INVOKING THE PAUSE ("ITP") is an environmental small grants program designed to advance public awareness and engagement about climate change issues.  The hallmark of ITP is a creative 'pause' - a gift of time - to seed reflection in interdisciplinary and collaborative ways to spur innovation and impact.


'Entering the Mystery'  by Maggie Kaplan

We help enterprising people cultivate imaginative ideas to help sustain the health and vitality of our planet and steward the preservation of its ecological integrity. 

Welcome to our community!

We include, but are not limited to, scientists, artists, community activists, cultural creatives, educators, writers, journalists, photographers, filmmakers, social entrepreneurs, and locavores. 

- Maggie Kaplan, Founder

Recent Blog Posts

1025315_445258598903085_1017561577_o_1.jpg "Farm folks, food folks, and friends near and far,

We couldn't be happier to announce the online release of THE ORGANIC LIFE, a one-of-a-kind farming documentary three years in the making. Set in Sonoma, California, the film highlights the sweat, blisters, sun, and rain as well as a passion for life, food, and the earth that goes hand-in-hand with farming and will have you thinking about your food and local farmers in a new way ( well as craving carrots)."

Download it here today:
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itplogol_2.png is thrilled to announce our Grant Partners for the 2014 grant cycle. We received a record number of applications this year, and definitely had our work cut out for us deciding how to allocate funds among a highly qualified pool of applicants. After a lively discussion and some tough decisions, our Advisory Committee selected five partners to receive Invoking the Pause grants:

•    A New Story to Heal the Earth: Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment
•    Breaking Up with Fossil Fuels: As You Sow
•    Raising Our Voices: Convening for Key Environmental Messengers: Environmental Entrepreneurs
•    An Investigation of Fracking in Calfornia: Mark Hertsgaard and Holly Kernan 
•    Game for the Caribbean Climate: University of Miami   » Read More

Gary Nabhan"This is a poignant letter from one of our dedicated ITP Grant Partners, whose is now "invoking a pause" of a different sort in his life.  I hope you join me in wishing Gary Paul Nabhan and all his relations (human and otherwise) all the best in this new chapter of his life."  ~Maggie Kaplan

"Dear friends, current and former publishers, editors, agents and publicists,

          It is with gratitude to all of you all that I wish to announce I will no longer be writing any "secular" non-fiction books, essays, journalistic articles, blogs, or scientific articles after April fourteenth, in an effort to focus on my Franciscan practice, my family needs and my own health. » Read More


Pre-order copies available of ITP Grant Partner Casey Beck's documentary film, The Organic Life, on iTunes on April 8th!
Visit iTunes here.

Winterspast.png Isaac Kestenbaum and Josie Holtzman, the team behind Winters Past, bring the sounds of a changing winter season to life with their series of podcasts.  Their distinctive "soundwalks" were recently experienced on Grist, an environmental blog site with a goal to get people talking, thinking and taking action. Read the article here.