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Among the principles of our work in the development of our "Seeding Possibilities" educational iPhone app is a desire to enhance interest and understanding of scientific research to increase youth interest in and enthusiasm for the study of science.

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Joshua_FoutsWhen Maggie Kaplan (the Founder and Executive Director of Invoking the Pause) and I discussed the possibility that I create an app about Climate Change for my ITP "Seeding Possibilities" second grant, I saw an opportunity for synergy -- synergy between the community I lived with during my Pause and the opportunity to express and explore the impact of Climate Change in a novel way using an iPhone or iPad as a platform.  We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to develop this project. 

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We are pSHF_Logo_HORIZ_FINAL.jpgleased to present you the findings of Science House Foundation's White Paper about Brazil - Transforming Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Science Education - courtesy of 2012 ITP Grant Partner and Science House Foundation Executive Director Joshua Fouts.

His 2012 grant: Science, Imagination and the Art of Adaption: Understanding Climate Change Awareness Through the Prism of Brazil is featured Also mentioned is his new ITP "Seeding Possibilities" grant to develop an iPhone/iPad app game about climate change and indigenous culture in the Amazon.

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Invoking The Pause (ITP) had the chance to speak with Joshua Fouts of  Science House Foundation regarding his recent ‘pause’ in Brazil: “Science, Imagination and the Art of Adaption: Understanding Climate Change Awareness Through the Prism of Brazil”.  Joshua and his team, consisting of biochemist Dr. Ana Carolina Zeri and documentarian Andre Blas, traveled to the westernmost area of the Brazilian Amazon » Read More

From Kronos to Kairos:  Invoking The Pause - Acre, Brazilthe_team.jpg

"Lots of things have changed since I was a child," Erishi a 15-year-old pregnant daughter of one of the Ashaninka leaders told us in Portuguese when we asked her if she had noticed any changes in the climate in her area.  "When I was a child I never used to get sunburned.  Now I do.   I used to be able to dive into the river, now it's too shallow..."  Erishi, who has a quiet, thoughtful, demeanor, with wise eyes, rosy cheeks and a kind smile calmly described the changes to the climate she has seen in her corner of the Amazon jungle where her community subsists entirely off resources they grow, hunt and fish in the jungle.  I was amazed that she could recall such dramatic changes at her young age.  » Read More


“The overarching theme of this quest is sponsored in large part under the umbrella of Maggie Kaplan’s Invoking the Pause project, which provided the core funding for our journey. Invoking the Pause is part of Maggie’s philanthropic efforts to expand the awareness of the impact of climate change on our planet. Invoking the Pause supports a team to go to place of beauty to contemplate the challenge.

After one week in the Amazon among the Ashaninka people, today’s post will reflect on what I’ve learned so far from my Pause…”     Read more

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