UpDIG

Integrative Design for Social Enterprise
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What We Do

We create sustainable futures
for new and established brands,
their customers, and the wider world.

How We Do It

We seek to right scale the urban
and peri-urban relationship,
and re-institute rural areas as hubs
for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Where We Focus

We work with people and organizations
to identify and amplify local opportunities
to improve health and quality of life
for communities around the world.

Who We Are

We bring decades of experience
in design and innovation around
food, water, energy, and
north/south direct trade.

Or…

We are designers, programmers, engineers, marketing and communications experts, and Monitoring & Evaluation partners for social enterprises around the world.
We specialize in developing markets for products in the North/South direct trade space, and small-scale agricultural and food system development.
We seek the most appropriate technologies to deliver the most dependable solution with the clearest message.

The only constant is constant change. Embrace IT.

A User

If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they'd have said a faster horse.

Henry Ford

What box? First of all, what is a box?

UpDIG

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.

G.K. Chesterton
Creative Brand Development

No matter how well we think we may know an industry or context, our “Integrative Design” approach dictates we engage every project or idea from a “zero assumptions” basis in order to chart best ways forward.

Strategic Communications

Relying on extensive expertise in platform development, we offer multiple channels to explore the various angles of attack on communications—internal, external, social, experiential—scaled and integrated appropriately to the goals of each project phase.

North/South Direct Trade

Our experience in global development allows us to identify hidden value in reverse innovation, knowledge share, and triple bottom line impact for all four hemispheres of the world.

Emerging Market Entry

We realize it’s far more than just right-scaling a product for an underserved market or developing world context. It’s a complete reassessment of values, need, and consumer behavior.

Media Integration

We know that if your media doesn’t possess an authentic voice, if it doesn’t match your intended audience with an appropriate outlet, it may not only fail to deliver, it may also be sending the wrong message.

Design for the Circular Economy

With on-the-ground experience in agriculture, waste management, and distributed energy systems, our “Integrative Design” approach supposes we need balance with our environment, but also that the environment is fluid, giving it a literal “seat at the table” of stakeholders.

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