We are a design-focused collective of systems-minded individuals creating conditions for more effective change & social impact.


our approach

Design, systems and the need for more collaboration.


our members

Our collective and what kind of changemaker you might be.


our reach

Partners, sponsors, idols and events.

RESUSCITATE |riˈsəsəˌtāt| to bring back to a conscious or active state again."
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary

"Efficiency in production should not be a guiding principle, for it takes away all humanity and creativity."
- Grace Lee & Jimmy Boggs

"All men up, no man down."
- Whitney Young, Sr.

"Promote the general welfare of the people."
- Preamble of the U.S. Constitution

"All too often a solution is sought in some kind of formalism ... devoid of its original spirit"
- José Antonio Coderch

"Embrace complexity to uncover simple solutions."
- Eric Berlow

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
- Buckminster Fuller

Leading Initiatives

a tool to help expore and form housing cooperatives

Housing Co-ops: Tools & Visioning | considering co-ops with friends can be as easy as deciding to buy a home

analysis of development and potential of suburbs

Redefining Suburbia | opportunity cores

community grocery demand to corner stores

Tovaglia | grocery demand tool to bring high-quality, locally-sourced groceries to your corner

a plan for detroit - opportunity cores

A Plan for Detroit | opportunity cores, applied

multi-use public schools

Multi-Use Public Schools

local potential - neighbors startup network

Neighbors Startup Network | pooling the ideas, industries and interests of neighbors to spark local self-reliance

Micro Projects & Interventions

bus node businesses

Bus-Node Businesses

transit options equity chicago

Equitable Transit Options

changemaking

What is Changemaking? | dissecting the world of planning, policy & other changemaking disciplines

blurred boundaries of chicago neighborhoods

Blurred and Proud | a chicago neighborhoods project

chicago TIF district visualization and mapping

Tax Increment Financing poster visualization | in collaboration with CivicLab

data visualizations

Ongoing [Data] Visualizations | an experimental foray into impact-focused visual analyses

webify publications, accessible on mobile devices

Webify-ing Publications | disseminating nonprofit research by making publications easily accessible on mobile devices

News

USER-TESTING: Help us improve the next version of our tool that makes it easier to consider housing cooperatives with friends by becoming a beta-tester.

RECOGNITION: A previous version of our tovaglia project was a finalist for the Design Ignites Change 2013 Fellowship.

RECOGNITION: Our entry for Design Makes Change's Sweet Homes Chicago 2012 competition won 1st place! Many thanks to the organizers, jurors, and supporters.