submission by EugeneS

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Pando Populus, Inc.; World Studio Foundation, Inc.

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Pando Populus is a non-profit organization. World Studio Foundation has 501(c)(3) status and is fiscal sponsor.

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Pando Populus is a platform to provide the connectivity to bring together like-minded people and orgs who are working toward an ecological civilization, with the intention of creating a whole that is stronger and more effective than the sum of parts.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The intention of this proposal is to transform Los Angeles by identifying and networking its existing hubs of ecological civilization – places where healthy living and education extends to social relations and the biosphere. This pilot grant will allow us to take a series of small, bold moves in nurturing relationships among the hubs, and to develop plans for our next step, to create and support new centers of ecological living, work and innovation. We call these places Pando Hubs.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


This is a 9-mo. pilot project that lays the foundation for building ecological civilization in LA -- one urban hub at a time.

We will identify a network of locations and orgs throughout LA where a new way of living is taking root; learn what makes these places of ecological innovation work; discover how best we can nurture their development, and apply what we learn to developing a plan for scaling growth.

We call these places Pando Hubs. “Pando” is the name of the oldest and largest life form on the planet -- a massive aspen grove connected by a single root, with every part nourishing the rest.

There are lots of possible Pando Hub models. Perhaps an urban eco-village or intentional community. Environmental magnet school. Urban farm. Neighborhood vegan restaurant/supply chain. Eco-homeless shelter. Green incubator. Or a combination.

Hubs are places that reflect an ecological worldview. Sites of innovation, resilience and community for a diverse range of people. Where life is being rethought from the ground up, with the planet’s health and the health of each other in mind. They bring bold ideas about the shape of the future down to Earth.

LA already has places like this. But they often exist in isolation from each other. If they focus on different areas, they don’t necessarily recognize the connective tissue that runs between them. We do.

Launching Pando Hubs, we will:

1) Identify and connect a network of already-existing locations of ecological civilization in LA -- businesses, services, NGOs.

2) Understand and document the important features that make them work. Draft 3 case studies.

3) Conceive small-bet opportunities tailored to help Hubs thrive – in terms of community, learning, and new development.

Small bets let us think wrong, be bold, invent, see what works. John Bielenberg leads our Blitz process to generate small-bet ideas, from testing pop-up Hub prototypes and events to transforming would-be Hubs into something greener/healthier to tech and social media ideas for connecting.

4) Launch 5-7 small-bet Pando Hub initiatives based on a matrix of do-ability vs. impact. Network over social media.

5) Critically assess. Draw up next-step plans that build on success and create opportunities for further Hub development and growth.

We aim to have Pando Hubs in every City Council district citywide.

We launch under City Councilmember Paul Koretz's campaign, “Decade: Climate Safe (2016-25).”

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Qualitatively, success means we will develop critical intelligence to foster a Hub network across LA where healthy food can be accessed, air pollution and carbon footprint levels are reduced, opportunities for green jobs arise and self-sufficiency increases, obesity, mental illness and addiction are addressed in more holistic ways, homeless people come to know less alienation, and living in closer relationship to LA-area plants and animals is valued.

Quantitatively, we will:

o ID and describe some 10-12 locations of ecological civilization in LA.
o Write 3 case studies seeking to understand successful Hub models.
o Assess small-bets success in nurturing Hub development and growth.
o Develop detailed next-step plans based on above research and assessments.
o Create a workable next-steps plan.
o Demonstrate concept buy-in over social media, including online conversations.
o Identify at least 10 opportunities for next-step funding from among a diverse range of funders.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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It's important to know how dedicated to this plan our members are.

by ajlesher
5 months ago

a wonderful idea whose time has come to be rolled out in large quantities in our cities let's lead the way in America

by obeidp
6 months ago

Dr. Cobb is a formidable philosopher and activist and any organization that supports his vision, particularly a creative one such as Pando Populous, deserves strong support.

by dtodd
6 months ago

Dr. John Cobb has pioneered the need for developing a sustainable relationship with our environment for decades. He is one of the most revered figures in the field and together with Eugene Shirley they form a formidable team that urgently requires funding to move this essential program forward.

by pauledwardnugent
6 months ago


by amazanec
6 months ago

Make LA a leader in sustainable communities!

by kyolong
6 months ago

A suggested acronym for HUB: Holistic, Ubiquitous, Better !

by GregoryWright
6 months ago

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