The Underpinning Stories: Climate & Innovation

Novel and creative ideas are needed to tackle the greatest challenge that has faced humanity – climate change. Yet there is significant disagreement about what constitutes innovation, and where that innovation is coming from. In this online conversation, we will unpack how funders understand innovation and what that means for those who receive funding. The session will include a dialogue between invited speakers, followed by smaller group conversations among participants.

Please join the CLIMA Fund (formerly Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund) for an online dialogue exploring the assumptions and narrative frames funders use to understand innovation in climate action.

Register here.


  • Nnimmo Bassey, Global Greengrants
  • Charles McElwee, VP of Programs, ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Erin Rogers, Program Officer in Environment, Hewlett Foundation
  • Ryan Strode, Advisor, Arabella Advisors
  • Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director, Whitman Institute


  • Justice Funders
  • Environmental Grantmakers Association
  • The Human Rights Funders Network
  • Confluence Philanthropy, the Ariadne Network
  • Center for Story-Based Strategy
  • The Whitman Institute

About this Dialogue Series:

As is the case with many systemic, pressing challenges, no one has all the answers. The CLIMA Fund will be creating a space for transparent, deeper discussion about the underlying narrative frames and assumptions around who climate protagonists are and what constitutes a ‘climate solution.’ Participants will walk away with new understanding of the hypotheses that fellow funders hold about addressing the climate crisis and new ideas about how we are supporting climate solution practitioners as a community. Our second dialogue will be focused on ‘scale’ and will take place in early December.

Date: October 24, 2018
Address: Webinar
Time: 12:00-1:30 PDT