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Our Story

As activist in our communities we often observed social problems get oversimplified. Conversations would center around creating new, shiny, ideas that were far separated from the challenges they aimed to address. Though crafted with intention, these conversations often would lack the representation of the very communities they aimed to serve and a clear understanding of the problem. 

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

As a direct response to this growing complexity, CoAct was formed as a Social Design Studio. Bound by our mission and commitment to community, CoAct helps 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 populations effected by disparities to help them live their best and most authentic lives. 

Our Mission

CoAct is a non-profit social design studio. We help our partners mobilize action, solve problems, and create lasting social impact.

Our Vision 

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

Our Objective

Through our work, we aim to amplify the communities we aim to serve. Our work is considered successful when a solution, organization or community member can effectively meet the needs of the population it serves.


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. 


How We Work

To achieve our objectives, CoAct creates project based initiatives to respond to the unique aspects of each challenge we embark to address. Our intention with each project is to amplify local capacity, launch effective responses, and then peel back our involvement to mitigate  institutionalizing ourselves and competing for resources with our partners. 

Through our work we embrace design as a problem-solving process that can turn insights and ideas into lasting impact. We recognize the role design plays in influencing how services are delivered, how messages are communicated, and how interventions are perceived and utilized. Design is not just about aesthetics or the products designed, it's about creating equitable processes, breaking down complex problems, crafting solutions that meet people where they are at, and improving outcomes for the populations we aim to serve. Collectively, we help drive inclusive and equitable social change more effectively.

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 discover bold ideas, test tangible concepts, and tether alignments to the challenges we aim to solve. 


Deployment: The deployment phase about turning bold ideas into action. During this phase we help our partners assess risk, define success, operationalize impact, and incubate successful 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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