Welcome.

The Curious Company is a collective of creative problem-solvers who bring decades of experience, strategic know-how, and innovative thinking to the most entrenched issues of our day. We practice a radically collaborative form of Human Centered Design (HCD) and our aim is two-fold:


1

Design and develop solutions at the scale of the challenges we address.

2

Work shoulder-to-shoulder with client partners, leveraging their talents and leaving them even more capable of developing human-centered interventions. 

Our Process

Design + Rigor

As we practice Human Centered Design (HCD), we work with communities to understand a challenge from their perspective and creatively solve it with their guidance and input. The truth is, most great social sector change-makers intuitively practice elements of Human Centered Design. Through learning-by-doing, our partner clients super-charge their HCD practice and codify an innovation process that is faster, more human-centered, and better leverages internal creative firepower. 

HCD helps us learn fast: to quickly test an idea and with immediate feedback re-design and improve it in real time. Traditionally it takes months to learn what we can discover with HCD in a few hours or days.
— MELISSA HIGBIE / Former Deputy Director of PSI/Tanzania

But our playbook goes beyond design. We bring a full complement of rigorous practices to our interventions and innovations. Between us we have expertise in Anthropology, Behavioral Science, Research (qualitative and quantitative), Brand Building, Marketing, Messaging, and Measurement – allowing us to design our approach and solutions to specifically meet the challenge at hand.

CORE SKILLS

We have a deep set of skills honed by years of experience.

For every project, we custom build our team, matching the right skills and team size to each challenge we address. Skills in our toolkit include:

Behavioral Insights
Design Thinking
Design Thinking Capacity Building
Human Centered Design
Landscape Analysis
Measurement + Evaluation
Qualitative + Design Research
Work Session Design + Facilitation
Vision + Value Setting

 

the curious collective

We are a collective of creative professionals all dedicated to social change.

Together we join forces to take on significant projects that leverage our combined skills. Some of us have full-time social or commercial sector jobs from which we take leave to contribute to special projects. Most of us are full-time freelancers who commit to projects for the long-haul. We all share a singular commitment to respectfully engage with ‘clients’ in true thought partnership so that, as we take on challenges together, absolutely no talent is left on the table.

 

 
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    Designer + Design Researcher

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Designer + Design Researcher

     
  
 
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   R  ebecca Calder    Insights Lead +  Cultural Anthropologist (PhD)   

Rebecca Calder

Insights Lead +

Cultural Anthropologist (PhD)

 

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    Project Manager       

Sarah Deigert

Project Manager


 

    Rhoda Maina     Social Anthropologist      

Rhoda Maina

Social Anthropologist

 

 

   Pam Scott    Founder       

Pam Scott

Founder 

 

 

   Matthew Willcox    Behavioral Insights Lead

Matthew Willcox

Behavioral Insights Lead

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    Designer + Design Researcher      

Mariana Somma

Designer + Design Researcher

 

 

   Annu Yadav    Designer

Annu Yadav

Designer

   Diane Tompkins    Senior Strategist      

Diane Tompkins

Senior Strategist

 

 

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Case Study

Reducing teen pregnancy in Tanzania.

We share this current work-in-progress example of our work to demonstrate what we do and how we do it. Eight of us have been working in partnership with PSI/Tanzania. Two of us for some months now. Together our objectives are to significantly curb unintended teen pregnancies throughout Tanzania, and upskill PSI’s team in Dar es Salaam on the practice of Human Centered Design. While there is still work ahead, we’re proud of our progress thus far and the exceptionally collaborative nature of our efforts. Please click here for at look at the inner-PSI website we created to document our journey together

CLIENTS

We integrate our past corporate experiences into our current work focused on social change.

Team Curious has collaborated with clients, partners and communities in over a dozen counties and with some of the world’s leading pro-social organizations. In addition to our social practice, most of us also draw on prior experience advising large corporations. 

Speaking

We're passionate about spreading the practice of taking a human-centered approach to problem solving.

Curious Founder, Pam Scott, is a noted public speaker who has spoken around the world about the intersection of design and social impact. A partial list of past speaking engagements include:

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Let's make change together.