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.

Inspiring Stakeholders

Inspiring Stakeholders

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Building Networks

Building Networks

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Connecting Storytelling and Social Change

Connecting Storytelling and Social Change

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Connecting Science to the Street

Connecting Science to the Street

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Illustrating Complex Ideas

Illustrating Complex Ideas

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Mobilizing Supporters

Mobilizing Supporters

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Producing Events

Producing Events

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Educating Decision Makers

Educating Decision Makers

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Visualizing Data

Visualizing Data

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Generating Buzz

Generating Buzz

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Producing a Podcast

Producing a Podcast

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Reaching Common Ground

Reaching Common Ground

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Scaling Social Norms

Scaling Social Norms

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Driving Outcome-Based Engagement

Driving Outcome-Based Engagement

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Defining Social Media Strategy

Defining Social Media Strategy

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Mobilizing Resources

Mobilizing Resources

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Using Data to Improve Health

Using Data to Improve Health

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Recruiting Fellows

Recruiting Fellows

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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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Telling an Organization’s Story

Telling an Organization’s Story

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Meeting Foundation Staff

Meeting 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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put up your dukes, asshole

put up your dukes, asshole

Over the past couple of days, I’ve heard from a number of friends with questions about what they should do in response to the outcome of the election; how they can have a impact in the face of the administration that will be in The White House in January. I’ve written this post with those…

The John Hughes Effect

The John Hughes Effect

When I was 15, I wrote a fan letter to John Hughes and became his pen pal. This isn’t that blog post. If you want to know that story, you can read it here. But this blog post is about reaching out to people to ask them for something—even when you think they might be too busy…

streetwise revisited: one story among the countless

streetwise revisited: one story among the countless

I first came across this photograph in May 2015 when I learned the photographer, Mary Ellen Mark, had passed away. I felt entranced by the photograph’s irony: a child living in Seattle dressed up to look like an adult French prostitute. This costume wasn’t far off from reality. This photo is part of a larger…

Poetry, Buses, and Activism

Poetry, Buses, and Activism

I saw a bus ad the other day calling for submissions for Poetry on Buses, one of my favorite public art programs in Seattle. It reminded me of a conversation I had back in May with my friend Elizabeth Austen, who was the Washington State poet laureate until earlier this year.   I’d been thinking…

The Art Points to Something: Kehinde Wiley’s “A New Republic”

The Art Points to Something: Kehinde Wiley’s “A New Republic”

I’ve never been as excited for a museum exhibition as I was for the opening of Kehinde Wiley’s “A New Republic” at Seattle Art Museum (SAM). The New York-based, Yale-trained artist is known for his larger than life, vividly colored portraits depicting young men of color in historical poses and scenes. His Anthony of Padua…

the loudest day for american women: international women’s day

the loudest day for american women: international women’s day

Five years ago today, a man in Paris stopped me to give me a flower as I walked down the Boulevard St. Germain. “For you, on your special day,” he told me. Reading the confusion on my face, he quickly added, “Happy International Women’s Day!” I smiled and thanked him as I accepted the flower.…

the grandma magda guide to building relationships

the grandma magda guide to building relationships

My grandmother, Magda Brown, excels at building and cultivating relationships. This is inherent in her nature, but she is also driven by a personal mission. She is determined to share her story of surviving the Holocaust with as many people as possible. Through telling her story, she hopes to make future generations conscious of the…

kind of a big deal

kind of a big deal

We’re thrilled over here in Aggregate land to announce that we’re working with Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker David France to develop and run the social impact campaign in support of his new film about trans rights pioneers Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. We’re super fans of David’s first film, How to Survive a Plague, and it was…

worthy in your eyes

worthy in your eyes

Aggregate celebrated four years of being in business this October and today we celebrate four years of showing our gratitude by giving back. We donate approximately 10 percent of our profits each year. Selecting the organizations to which we make donations is a collaborative process, with staff proposing their ideas for organizations that reflect Aggregate’s…

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Whether you are a nonprofit, foundation, author or filmmaker seeking help with a strategic or creative challenge or someone who wants to join our team, we want to hear from you.