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


Pando has a unique way of bringing people and institutions together to help build a more just and sustainable world. We identify challenges and assemble incredible teams to meet them. Then develop a unique set of programs from the mix — often creating wholly new categories of opportunity in the process. It’s how we go about building community resilience.

We look at things differently. Which allows us to increase the capacity of our partners, break down barriers between specialty silos, and thicken the connective tissue between environmental and social justice groups.

We focus our efforts at the intersections between organizations, where we can open up wholly new categories of social and environmental effectiveness.

Pando Populus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in the fall of 2014. Our inaugural conference was held on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA in June of 2015 for some 1,600 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.