Invoking The Pause

Maggie Kaplan

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.

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.

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

Why we are here…

New approaches are urgently needed to address the realities of climate change.  To envision and build a better future will require not only innovation but also resilience in the face of escalating climatic conditions.  Nurturing this paradigm shift calls for efforts from large institutional leaders as well as small, nimble, risk-taking organizations – and individuals – that can spark new ideas and activate grass-root initiatives like ITP.

How we work…

We know innovation often occurs in the margins – ideas percolate and permeate boundaries without regard to title, job description or industry – and that sometimes they need outside assistance – and time – to take root.

What we believe…

We believe that the more time focused on addressing the realities of climate change, the better.  ITP invests in efforts that build capacity, knowledge, and networks for emerging leaders, practitioners, and activists working to sustain our planet.

How we learn…

Our work seeks to drive the ‘how’ of the process more than the ‘what’ that gets generated.  We care about and want to see results, but appreciate the complexity inherent in the process of changing mindsets and nurturing collaborations.

To date, ITP has funded 50 projects.






Pamela Campbell

Pam Campbell joined ISI in the summer of 2013, and became ISI Project Director in January 2014. Pam’s previous career was in healthcare administration. Her life-long interest in sustainability and environmental issues led her to ISI. Pam shares her UC Berkeley Alma Mater with Dr. Cole, and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, University of San Francisco.