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Who We Are
CoAct is a response manifested by four community members from Fort Worth to address the disparities in equitable solutions. Recognizing the disconnection between problem solvers and the communities they pledged to serve, our co-founders explored different problem-solving methodologies used globally to address pressing social challenges. Embracing a project-based approach and equitable design methodologies we have set out to better understand the unique challenges our communities face and to take the actions needed to build lasting change.
CoAct is a non-profit design studio. We create strategic responses towards society's most pressing challenges, by developing community centered projects, empowering individuals with effective problem solving practices, and creating resources that contribute to lasting change.
We imagine a creative and inclusive future built on the foundation of knowledge we create and the people we empower.
Work with Intention: We explore and align ourselves the unique challenges our communities face. By better understanding the challenges we aim to solve, we can design better solutions.
Work with Confidence: We take creative risk to test new ideas and build scalable community centered solutions. The lessons we derive aid in accelerating impact.
Work Collectively: Impact is built on working openly and honestly. We share insights and build off the collective expertise of our teams. We ask questions and encourage diverse perspectives.
Theory of Change
CoAct uses a project based approach to build self-sustaining solutions. We recognize human centered and systems design as creative problem-solving processes that can turn bold insights and ideas into long term impact. These equitable design methodologies provide us the means to identify key gaps and develop the appropriate solutions needed to respond to the unique challenges our communities face. Our work is rooted in our belief that lasting social change is created through equitable engagement, empowered solutions, and enhanced capacity.
Equitable Design Process
Exploration: The exploration phase is about understanding the challenge, the people it impacts, the way it impacts people, and the contributing factors. It is about building a strong understanding of the challenge.
Discovery: The discovery phase about turning insights into ideas. It is an opportunity to reflect on the research, generate ideas, and hone our approach.
Deployment: The deployment phase about turning ideas into action. It is an opportunity test viable concepts, evaluate results, and scale effective solutions.
This process is not always linear and throughout we may find ourselves revisiting items as new insights emerge and our narrative changes.
Equitable Engagement: By gaining a firm understanding of the challenge, who it effects, and how it effects them, we can create more responsive, inclusive, and creative solutions. We imbue community members with stake and work alongside them to plan and implement our projects.
Empowered Solutions: Our approach is focused on building community solutions that can become self sufficient. We understand that true impact is achieve through the champions we serve and the solutions that can exist without further intervention.
Enhanced Capacity: Lessons learned turn to shared knowledge. We develop learning formats and provide tools to amplify local leadership knowledge in solving community challenges. We equip the communities we serve with the capacity to continue the work and replicate our models. Change does not happen with us alone.