In Indiana, we have guided the re-branding of nonprofits such as About Special Kids, ArtMix, and Morning Light; led research projects on social issues and nonprofit capacity for the Lilly Endowment; and guided strategic planning and marketing initiatives that have raised income and impact for clients in education; corporate human resources; digital, musical, and visual arts; medicine; family strengthening; nutrition; and philanthropy.
Our team interviewed female engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs to produce a study for USAID on the impact of scholarships through the US-Egypt Higher Education Initiative, and authored a second report on a program that is revolutionizing classroom learning among tens of thousands of teachers and students across Egypt.
We study and catalyze design thinking initiatives and we advise clients on ways to build creative spaces for their teams. Occasionally, we get to visit friends and colleagues whose work mirrors our own, such as the team at 5% Design Action and DreamVok in Taipei.
Our team used design thinking techniques to design and envision systems and business models that make healthy food more readily available to residents of Indianapolis. We have also contributed to the design of a citywide Food Compass app that will become live in late 2019.
Our team envisioned and created an entrepreneurship curriculum that is now being taught to university students across Indonesia. We conducted this initiative in partnership with Jadi Pengusaha Mandiri, IIE, the Mien R Uno Foundation, Prestasi Junior Indonesia, and Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. (Photo credit: Graeme Churchard)
Guatemala City, Guatelmala
We produced journey maps to improve access to health care among villagers in Central America, and advised executives on their launch of a mobile health technology business to link patients and doctors in Guatemala. (Photo credit: Yi JIang)
Philanthropic foundations distribute gifts to good causes, or in the case of the Hancock County Community Foundation, they take proactive steps to tackle social issues and raise the quality of life. We led strategic planning, organizational design, and benchmarking projects that have spurred the creation of a nonprofit management training program, new educational offerings for families, and placemaking initiatives throughout the county.
We have conducted field research on urban gardening initiatives in cities such as Vancouver, Boston, and Los Angeles. This research has informed our design of strategic plans for gardening and nutrition programs in urban neighborhoods.
We envision and guide the creation of placemaking and mobility solutions for communities in central Indiana. Our ideas gain inspiration from our fieldwork and past projects in cities such as Zurich, Shanghai, and Taipei.
We led a project to create and launch the new name and visual identity of ArtMix. This arts organization had previously operated for decades as VSA Arts.
Our founder, Bryan, co-chaired an initiative to enhance digital and blended learning experiences for Harvard University alumni worldwide. This initiative has contributed to the design and elevation of HarvardX and EdX, one of the world’s premier platforms for online learning.
We integrate creative design thinking approaches with feasible business models. We provide occasional guidance to SoaPen, a UNICEF innovation grant winner whose founders are turning a child-friendly, economical, and environmentally sustainable hygiene solution into a sustainable social enterprise in Mumbai, India. (Photo credit: Nitish Patel)
Hong Kong, China
We have designed and conducted education initiatives for schools and education entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and mainland China. Aspen Impact’s first-ever project, in 2003, was to improve learning outcomes at one of the premier schools in Hong Kong.
We identified and plotted neighborhood resources en route to building a community ecosystem map. These activities, plus our advising of school leaders, helped The Oaks Academy prepare for site expansion as it nurtured relationships with local families and community partners in Indianapolis.
We created and taught workshops on community development and nonprofit management in Bamako, the capital of Mali in West Africa. The participating soccer coaches and nonprofit leaders are now applying the lessons to create safe and peaceful sports and community spaces in central Mali. This ongoing project attracted a Reciprocal Exchange Award from the Washington, DC-based Mandela Washington Fellowship Program.
Our team fosters global relationships between Sister Cities. Our founder, Bryan, provided pro bono assistance with social media marketing and event planning for the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, which won the Innovation Award for Arts and Culture from Sister Cities International. Over the years, we have participated in projects with Cologne, Germany, and Hangzhou, China.