Pando Populus is an executive producer of education and communications initiatives and events, strategically chosen to help fast-track a more resilient LA County. We connect together diverse groups from academic, government, art and design, faith (and no faith), business, and activist communities to make stuff happen.
The challenges we’re up against are big. Like creating culture shift in one of the world’s most diverse metropolitan areas. Producing change-maker initiatives that break out of silos. Busting past bureaucratic hurdles. And reaching across ideological and communication barriers.
Our inaugural event brought together 1,500 people from around the globe to rethink civilization in explicitly ecological terms. John B. Cobb, Jr., pioneer at the intersection of philosophical theology and the environment and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, served as intellectual architect.
Since then, we’ve put shovels in the ground for an eco-homeless shelter. Developed community gardening and urban farming initiatives in the cities of Carson and Ontario. Helped launch field-based education initiatives related to the region’s great watersheds. Deepened interfaith collaboration for the Earth. And created a remedy for burnout among local social justice and environmental change-makers.
We create capacity for our partners. And help them accomplish initiatives together that are difficult to pull off alone. Think old-fashioned barn-raisings, with an urban and eco twist.
A taskforce of Chief Sustainability Officers has been formed to advise on the initiatives we launch and to coordinate with countywide sustainability work.