Who We Are

A Creative Strategy Group

WE BRING PEOPLE AND RESOURCES TOGETHER.

Everyone talks about collaboration, but few know how to make it happen – effectively. Aggregate helps our clients to share (honestly) what they can bring to the table – and what they expect in return – to make it more likely they’ll achieve the social change they seek.

WE THINK STORYTELLERS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

Our heroes are those who can spin a good yarn, tug on our heartstrings or rile us up. For social change to happen, people need to be aware, care, understand, act, and evangelize. We need to tell them stories and help them to tell stories of their own.
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Who We Work With

Conspirators

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PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATIONS

Aggregate works with foundations to develop creative approaches to seek out new ideas, share ideas in which they have invested, and build partnerships.

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Nonprofit organizations work with Aggregate to communicate potentially complex issues and ideas, and to expand the networks of people and organizations joining them in their battle for change.

AUTHORS AND FILMMAKERS

We work with authors and filmmakers to get books in hand and butts in seats, but also to increase the likelihood that the stories they tell can have the social impact they have the capacity to achieve.

Our Work

Portfolio

We don’t want to define ourselves by the tactics we use; we’re not a digital agency or a PR firm. We’re medium agnostic. We listen to our clients so we understand the hurdles they face and then create strategies that we believe will enable them to overcome them. It’s pretty simple stuff. Not always sexy – but occasionally very sexy.

Illustrating Complex Ideas

Illustrating Complex Ideas

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Justice Reinvestment

Justice Reinvestment

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Producing Pitch Day

Producing Pitch Day

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Thomas Goetz and The Remedy

Thomas Goetz and The Remedy

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Visualizing Health Data

Visualizing Health Data

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Reaching Common Ground

Reaching Common Ground

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Producing a Podcast

Producing a Podcast

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Outcome-Driven Engagement

Outcome-Driven Engagement

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Scaling Social Norms

Scaling Social Norms

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Mobilizing Resources

Mobilizing Resources

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Defining Social Media Strategy

Defining Social Media Strategy

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Aggregate Website

Aggregate Website

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Building Networks

Building Networks

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Recruiting Fellows

Recruiting Fellows

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Using Data to Improve Health

Using Data to Improve Health

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Supporting Conference Attendance

Supporting Conference Attendance

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Listening to Online Conversations

Listening to Online Conversations

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Getting to Know Foundation Staff

Getting to Know Foundation Staff

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Managing Web Production

Managing Web Production

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The Team

We care about the work we do: the integrity with which we approach it and the impact it has on this world.

The latest from Aggregate

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part of the argument: lgbtq storytelling and social change

part of the argument: lgbtq storytelling and social change

“You think you can change America through film?” – Charlie Rose “Oh, I don’t know. That’s not even in my job description. Storytelling. Get the story right. Do what you can with the story. Try not to cheat the story. Whatever happens after that is in the purview of other people. I felt that way…

storytelling, time and grit

storytelling, time and grit

How long does it take to tell a story that makes an impact? Susan B. Anthony’s speaking tour in 1873 in support of women’s voting rights brought her to 50 towns and villages in upstate New York, where she repeatedly delivered a 533-word speech calling for women’s rights to the suffrage. In the 90-minute documentary…

measure of all things at true/false

measure of all things at true/false

Earlier this month, Aggregate was honored to sponsor two performances of Sam Green’s live documentary, The Measure of All Things, at the True/False Film Fest. Thank you to True/False and photographer, Whitney Buckner, for the photos from the Friday night performance. Sam was joined onstage for both performances by musicians Brendan Canty, Todd Griffin and Catherine…

the achievement gap

the achievement gap

We recently passed Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s new book A Path Appears around the office. From the publisher: “With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, determine some of today’s most successful local and global initiatives to fight inequality, and evaluate particularly effective forms of help such…

the water we swim in

the water we swim in

We recently passed Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s new book A Path Appears around the office. From the publisher: “With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, determine some of today’s most successful local and global initiatives to fight inequality, and evaluate particularly effective forms of help such…

the empathy cycle

the empathy cycle

We recently passed Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s new book A Path Appears around the office. From the publisher: “With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, determine some of today’s most successful local and global initiatives to fight inequality, and evaluate particularly effective forms of help such…

sharing our good fortune

sharing our good fortune

Selecting the organizations with which we share our good fortune is a group effort that includes our full time staff as well as the collaborators with whom we work. My request to them is that they share ideas that reflect who we are as a company: we want to support organizations that are unapologetic about…

why we choose this work

why we choose this work

Why did you choose your job? Is it the family business or is it something you dreamed of doing since you were a child? Is it something you never expected to do, but somehow here you are? Before I even knew what a veterinarian was, I wanted to “fix animals so they could live forever.”…

on ‘life itself’ and the power of digital media

on ‘life itself’ and the power of digital media

A couple days after seeing Life Itself, a wonderfully inspiring documentary about the life of Roger Ebert, I continue to be struck by seemingly conflicting emotions: nostalgia for old media and an appreciation for the opportunities brought by new media. As the film chronicled Ebert’s career, I longed for a time I was never really…

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