Furtherd° is a design strategy and consulting agency

We focus on helping individuals, teams, and organizations create impact in their businesses and communities.


Design Thinking is our method

Why Design Thinking?

At furtherd°, we believe that design thinking is an inherently right-sized approach to solve nearly any problem. It can be scaled up or down to fit your needs, timelines, or budget. Our people-centered design approach provides a mind-set, a framework, and a set of tools that puts people and their context at the heart of our efforts.

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Why purpose?

Purpose defines what we stand for in our careers and lives. As our friends at Imperative say “It is the impact we want to have, to create the world we want to live in.” Purpose isn’t a cause, a revelation, or luxury for the successful, it’s something more achievable than that. The 28% of the U.S. workforce that seek to align purpose with their work can be found in every industry and role. At furtherd°, we see alignment as the key differentiator to solving the knottiest of problems.


We do this through a wide range of engagements.

Project Framing + Support

It’s far too expensive to solve for the wrong problem, or to chase the wrong opportunity. Our people-centered design approach provides the principles, frameworks, and tools for innovative, iterative problem solving.  From short form 'design sprints' to in-depth 'project marathons', this work can be scaled up or down to fit your organizations appetite.

  • Design Research
  • Experience Design
  • Problem and Opportunity Framing
  • Business Modeling

Skills Development + Capacity Building

Rooted in a desire to build stronger, more resilient, and forward-thinking organizations, we work to understand and design for the gaps that hold your people and projects back. Through a structured program of individual development, facilitated sessions and real-time project application, we can drive at desired learning outcomes that over time can create major cultural shifts in the way your teams work.

  • Design Thinking Workshops
  • Facilitation
  • Program and Curriculum Development

Purpose + Leadership Coaching

The most impactful business results often come from teams aligned to their purpose. Teams who can celebrate the diversity of the purpose-drivers of its members ultimately create inspiring, high-performing cultures where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We help individuals and teams to understand, articulate and activate their purpose.

  • 1:1 Purpose Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Team Development
  • Organizational Alignment
     

As creative generalists, we specialize in problem solving.

By knowing a little bit about a lot of things, we’re able to see through the clutter and help make critical connections—within your organization and to the world at large. Our team is lean, but we bring a lot to the table. We also happen to have a vast network of generalists plus the occasional specialist that we like to partner with when the need arises. 

 

 
 
  Kate Hunt  ...is a designer and strategist focused on creating experiences that enable meaningful human connection and collaboration. Her work in innovation, communication design and research is characterized by a keen ability to recognize patterns and a natural inclination to question the prevailing mode of thought.   Kate has experiences that stretch from start-up, through non-profit, into enterprise and social entrepreneurship. Her best days are spent wrestling with complex ideas and uncovering truths that drive clarity and meaning for others.   kate@furtherdegree.com  —  Schedule 30 minutes with Kate

Kate Hunt
...is a designer and strategist focused on creating experiences that enable meaningful human connection and collaboration. Her work in innovation, communication design and research is characterized by a keen ability to recognize patterns and a natural inclination to question the prevailing mode of thought. 

Kate has experiences that stretch from start-up, through non-profit, into enterprise and social entrepreneurship. Her best days are spent wrestling with complex ideas and uncovering truths that drive clarity and meaning for others.

kate@furtherdegree.com

Schedule 30 minutes with Kate

 
 

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  Bill HR  ...is a certified  Purpose Leader  who has spent the past 15+ years of his career actively focused on developing, supporting and building capacity for the design and innovation community in West Michigan. He has supported entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organizations through business model design, deep community engagement and the development of educational curriculum.  The core of Bill's career is rooted in a desire to build stronger, more resilient, and forward-thinking organizations and communities through entrepreneurship and design.    bill@furtherdegree.com  —  Schedule 30 minutes with Bill   

Bill HR
...is a certified Purpose Leader who has spent the past 15+ years of his career actively focused on developing, supporting and building capacity for the design and innovation community in West Michigan. He has supported entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organizations through business model design, deep community engagement and the development of educational curriculum.

The core of Bill's career is rooted in a desire to build stronger, more resilient, and forward-thinking organizations and communities through entrepreneurship and design. 

bill@furtherdegree.com

Schedule 30 minutes with Bill
 

 
 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

― Howard Thurman