Unpack Impact is an interdisciplinary research initiative exploring the business case for including beneficiaries in the design of projects and services intended to improve their lives.
Unpack Impact is investigating a critical question: More than ever before, today’s leading for-profit companies are involving consumers in the design of products and services. Yet why is it that beneficiaries continue to be largely excluded from design processes in the for-impact sector (non-profits, social enterprise, development agencies, and the vehicles by which they are funded: philanthropy, impact-investing, and aid)?
Our data demonstrates that when you design with only 10% of the relevant intel, you come up with answers that are only 10% solved. By continuing this way of doing business, in which only 10% of the world’s population is seen as the experts, designers and decision-makers of “impact,” urgently needed insight is being lost.
Unpack Impact is sparking a conversation among actors across the for-impact sector to join us in investigating and co-creating new ways forward. Together, we seek to evolve the for-impact sector’s operating mindset and methodology, toward creating the capacity and incentives to unlock 90% of the world’s ingenuity. We invite you to join us in listening to the 90% waiting—to unpack impact.
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