Celebrating International Women's Day // Good Morning, InsightPact

Women-led and Women-inspired

Today, Irene and I are excited to celebrate International Women’s Day by launching InsightPact’s new website, which features amazing women that our teams have worked with around the world to foster emotional intelligence, build innovative solutions, and understand diverse people. Launching on International Women’s Day is our first public commitment to always acknowledging and highlighting the voices of those whose perspectives diversify and innovate our teams, organizations, and societies.

Irene, co-founder of InsightPact, working with other participants of International Development Design Summit Sisaket, in July 2017.  photo credit. Kendra Sharp

Irene, co-founder of InsightPact, working with other participants of International Development Design Summit Sisaket, in July 2017.  photo credit. Kendra Sharp

InsightPact is inspired, in so many ways, by some of the today’s woman thought leaders in design, international development, business, coaching, and social impact. From Amy Smith, and her team at MIT D-Lab, we have learned what it means to co-create with communities. Because of Jenny Mackewn, and her work in coaching and systemic constellations, we have opened a new world for design research and training. To our friends and partners at fellow women-led business and organizations at Raitong Organics Farm, DSIL, Socialgiver, Wedu, kar.ma coffee, Karkhana, and so many more. We are inspired by not only these women-led organizations’ work, but their inclusivity, leadership, and openness to diversity in, but not limited to, thought, gender, race, and socioeconomic status.

Franzi from Germany, Mint from Thailand, and Mansi from India at IDDS Sisaket in July 2017 building flipchart holders from local materials in rural Thailand. photo credit. Kendra Sharp

Franzi from Germany, Mint from Thailand, and Mansi from India at IDDS Sisaket in July 2017 building flipchart holders from local materials in rural Thailand. photo credit. Kendra Sharp

In reflection of the full body of our work and experiences, we have decided to name our method Investigative Design. From the ever-bustling offices of San Francisco to freshly integrated suburbs of Berlin to the rapidly changing streets of Bangkok, Investigative Design is our way to grow emotional intelligence in individuals, organizations, and systems. By grounding our method in the best of design thinking, executive coaching, and advanced technologies, we deepen our ability to develop trust and understanding with others. In the coming days, we will be sharing more about the Investigative Design method, and how it can help your organization, alongside our team and partners, facilitate growth in innovation, creativity, and leadership to address your challenges and opportunities today and into the future.

Inspired by the women in our lives and their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and impact, our teams proudly represent people and perspectives of the Global South. With Investigative Design, we strive for innovation designed for a future where we know stability is rooted in adaptation to change, and where data and knowledge comes in many forms. Together, whether we are working to understand new markets, or drive social impact with local communities, we recognize the need for organizations and teams that realize the full depth of our experiences, knowledge, and perspectives in creating innovation.

Good Morning, InsightPact

InsightPact is an organization years in the making, and we’re ready to go. Our teams learn fast. A key advantage of Investigative Design in that it challenges our team and clients to move with both agility and humility in diverse environmental and human contexts. We prepare to understand 90% of the pieces in play, but we know and anticipate that when we hit the ground running that the last 10% will change the game completely. But we’re ready because a big part of that preparation is rooted in the diversity of our global partnerships.

Ayisha, from Malaysia, engaging participants in a workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal in October 2016 with InsightPact partner, Karkhana. photo credit. Karkhana

Ayisha, from Malaysia, engaging participants in a workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal in October 2016 with InsightPact partner, Karkhana. photo credit. Karkhana

We believe that purpose-driven innovation has a future in all organizations to create positive impact, sustainable growth, and innovative strategies. Generations are shifting. The people we work with and the people we serve are changing with the times, as the technologies we acquire increasingly disrupt the way we interact.

More than ever, we see the need for all people to develop the skills and have the tools to reflect on their work, individually, and with their teams. We see Investigative Design as a valuable method for creating a toolbox of skills that allow teams and organizations to deepen their emotional intelligence over time. In this process, we see an opportunity to understand  people make sense of the past, how organizations create logic in the present, and systems anticipate our common and uncommon futures.

InsightPact exists to support social impact organizations globally. While we are launching first with an innovation consultancy, there is so much more that will come in 2018 and beyond.

-Hermes