Invoking the Pause: Phase One

CityLab7 was awarded a grant through the two-part program called Invoking the Pause, which seeks to generate innovative ideas that help individuals and communities internalize and understand the true impacts of climate change. On July 10 - 13th, 2009, CityLab7 traveled to Portland, Oregon, capturing the time necessary to explore these questions during our urban immersion.

We discovered that, to be effective in understanding, influencing, describing, and motivating people related to the carbon impact of their choices, we need to be able to do something about carbon without actually using the word "carbon". 
The Pause inspired several potential future explorations which include:
  • Local Lettuce Utility
  • Push Mowers for Clunkers
  • Envisioning Visualization Tools and Demand Shift
  • Visual Installation / Media Communication
  • Measuring Urban Grain
  • Communication and Outreach Tools: Salon of Change, Collaboration Kitchen, Storefront as Stage, Trading Post, Mushroom Dinners, Temporary Transformations, Authored Articles and Essays

CityLab7 would like to thank Sydney Mead and Christine Caurant at EcoTrust, Erin Boberg Doughton at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), and the Allied Arts Foundation for in-kind donations to support the Pause.  We especially thank our anonymous funder for support of CityLab7 through the Invoking the Pause grant, although the views expressed here are our own.  Our final report can be found here.