We turn hopes and worries into action to solve the world’s biggest problems. And we’re succeeding.


Pando Populus is a non-profit producer of initiatives and events bringing Los Angeles County change-makers together to take on high-impact challenges that can’t be pulled off alone.

We increase the capacity of our partners, break down barriers between specialty silos, and thicken the connective tissue between environmental and social justice organizations by bringing them together for bold initiatives.

We’re fast-tracking the California Southland toward greater community resilience.

We focus our work at the intersections between organizations, and provide transdisciplinary educational resources to support it. We help keep partners joined together for ongoing impact.

Pando Populus was founded in the fall of 2014, with our inaugural conference held on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA in June of 2015 for some 1,500 people. The event, titled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” explored more than eighty different tracks in the sciences and humanities, rethinking civilization along ecological lines. John B. Cobb, Jr. was the intellectual architect of the conference and is Pando’s founding chair.

We take our name from the largest and one of the oldest organisms on Earth, a giant quaking aspen named Pando.