Marcus Eriksen, PhD

TEL: 310-998-8616

Anna Cummins

 LEAP LAB is a network of ecology centers bringing people together to build thriving communities.  We are:

  • a co-working space

  • a demonstration lab for sustainable design 

  • source of sound science for schools & the public

LEAP LAB is a lab for sustainable design:

 LEAP LAB was founded in 2019 with the mission to return science, the physical, natural and social sciences, back to the pedestal of objectivity that informs our public dialogue. 


But today many of our differences are based on fiction rather than fact. There must be zero tolerance for intentional falsehoods and deception, as our democratic system relies on common information to guide how we vote, consume and act toward each other.The manipulation of facts for political and commercial gain undermines civil society.  Science ensures that our discourse and decision-making are rooted in our values, rather than wallowing in ignorance over knowledge.    

Therefore, we must create institutions, learning centers, meeting places at the local level across our country, whereby citizens can build a foundation and respect for science, so that our society, economy and democracy may thrive.

LEAP LAB is about building community:

 When like-minded people share the workplace, a culture of collaboration forms, projects and programs become more powerful, robust, and impactful.

LEAP LAB creates a space for collaborative power, and realizes that individual organizations reach their own objectives more effectively when groups share ideas, brainstorm from unique perspectives, and sometimes work together toward common goals.  At the same time, a co-working space, with conference rooms, kitchen, shared utilities and equipment allow organizations to worry less about overhead costs and focus more on their mission.

LEAP LAB decentralizes informal learning:

 LEAP LAB is a replicable model of informal science learning that uses a co-working environment to create an atmosphere of collaboration, communication and combined action between organizations working on environmental and social justice. 

Typical museums, zoos, aquariums and science centers are centralized institutions with limited geographic reach.  How often do citizens of small towns get to the big city to visit these places?  Maybe a field trip once in grade school?  LEAP LAB aims to place centers in small towns beyond the reach of these larger institutions.

LEAP LAB is about the science of sustainability:

Large informal learning centers, like zoos, museums, science centers and aquariums, typically communicate mainstream public education, and are often resistant to engage on challenging topics that impact political or economic choices. To become resilient cities, we must make difficult choices in the years ahead, with scientific fact as our foundation. 

LEAP LAB will focus on 5 themes: ecology, waste, cultivate, energy, and community, which broadly adopt all ideas presented in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  These goals are the clearest path to resilience.


The image is of the sunflower Helianthemum s​coparium.  It is a primary successor that grows in the chaparral wilderness after a wildfire burns everything away.  It’s seeds are heat-resistant and come back quickly to occupy seemingly barren land.  It returns life to where there is destruction.