3×3 Community-Centered Design Toolkit

Explore perspectives to approach your everyday work and community relationships with the lens of inclusion, openness, and equity.

Equity mindedness

We intend to draw attention to patterns of inequity, dismantle systems of oppression, and take responsibility through our practice by centering the voices of those affected by the outcomes of the design process, and creating solutions that are inclusive and socially just.

Restorative planning

Planning often fails to address root causes of inequity reproducing inequitable power relationships. We intend to redistribute power and create healing spaces through our work by centering the power and voices of communities historically impacted by the oppressive systems.

Ambiguity tolerance

We intend to accept and recognize the value that underlies the discomfort associated with confronting uncertainty or conflicting demands, and we strive to navigate gracefully challenges with unpredictable outcomes.

Systems thinking

We recognize the circular and connected nature of the world we live in, and in doing so seek to understand the world as a network of interrelated and connected parts, rather than independent elements, and help create solutions that break through problematic systemic patterns.

Inclusive collaboration

We believe that diversity of many types, including differences in culture, ethnicity, and gender, as well as a variety of forms of expertise, perspectives, values, and interests, makes us better problem solvers. We believe in working side-by-side with our partners to solve problems collaboratively through the exchange of information, ideas, and perspectives.

Visual fluency

We pay close attention to creating appealing visual communication tools, as they can inspire impactful and meaningful experiences for our partners and communities we serve.

Participatory innovation

We believe creating durable and inclusive solutions requires us to develop prototypes through participatory methods, and involve early and iterative forms of feedback. Doing so allows us to eliminate self-imposed constraints, be responsive to stakeholder needs, and continuously learn and improve.

Join 3x3 for our summer training series 💙
  • Centering equity from the start — Thursday, July 22 at 12 p.m. ET
  • Transformative impact evaluation and storytelling — Friday, July 23 at 12 p.m ET
  • Inclusive facilitation fundamentals — 5 Fridays, August 6 through September 3