Pando Hubs are geographically-based sites of change that connect people, and people and their world, for a different kind of future — starting and neighborhood and municipal levels.
Inspired by Pope Francis’s vision for integral ecology (Laudato Si’, 2015) and philosopher John Cobb’s discussion of ecological civilization, Pando Hubs are street addresses that model social and environmental balance. They provide an environment for inventing and accelerating cutting-edge developments, and function as locations of learning.
Pando Hubs are distinguished for sharing a common ontology that details what a vision of integral ecology means (see draft ontology here).
They are highly entrepreneurial — at the center of each Hub is a Pando Accelerator, where change makers come to kick-start hyper-local environmental and social impact initiatives for the common good.
Hubs pull diverse partners together and collaborate in seeking best practices.
Where the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives us roughly a decade to change civilization’s course or face a catastrophic future, Pando Hubs function as incarnations of what such a shift might mean on location at street level. Where we blow past that decade without the changes needed, Pando Hubs will serve as vital locations of neighborhood resiliency and regeneration.
Pando at Maryknoll, prototype
The first Pando Hub is being prototyped in collaboration with the Maryknoll Sisters in Monrovia, CA at the 7 1/2 acre site of their convent and retirement and health center.
The location is being reimagined to meet the aims of 21st century mission, targeting social and environmental needs for the municipalities of Los Angeles County, and working in close collaboration with NGO, faith, business, education, and government institutions.