“You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model…”
– Buckminster Fuller


We have a process for brainstorming, planning, and prototyping a thriving future. Think of it as a Pando Accelerator.

We start with a vision of community resilience that integrates society and environment as an interconnected whole. Pull together the most diverse, creative, and committed teams we can find. Then generate breakthrough ideas with an ingenious workshop experience we call a Blitz.

Post-Blitz, we support networking, coaching and strategic planning in order to help the best ideas see the light of day. We involve creators, designers, TV producers/writers, entrepreneurs, and others – people who know how to bring visions to life and get the most out of both sides of their brains.

We’re launching dozens of positive impact initiatives at the intersection of public agencies and education, for sustainability.

Pando Accelerator process

Big Ideas
We start with visionary ideas. If challenges “can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough” (Wes Jackson).

People
We catalyze unexpected collaborations — between people and between organizations. We take maximum advantage of LA’s creative, intellectual, and community resources.

Blitz
We get stakeholders together for a whirlwind of brainstorming. We call it a Blitz because we expect to rapidly generate ingenious project ideas.

Launch
We help launch the best ideas that emerge from the process. Coordinate coaching and advice. Sometimes seed funding. Bring (and expect) a lot of stick-to-it-iveness.

Impact
We’re not just dreaming about a better world. We’re looking for impact – measured against the goals of County sustainability.


Our process in action

PANDO DAYS
Pando Days launched with a single aim: implement LA County sustainability goals. In response, we pulled together the County’s leading creative and intellectual talent, launched both public and targeted brainstorming, and catalyzed 10 college and university teams to develop their ideas. We supported project development with specialist coaching and seed funding. Our events made sure that the right projects got in front of the right people. In the end, Pando Days projects from SCI-Arc, UCLA, Woodbury, and LA Trade Tech received early-stage support from outside funders, including Google and the Mellon Foundation.