Pando Populus is a platform for people who care about big ideas and the Earth. Our aim is to create an ecological civilization.

We’ve taken our name from the largest and oldest organism on the planet — a giant quaking aspen tree, spread over more than a hundred acres, thousands of years old, connected by a single root system.
Various movements and organizations focus on one aspect or another of ecological concern. We endorse and celebrate their work.

Pando Populus, however, is different in scale and scope. Rather than focus on isolated fixes, our ambition is to serve as a forum from which to challenge basic assumptions of the modern industrial world and propose ecological alternatives.

What would business and finance look like if the aim of creating a thriving ecosphere becomes the goal of the economy? 
What would religion be like if it were to focus on world loyalty as opposed to sectarian or national loyalty or world escape?
How would the university be reshaped if it accepted responsibility for the future of the Earth rather than attempt to be value-free?

Philosophical environmentalist John B. Cobb, Jr. puts it this way:

“To see the world with ecological relations at its core
means never to see it in the same way again.”

On June 4-7, 2015, we created Pandomonium!
“Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization”


“Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization” (June 4-7, 2015) focused on the big ideas that matter for a thriving ecosphere, featuring hundreds of presenters covering more than eighty areas of specialty. Some 2,000 people attended.

An inaugural Pando Populus event, the conference centered around the idea that there is an alternative to the modern industrial way of life we now have established over almost all of the globe, and that in order to survive catastrophic conditions we must seize an alternative way of thinking and living. The alternative is best described as an ecological worldview.

Pando Hubs in LA


A big, bold experiment in creating ecological civilization one Hub at a time across Los Angeles County.

Pando Hubs are places where life is being rethought from the ground up, with the planet’s health and the health of each other in mind. Pando Hubs root the big, positive ideas we have about the shape of the future to the Earth.

To pull this off, we’re going to need your help!

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