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Iswitzer_logo.pngn 2007 a chance conversation between Maggie Kaplan, Executive Director of Invoking the Pause (ITP) and Lisa Micheli Ph. D., Executive Director of Pepperwood Preserve, was the genesis of  Invoking the Pause  and its pilot program, "At the Water's Edge," was a benchmark moment in Micheli's career. » Read More

retreat_center_sign1_1_1.jpgIn September, a group of us got together for a 'pause' to brainstorm about experimental research on climate change communications, see here.   Below, I have included some of the pictures from this retreat to share a bit more. What is on my mind though is Hurricane Sandy.  It's been mind blowing to see the images of the storm and hear about the tragic deaths and damages.  But the silver lining, if we can look for one, may be the shift the storm has produced in the conversation on climate change.  Amazingly, the topic did not enter the presidential debate.  But it has inserted itself now in the form of a giant, late season hurricane. » Read More

The_New_York_Times_logo.pngNew York Times Dot Earth columnist Andrew C. Revkin reports on returning ITP Grant Partner, Nicole Heller and the climate retreat pause she coordinated in North Carolina along with Dr. Bill Chameides, Dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. 
Read the article here.
Dr. Bill Chameides is Dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a contributing writer to the Huff Post Green, a section of the Huffington Post. Recently, Huff Post Green featured Dr. Chameides' article on ITP Grant Partner and Climate Scientist Nicole Heller's retreat in North Carolina.
Returning ITP Grant Partner and Climate Scientist Nicole Heller of Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, along with several neuroscientists, climate scientists and artists, recently gathered for a two day retreat in North Carolina. Their coming together may change the way we receive the climate change message.  Read about their "pause" here.
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From her earliest memories, Nicole Heller has been attuned to the relationships we share with our environment and other living things. Professionally, she became an ecologist, and in the last five years  has focused on climate change and how best to communicate its complexities to a global audience.  Her interest and advocacy began at a young age with a spider. As a girl she recalls creating a stir in the neighborhood, protecting spiders from mistreatment by one of the local children. » Read More

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Stephen Antupit and I got a chance to talk with Nicole Heller, Ph.D., SPM3 Invoking the Pause Grant Partner, about her experience during and after the 2010 ITP Convening and her still-unfolding Google Fellowship invitation. These are just some of the excerpts of the discussion, which was inspiring and invigorating!

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One of the many “Collateral Delights“ from the 2010 Invoking the Pause Convening was the ensuing mini-collaboration between ecologist and ITP Grant Partner Nicole Heller Ph.D. , and improvisational artist Nina Wise who performed at the Convening almost one year ago.

Following the Convening, Nicole invited Nina to attend a workshop that she organized at Stanford University to explore the link between the arts and sciences to visualize climate change. Here are some of Nina’s comments about that experience:

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