20 innovative ways to impact climate change

The Accelerating Climate Solutions report features 20 prize designs to impact climate change. Thoroughly researched and strategically applied, prizes can catalyze partnerships, advance smart solutions, and incite widespread action to stop climate change. Focus areas...

Community Strategist – DC

US We’re all about the people. We’re a social innovation design firm, helping organizations to deepen relationships with their communities to succeed in today’s connected world. Unleashing your community’s collective potential, is the surest path to increase...

Inspiration over Aspiration to spark support

This excerpt is from the second piece in a series with FastCompany’s Co.EXIST, on movement making as an organizational strategy. Movement-making was popularized by nonprofits, but it’s a mistake to think that this is just a do-gooder’s strategy. Today, movements have...

Building blocks, foot races & space travel; the power of prizes

No matter what the topic, prizes tug at something deeply human in all of us. Competitions to build the tallest tower of blocks in the classroom and races around the playground during childhood evolve into architectural competitions and the Olympics. Prizes have a...

Dead simple prizes signal depth of design

From XPrize to Kickstarter.com online challenges, competitions or prizes are becoming familiar tools for social change, innovation and marketing. Despite the growing familiarity with the basic concept, “enter an idea and win a cash award,” smartly designed...

When Human Centered Design isn’t a silver bullet

“How could you get anything wrong if you design with humans at the center?” In short Human Centered Design (HCD) succeeds when things are observable, knowable, tangible and measurable. For the times those criteria are not present we need an alternative to HCD. Humans...