The team.

 
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KIM LARKIN

Kim is a ninja combination of strategic thinker, facilitator and client concierge who loves ensuring all the details are just perfect. She has directed multiple businesses, built nonprofits from the ground up, and managed numerous national and international creative projects. She is a resourceful instigator who thrives on creating connections and bringing creativity to complex problems. Kim earned a masters degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a B.A. in Art History from the University of Utah and is a certified Project Management Professional. In her free time, you'll find Kim in the mountains, volunteering in the community, or enjoying a glass of bourbon.

 

TAMARA (TOM-RUH) CHRISTENSEN

FOUNDER

Tamara is a passionate and empathetic facilitator, trainer, researcher, speaker and author. She brings nearly 20 years of experience blending design thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and research to help organizations build innovation capabilities and apply them to complex business challenges. Tamara works with a range of organizations from local businesses to global Fortune 100 companies including Honeywell and 3M. She is also faculty in the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has been described metaphorically as a glass of prosecco, a whirling dervish, and a sharpie. Tamara’s book, F-ing Innovation: Why innovation is hard and what to do about it is available on Amazon.

 
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ABBY WILKYMACKY

Abby has a passion for design and problem solving in the “fuzzy front end” of the design process for services, systems, and products—wherever there are humans involved! She is a passionate master of generous listening, framing real-world problems, developing tools and methods to uncover insights from users, and turning complex problems from multiple perspectives into actionable insights. Abby holds a BS in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University. She also teaches Industrial Design and Qualitative Research courses at Arizona State University.

 

Key collaborators.

 
Doug Reid

Doug Reid

Thinking Partner

Phoenix, Arizona

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Michelle Auerbach

Narratologist

Denver, Colorado

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Katrin Elster

Head of StrategicPlay®

Hamburg, Germany

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Alexandre Eisenchteter

Co-founder of Stormz

Paris, France

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Sarah Spencer

Graphic Recorder

Phoenix, Arizona

 
 
 

Work hard. Play hard. 

Our why.

We are on a mission to transform the way it feels to work.  

 

Transformational Empathy:

Our human capacity to empathize with ourselves and each other is a core strength of being human. As we allow ourselves to change and grow through human connection we build relationships and capacity to serve in a meaningful way.

Courageous Creativity:

It takes courage and vulnerability to face fear- which is often the feeling of excitement for the unknown. Creative problem solving is a skill that anyone can learn and develop, especially when we are encouraged to brave our diversity and cooperate.

Playful Productivity:

Work shouldn't hurt. Instead, hard work can elicit feelings of joy and produce a state of "flow". We approach even the most gnarly problems with enthusiasm and an unapologetic passion for process.