas they focus on. Please join me in thinking about business and commerce in consideration of this kind of scale:
Food & Farms
Forests and Ecosystems Services
Marine Consulting Initiatives
Indigenous Affairs Program
Natural Capital Fund
Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative
The Ecotrust Foundation runs an investment fund called - The Natural Capital Fund - http://www.ecotrust.org/ncf/
Please stay tuned to this blog for links to more permaculture and sustainability incubator and financial institutions.