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, Client Partner at 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.

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.

 

 
Danny Alexander HCD Specialist, Designer & Educator

Danny Alexander

HCD Specialist, Designer & Educator

Stacy Barnes Creative Lead, Social Innovation Specialist + HCD Educator  

Stacy Barnes

Creative Lead, Social Innovation Specialist + HCD Educator

 

Parker Blackman Team Leader, Communications Strategist + Messaging Specialist  

Parker Blackman

Team Leader, Communications Strategist + Messaging Specialist

 

Tom de Blasis Creative Lead, Social Innovation Specialist + HCD Educator

Tom de Blasis

Creative Lead, Social Innovation Specialist + HCD Educator

Rebecca Calder Anthropologist (PhD) + Social Impact Specialist

Rebecca Calder

Anthropologist (PhD) + Social Impact Specialist

Isabel Harvey HCD Specialist + Business Designer

Isabel Harvey

HCD Specialist + Business Designer

Carson Linforth Bowley HCD Specialist + Design Lead

Carson Linforth Bowley

HCD Specialist + Design Lead

Emily Mesko Project Manager

Emily Mesko

Project Manager

Julia Plowman Team Lead, Marketing + Social Innovation Specialist

Julia Plowman

Team Lead, Marketing + Social Innovation Specialist

Marianna Prieto HCD Specialist, Designer + Educator

Marianna Prieto

HCD Specialist, Designer + Educator

Pam Scott Founder, HCD Specialist + Educator

Pam Scott

Founder, HCD Specialist + Educator

Rebecca van Dyck Global Marketing Specialist

Rebecca van Dyck

Global Marketing Specialist

Matthew Willcox Behavioral Science + Communication Strategy Specialist

Matthew Willcox

Behavioral Science + Communication Strategy Specialist

Annu Yadav HCD Specialist + UI/UX Designer

Annu Yadav

HCD Specialist + UI/UX Designer

 
 

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

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