Knowledge Designs to Change partners with social sector organizations to positively address structures of inequity. During this time of immense upheaval in the civic sector, the imperative has never been greater for embracing knowledge development that is strong, robust, distinctive, and influential. We’re a strategic knowledge practice responding to social challenges by recognizing possibility, identifying opportunities for courageous learning and action, and demonstrating change through our own willingness to risk and adapt for successful outcomes.
We believe that access to knowledge practice is a form of power. Knowledge inclusion starts with having the means to ask questions, adapt methods to one’s own context and intentions, and creating ways to use knowledge processes to support strategies for equity and social justice.
Various forms of knowledge work include reflective practice, landscape analysis, systematic learning, documentation, demonstration, evaluation and research. Reflective practice enables organizations to recognize challenges and successes within their own values and strategic frameworks. Landscape analysis provides a detailed view of relevant factors in the contexts for change. Systematic learning and inquiry provide robust mechanisms for identifying effectiveness and possibility. Demonstration and evaluation connect impact to promising practices for a broader field. Research takes each of these forms of learning and relates them to broader bodies of knowledge and change potential.
We actively partner with change leaders and leadership teams who are taking a stance on issues and events of the day within the framework of our shared values and visions for the future. We seek to create spaces for brave conversations that bolster and strengthen organizations and networks. By working together to incorporate knowledge practice into change strategy, we aim to expand and accelerate social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We multiply our partner’s impact by achieving more together than a single individual or organization can accomplish alone.