When I created Invoking The Pause in 2007, the heart of the program was two-fold: to provide a "Pause" - an intentional break from our daily routines in a place of natural beauty, and to encourage collaboration among two or more people - to reflect upon and think more deeply about some aspect of the climate challenges we are confronting. 

I was hopeful that this "gift of time"  would spur innovative ideas across a variety of disciplines - ranging from the arts to sciences, and education to technology, among others.  In recent years, we have expanded our "pause" each fall to include a collective group gathering of grant partners and allies from business, education, and non-profit worlds.

ITP is a small grants organization, and we believe innovation oftentimes occurs in the margins.  I accept risk and a level of uncertainty to incubate new ideas and approaches.  Over the past 10+ years, we have seen a range of projects, some of which have grown to be funded by larger organizations.  Now, the time for accelerating new strategies, engaging in collective actions, and building cross-sector networks addressing climate challenge issues is more important than ever before.  Our "strategic pauses" are one small step in advancing new strategies.

Beyond hope and fear, there is a clarity of knowing that this is our work to do, no matter what.  And it is my role with ITP to help thisCIMG0766_2.JPG consciousness take root, so that each of us remembers and recognizes our power to make a difference.

I welcome your participation with us on this journey...

  "Take A Piece of My Heart" by Maggie Kaplan