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Joining E2 is the most effective way to stay informed about cutting-edge environmental issues, leverage your professional network, and use your skills to influence important environmental policy issues.

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photo Maggie Kaplan
Founder and Executive Director
Invoking the Pause
Maggie Kaplan is the Founder and Executive Director of Invoking the Pause, an innovative small-grants program that strategically funds interdisciplinary collaborations to advance public awareness and engagement about climate change.  

Current ITP grant partners include Nicole Heller of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, who is undertaking a study of climate-related communication through the lens of  climate and cognitive science and the arts, and Mark Shapiro of the Center For Investigative Reporting, who is working on a documentary series examining the economic impacts of a changing climate on California's agricultural economy.

Previously, Maggie worked as a corporate attorney, specializing in real estate, estate planning and non-profit organizations.  Later, she was the general counsel of a California real estate development company, working on large scale commercial development projects in the Bay Area, before finally transitioning into commercial development.  In 2007, she founded Invoking the Pause.

Through a generous partnership with Maggie, E2 is pleased to announce the establishment of the E2 Strategic Membership Fund, which will enable E2, over the next two years, to bring on 25 new members who add important voices and perspectives to E2 and who might not otherwise be in a position to join. The fund will be available for memberships that fulfill strategic objectives in the following categories: Professional, Geographic, Chapter Specific, and Young Entrepreneurs.  As an experienced convener of collaborative efforts, Maggie quickly understood the value of bringing in non-traditional members:

“In my previous career, learning the art of collaboration across disciplines and finding "common ground" to create winning strategies for all interests - from local government officials, architects, construction workers, banks, outside legal counsel, marketing and real estate brokerage companies, to players within the company- was key.

Consequently, I strongly believe in drawing people from many disciplines together to incubate new, "out-of-the-box" creative initiatives and strategies to address many of the climate challenges we face today.  At Invoking the Pause, we are a sort of "early-stage idea-incubator --  investing in thought leaders with innovative ideas and providing them the “gift of time” - to take a respite from their busy professional lives, forming collaborations that otherwise wouldn't exist, and working to capture what I’ve coined as  “RORs“ (Return on Relationship”).

If social entrepreneurship is to succeed, it will be at the brilliant nexus of creativity, intelligence, and  “Collateral Delights” - delightful,  unexpected consequences.

More about Invoking the Pause can be found at www.invokingthepause.org.  If you are interested in applying for a grant, the application deadline for 2013 grant cycle is January 31, 2013.

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