ABOUT INVOKING THE PAUSE
The Power of "The Pause" and Collaboration among Grant Partners ("GPs")
Invoking The Pause ("ITP"),
an environmental small grants program founded by Maggie Kaplan in 2007, initially began as a two-phase program to foster creativity and
'out-of-the-box' thinking by two or more collaborators for innovative
and potentially scalable ideas to:
- Help individuals and communities understand the true impacts of climate change and global warming in our lives
- Launch new initiatives or breakthrough ideas that ultimately result
in individuals and communities making better choices to reduce our
- Create mitigation and adaptation solutions
ITP seeds many fertile ideas in
interdisciplinary ways to advance public awareness about climate change - to steward the ecological health of our planet and to preserve its
magnificence and mysteries. ITP provides for a
collaborative pause - a 'gift of time' to create the possibilities for a shift from 'chronos into kairos', to slow down, savor natural
beauty, and open inspirational, creative portals to address these
Fundamental to ITP's mission is the belief
that each Grant Partner (GP) truly is a partner, not merely a grantee.
Each GP becomes part of our growing community of committed, passionate
individuals who have crafted their own unique programs to address
climate issues. ITP fosters connectivity and collaboration among the expanding ITP community of GPs both during and after their funding.
To date, ITP has funded 25 projects -
including some 'cross-pollination' among various GPs.
2007-2010: Original ITP Program
Phase One Grant - "Invoking the Pause":
This grant provided for a 'creative
pause' for two or more people to take time away in a place of beauty to
engage in collaborative conversations and develop ideas about how to
craft a meaningful social response to the urgent challenges of climate
Each GP project was awarded up to $10,000
based on submitted project budget. Up to three grants were awarded per
year, with some exceptions.
Phase Two Grant - "Seeding Possibilities":
This grant was open only to Phase One grant recipients.
2011: Expansion into Phase Three Grant - "Blossoming Possibilities":
In 2011, ITP expanded into a Third Phase.
It was limited to ten GPs from the first three years of the program who
took their innovative collaborations to deeper levels of engagement.
'Cross-pollination' among various groups of GPs was encouraged and
exciting results have ensued.
2012: "Reinvigorating Our Roots" (Original ITP Program)
In 2012, ITP opened again to new GPs and followed the same two-phase grant format of years 2007-2010.
2013: "Reinvigorating Our Roots" & "Blossoming Possibilities":
In 2013, ITP
is inviting new GPs and encouraging 2012 GPs to take their
dynamic collaborations to deeper levels of engagement. As in 2011, ITP fosters 'cross pollination' among the various GPs on existing and potentially new projects. To learn
more about applying for a grant, please visit the Application Process pages of this website.
ITP "Guiding Lights":
Founder and Executive Director: Maggie Kaplan
Diana Cohn - Executive Director, Panta Rhea Foundation
Anisha Desai - Program Director, New Leaders Initiative at Earth Island Institute
Anne Fitzgerald - Retired Environmental Consultant
Lisa Micheli - Executive Director, Pepperwood Foundation
Nina Simons - Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Bioneers