A pilot project in applied innovation

Independence Design is the tale of two partners who wanted to do more. One, Darwin, a national center for social impact with roots in Washington, headquarters in Pittsburgh, and wings across the nation. The other, action pact, a frontlines maverick building independence in Southeast, rural Georgia.

A strategic branding engagement between the two partners revealed the opportunity for additional, innovative intervention. Introducing phase two of our pilot. Can we close the gap between individuals in poverty and the human service system built around them?


4 stories in 1

To help understand the impetus for and potential social impact of this breakthrough, we’ve analyzed and prepared four unique perspectives to understand the granular to the grandiose.



About Darwin

As a center for social impact, Darwin partners with changemakers locally, nationally, and globally to solve complex issues. In addition to a focus on poverty, Darwin has an extensive portfolio including in public health, aging, economic development, and conservation.

Founded by a trailblazer convinced the pace of progress can be accelerated, Darwin assembles the sharpest minds and introduces new methods to bridge the gap between intent and outcome.

Their management and design experts inform solutions that reframe narratives, rethink systems, and modernize policy. Since 2014, they have worked at the intersection of changemaker and policymaker to provide impact services: strategy, design, media, transformation. To date, they’ve kept their promise to move society forward™ and have aligned over 86,000 people, accelerated 30 missions, and impacted 9 issue areas.