Who We Are

A Creative Strategy Group

WE BRING PEOPLE AND RESOURCES TOGETHER.

Every one 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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Mobilizing Resources

Mobilizing Resources

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Producing a Podcast

Producing a Podcast

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Outcome-Driven Engagement

Outcome-Driven Engagement

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Supporting Conference Attendance

Supporting Conference Attendance

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Scaling Social Norms

Scaling Social Norms

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Defining Social Media Strategy

Defining Social Media Strategy

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Building Networks

Building Networks

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Using Data to Improve Health

Using Data to Improve Health

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Managing Web Production

Managing Web Production

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Getting to Know Foundation Staff

Getting to Know Foundation Staff

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Listening to Online Conversations

Listening to Online Conversations

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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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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…

forced drought in detroit

forced drought in detroit

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is knocking on doors – not to collect what is owed – but to turn off the water at any homes owing at least $150, or who are behind on two months worth of water payments. Yes, you need to pay your bills. And if you don’t pay those…

Films Are Films: Measuring the Social Impact of Documentary Films

Films Are Films: Measuring the Social Impact of Documentary Films

Earlier this year, the firm that I founded – Aggregate – partnered with the organizers of the True/False Film Fest to conduct a survey of the filmmakers whose films screened at the Fest in 2014. True/False is a well-regarded documentary film festival, particularly among filmmakers who often talk about how well the festival organizers treat…

a radical partnership: gaming & hospitals

a radical partnership: gaming & hospitals

Encouraging video game play as a way to provide healthy distractions and positive interactions? That’s radical, and it’s happening at hospitals and (soon) domestic violence shelters worldwide. As a (relative) newcomer to Seattle, I’m enjoying learning about the diverse organizations and causes with roots in the Pacific Northwest. Each month, I will highlight a local…

radical comedy: you are what you eat

radical comedy: you are what you eat

An open comedy competition that simultaneously benefits the arts and sustainable agriculture? That’s radical. As a (relative) newcomer to Seattle, I’m enjoying learning about the diverse organizations and causes with roots in the Pacific Northwest. Each month, I will highlight a local group whose radical work inspires me to be more radical in my own work and…

powerful photography for social change

powerful photography for social change

Using documentary photography to inspire positive change in attitudes, behavior, and policy? That’s radical. As a (relative) newcomer to Seattle, I’m enjoying learning about the diverse organizations and causes with roots in the Pacific Northwest. Each month, I will highlight a local group whose radical work inspires me to be more radical in my own…

true/false & aggregate: a unique commitment

true/false & aggregate: a unique commitment

We love storytellers. We especially love our creative director David Wilson, his co-conspirator Paul Sturtz and their yearly documentary film festival, the True/False Film Fest. Creating compelling, high-quality films is no small feat, and beautiful work often does not receive a wide theatrical run. True/False is working to create a sustainable ecosystem for nonfiction filmmakers…

getting your undriving license

getting your undriving license

Instead of pledging money, what if you pledged to change your behavior and challenge your daily routine? That’s radical. As a newcomer to Seattle, I’m enjoying learning about the diverse organizations and causes with roots in the Pacific Northwest. Each month, I will highlight a local group whose radical work inspires me to be more…

giving away money

giving away money

It’s time again for our end of year donations, but the truth is that Aggregate gives money throughout the year. Sometimes we do so to show our admiration and other times our love. Sometimes we do so because a great story compels us or because we want to support our friends. We always do so…

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