“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model…”
– Buckminster Fuller
We have a process for taking on the issues that matter to us and to LA’s future.
Prepare to be amazed at the breadth and the quality of the undertakings.
We don’t do small.
If your idea “can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough” (Wes Jackson).
We unite the people who care most about the future of Los Angeles.
We get them together to talk and inspire each other.
We focus them on the right things.
We challenge them to invent and develop real-life projects that matter—and connect them to the LA County Sustainability Plan.
We motivate them. With passion. And support.
We offer seed funding to both start-up and accelerate projects.
We’re not just dreaming about a better world.
We’re looking for results – measured against the County’s 12 sustainability goals.
Pando process in action
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 in the first year. We supported project development with specialist coaching and seed funding. Our events provided multiple avenues for community-building and stakeholder involvement. In the end, 4 first-year Pando Days projects received early-stage support from outside funders, including Google and the Mellon Foundation. Today, a total of 26 Pando Days projects have been developed or are currently in development across the Southland.