Equity Centered Impact
We recognize design as a creative problem-solving process that is grounded in empathy. It is a powerful tool for turning ideas into action. For us it is an intentional effort to connect with those we aim to help. By anchoring the narrative in their lived experiences, we can use the insights gained to better understand the challenge. By better understanding the challenge, we can design better solutions.
We embrace the principals of design and systems thinking as a framework to help guide our actions. We understand that before any solution can be developed, ample research into the environmental, economic, social, and cultural challenges must be performed. By using a time and topic-based approach we can identify the overlapping aspects of a challenge, what action is currently being done, who is affected, and how it affects them. Once insights are gained, we recruit the necessary cohort of partners and solutions to accelerate impact and then peel back our involvement, so we do not institutionalize ourselves or compete for resources. We strive to be intentional creating solutions that do not require our constant intervention, and that lay the foundation for future impact.
Exploration: We convene events and develop workshops to explore a topic and better understand the challenge. Our approach helps to build awareness and engage directly with those we aim to help.
Discovery: We develop open forums with stakeholders, communities, and innovators to collaborate, exchange ideas, and identify tangible concepts.
Deployment: Putting all those great ideas to test is what we do best. We establish an intersection of community needs and practicality to test viable concepts, evaluate results, and scale effective solutions.
This process is not always linear and through out we may find ourselves revisiting items as new insights emerge and our narrative changes.
Discover Possibilities: Knowing what the challenge is about is a crucial first step. Through research and engagement we are able to gain insights from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and those most effected to reveal and understand the intimate aspects of the challenges we aim to solve. This helps us create a shared narrative to better navigate the complexities of the challenge as we search for solutions.
Build and Enhance Capacity: Lessons learned turn to shared knowledge. We develop in-person learning formats, engage future talent, and provide tools to amplify local leadership knowledge in creative problem solving.
Empower the Community: Through grassroots efforts and effective engagement strategies we provide options for communities to be key contributors to the issues they are most effected by and share in creating solutions.
Deploy Scalable Solutions: Our approach is focused on building scale and sustainability to accelerate broad impact. Through our collective impact model, topic-based approach, and our emphasis on experimentation we expedite and test new concepts in sync with the challenge at hand.
Foster Collective Impact: Through our network of partners, we develop a shared strategy to better address the complexities of these difficult challenges and maximize impact.