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Thinking Wrong about Sustainability
Inaugural CSO Strategic Taskforce meeting at Caltech’s Athenaeum.  Seated from right, Mark Spears, CSO (ret.), Walt Disney Company; John Bielenberg, Creative Director, Pando Populus; Robyn Eason, Senior Planner, City of West Hollywood.  

The Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) Strategic Taskforce recently launched with a Think Wrong kickoff event at Caltech’s legendary Athenaeum that challenged CSOs countywide to come up with ingenious, cross-silo solutions to some of our biggest problems.
The inaugural affair brought together sustainability leadership from across government, business, and academic institutions for the purpose of creating a more ecologically balanced southland.  

John Onderdonk, CSO of Caltech, is founding chair of the Taskforce; Andy Shrader is a founding principal.  John Bielenberg facilitated the inaugural evening, which framed discussions within a central challenge: How might we think wrong about LA sustainability?  
Next up: LA County CSO Gary Gero shines a spotlight on countywide resiliency at the CSO Taskforce meeting in mid-November.  

Writer Rich Binell, left, and ROADTRIP producer Amy Goldberg on the bus to Fish Lake, Utah.

We aimed for “amazing” in the first ROADTRIP TO PANDO, and may well have met expectations among the 45-some people who joined together for the adventure in September.  (If you missed the trip, don’t worry:  we’ll be hitting the road again next year.)   

Part citizen-scientist event, part pilgrimage, part mission to save the largest living thing on Earth, ROADTRIP TO PANDO pulled in folks from Maine, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa, all over California and, of course, Utah. 
ROADTRIP participants included writers and designers, philosophers and faith leaders, social justice and sustainability activists, scientists, state and federal wildlife and forestry officials, ranchers, indigenous people (Paiute), and local stakeholders -- from county commissioners to business and property owners.  Collaborators included the Western Aspen Alliance and Amigos de los Rios; Amy Goldberg produced. 
A mash-up of innovation, education and field work, our roll-up-the-sleeves brainstorming focused on three areas:  understanding and protecting the Pando forest itself; Pando Populus’s work in LA County, and broad communications.    

Order the Michael Braley-designed commemorative poster, enshrining the names and institutions of all inaugural participants, via email here

Check out our new ROADTRIP TO PANDO Facebook page to read more.
Inaugural launch of WATER AND POWER BLITZ, Oct. 21 in Westwood, CA. 

The first of three WATER AND POWER BLITZ events brought together nearly 30 people from a dozen interfaith communities in Los Angeles Council District 5 to focus on building a more ecological LA.  

The series kicked off October 21 in Westwood, CA with some 30 participants and nearly a dozen faith communities working together to come up with ingenious plans for changing the game on water and power efficiency.  

WATER AND POWER BLITZ is a prototype of interfaith collaboration, with strategic focus on a single council district.  If the model works, we aim to spread it broadly.    

Pando creative director John Bielenberg facilitated the day in collaboration with a team from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.  Betsy Hunter is producer.  

WATER AND POWER BLITZ is produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation, in association with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, and made possible by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  
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Pando Populus is sponsoring a two-day workshop to deliver broad and diverse input on plans for mobilizing an eco-LA. 

We’re Mobilizing Los Angeles!  

Pando Populus is proud to sponsor a two-day event Nov. 3 and 4 that brings together a broad coalition of local environmental, social justice and human rights advocates and activists with Naomi Klein and her organization to launch an all-hands-on-deck mobilization initiative for a more sustainable LA.

Participants will deliver broad and diverse input for an epic document focused on what a World War II-scale mobilization for citywide resiliency would look like. Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz has described mobilization ambitions this way:  

"I’m asking the creative minds of Los Angeles to join with the grassroots activists in creating the City of the future, not some fictional Tomorrowland, but here, on the ground, in the City of Angels we all love." 

In 2015, a  similar coalition in Canada authored the original LEAP Manifesto document, which called for “a Canada based on caring for the Earth and one another.”  

Watch for details.  

The last of our CAMPANDO Maryknoll weekend retreats for LA social justice and environmental changemakers just concluded for the year.   

A first-of-its-kind program in Los Angeles County, CAMPANDO is for leaders who need to unplug in order to recharge in the midst of quiet and serenity, and in the company of their peers.  

Quarterly 2017 retreats took place on the seven-acre compound of the Maryknoll Sisters in Monrovia, and have brought together more than 20 diverse environmental and social justice organizations from across the southland.  

CAMPANDO Maryknoll will relaunch in the spring of 2018. 
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Reflections on a Life-changing Event
Paul Rogers, chief scientist for Pando the tree, reflects on the recent ROADTRIP TO PANDO.  He writes:  “The Pando clone embodies linkages along many vectors: roots to stems, soil to plants, birds to boles, life to death to rebirth. Our social community and the ideas spurred from within that gathering linked previously disparate entities, too.”
Making Los Angeles the Resilient City by 2028
John Cobb writes in his new blog post:  “Pando Populus recently accepted and strengthened the idea of using the upcoming Los Angeles Olympics as an occasion to set high but not impossible goals for LA. With sincere backing from institutions and individuals I believe these goals could move LA a long way in the direction of becoming a model for an ecological civilization.”
Planting a Public Bank in the Garden State
This is the third post in a series on public banking by S.L. Mintz.  He writes:  “Public banking is common sense says the former global co-head of investment management for Goldman Sachs, who put himself through Harvard and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.”  (Are politicians, podcasters, and others reading this series?  Anecdotal experience suggests they may well be.)  
Junk Raft
John Cobb offers a reflective response to a new book out by the founder of 5 Gyres, Marcus Eriksen.  He writes, “Marcus Eriksen and his friends understand the damage that can be done by plastics far better than the rest of us. But they also know that simply informing us will do little to change our behavior. If we are to be redirected away from our suicidal behavior, we must be grasped by images.”  
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