Context Partners is a new type of design firm on the leading edge of the community-centered design movement. We create relationships and dynamic human networks that help aspirational brands and causes succeed. Our clients live in a changing world where traditional models are failing, relationships are more valued than transactions, and passive audiences are coalescing into powerful vocal communities. Community-centered design means it’s all about people, because those closest to the problem will guide the way to solutions. We don’t rely solely on experts, new technologies or the usual go-to strategies for all the answers. Context Partners believes that understanding people and communities and leveraging the power of these relationships is the best way to help companies and organizations thrive.
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A real world platform for change
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Surfacing Employee Identity
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Bursting Out of Silos
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Creating Network Intelligence
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“But the truth is most innovations are created through networks — groups of people working in concert.”
Wall Street Journal
“The most successful companies no longer invent new products and services on their own. They create them along with their customers.”
Geoff Colvin, CNN Money Senior Editor
“Gallup’s research indicates that high levels of employee engagement correlate to more idea sharing, better idea generation, more creativity in role, and improved business outcomes.”
Jason Kreiger, Gallup Consultant
“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”
Bill Joy, Sun Microsystems co-founder
Unlike other design firms, Context Partners won’t tell you what to do. We work with you to identify core truths, determine a shared purpose and target goals. Together we create a framework to scale and build relationships that will accomplish great things for your aspirational brand or cause.
Engage your closest community to improve recruitment, retention and productivity.
Inspire a community to increase your customer base and brand loyalty.
Partner with a global community to source innovation and create resilience.
The first step is to uncover everything about your community through in-person interviews, cultural immersion and observational experiences that let us see the world through their eyes. We will discover what we can achieve together that we can’t do alone.
Community feedback helps us better understand their experiences as we all design, test and iterate solutions with them – not for them. People support what they help create when they are part of the process.
We define the relationships, interactions, rewards and technology required to reach each shared goal. This creates a roadmap to activate and sustain the community, inspire members and employees within an organization, and build loyalty for an aspirational brand.
Our teams based in Portland, Oregon, Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium are a diverse group of collaborative thinkers, entrepreneurs, brand innovators and community activators. We understand how relationships drive social innovation and lead to business success. Let’s work to design relationships with your community to change how you live, work and engage with the world. Founded in 2010, Context Partners collaborates with leadership teams at companies and organizations through our community-centered design practice. We’ve worked with nonprofits, for-profits, state governments, start-ups and Fortune 500 companies on challenging and diverse projects that build powerful relationships, communities and human networks.
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