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Our Story

As activist in our communities, we observed a reoccurring issue within the framework of solving social injustices. Individuals would often gather to discuss novel and bold ideas to address a critical community issue. Though crafted with intention, these conversations often would lack the representation of the very communities they aimed to serve and a deeper understanding of root causes of the issue.

 

The challenges of our time are complex, often influenced my multiple contributing factors, and weighed down by a history of oppression and ineffective solutions often far removed from the communities they aim to serve.

 

To build true equity, efforts must center around the unique experiences of those experiencing disparities. This requires building empathy with a community member by understanding their concerns, their environment, their day-to-day experiences, and the day-to-day factors that contribute to the disparities experienced.

To bridge this gap, CoAct was formed as a Social Design Studio to create participatory processes that garner new perspectives, create a clear and definitive understanding of the issue and introduce unconventional thinking to explore create new tools and solutions

 

Through our work, we help our partners reframe the problems they aim to solve, build empathy with the communities they aim to serve, and design solutions aligned to the needs of the communities most effected by disparities. 

Our Mission

CoAct mobilizes action and amplifies communities with lasting solutions that address today's most pressing social challenges.

Our Vision 

Together, we can establish a stable foundation that fosters thriving, resilient communities.

Our Objective

Through our work, we aim to align our efforts to create maximum impact towards the communities most effected by disparities. Our work is considered successful when we create a clear definition of the challenge, discover ideas to address key unmet needs, and design a solution that can provide lasting impact without CoAct's continued intervention. 

 

Our Values

Align with Community: We align ourselves to the unique challenges our communities face. By better understanding the challenges we aim to solve, we can design better solutions. 

 

Design with Intention: We set out to test new ideas and build solutions aligned to the communities we aim to serve. Each solution is a journey that may require shifts as insights emerge.  

   

Create Shared Impact: We share insights and build off the collective and diverse expertise of our teams. We recognize impact is not a solo journey and build solutions with the intent of community ownership. 

 

Theory of Change

CoAct defines Social Design as an inclusive approach to problem solving that stives to intentionally center and amplify the communities impacted by disparities in the design process. To achieve this, CoAct uses a project based approach to build self-sustaining solutions. We utilize human centered design, systems thinking, and participatory research as creative problem-solving processes to turn bold insights and ideas into long term impact. These methodologies provide us the means to identify key gaps and develop the appropriate solutions needed to respond to the unique challenges communities face.

Impact Through Social Design

CoAct facilitates change in 3 phases to achieve sustained impact. The process may not always be linear. As things change, we build on lessons learned and make the shifts needed to achieve the project objectives. We revisit items as new insights emerge and the narrative evolves.  

Exploration: The exploration phase is about understanding the challenge, the people it impacts, the way it impacts people, and the contributing factors. During this phase, we help our partners create a clear definition of the challenge they aim to solve. 

 

Discovery: The discovery phase about turning insights into ideas. It is an opportunity to reflect on the research, generate ideas, and hone our approach. During this phase we help our partners explore ideas and tether alignments to the challenges we aim to solve. 

 

Deployment: The deployment phase about turning ideas into action. During this phase we help our partners develop, execute, and scale effective solutions. 

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Tell us how we can help you create impact

We would be honored to partner with your team to help design sustained community impact. Reach out to us and let us know how we can help. 

 
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