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live / 2015



Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Pando Populus, Inc.; World Studio Foundation, Inc.

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.

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • 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 tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

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?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support