Design for Momentum. Narratives for Change. Outcomes for Equity.

Welcome to Kinetic Seeds



Welcome to our home.

We live at the intersection of design and storytelling.

Inside our walls, we help organizations and networks tackle critical work and learn challenges that can lead to more equitable and sustainable futures.

Human principles of co-creation, discipline and tenacity set the foundation for all that we do.

Kinetic Seeds is a design and strategy organization solving


Our approach unearths powerful insights, narratives and opportunities generated by research, design-thinking and storytelling methods and tools.


At the Helm

We are driven to create   positive impact in everything we do.

President + Benevolent Troublemaker
Christine Flanagan or @chrisflanagan

Inquisitive and an “intersectionalist” at heart, Chris’ career has focused on guiding institutional leaders, policy makers and philanthropies development of new learning and support models that transcend the limits of our current system. A consummate creative executive with a keen eye for branding and movement-building, Chris leads our strategy and production teams in establishing vision and roadmaps that drive success for both organizations and the students they serve. Read more…

Co-Troublemaker + Head of Research & Experience
Christine Costello or @xstine

Part sociologist, part designer, and part futurist, Christine is at her best when she can combine her obsession for understanding the human experience with opportunities to apply her innate skill of making connections—connections that inform new thinking and inspire change. In her 18 years as an experience designer, researcher and facilitator,  Christine has helped organizations from a range of industry and social sectors to practice human-centered… Read more…

Why Kinetic Seeds?

We Never Give Up. Ever.

[And Neither Do Our Clients and Partners.]

We need new learn and work models for meeting the diverse needs and interests of today’s students. Models that transcend the limits of the current system. Models that are…
…predicated on principles of equity and equality,
…fueled by relationships of substance, and
…forged by the idea that learning can happen anywhere (and learners should get credit for it!).
These are the ideals that drive us here at Kinetic Seeds.
Here are just a few examples.
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The Kinetic Seeds Network Is Charged By A Select Group of Changemakers 

Our Latest Troublemaking Posts

News, views and insights across the education and workforce development divide.

Transforming the student experience through career education and exploration

Over the past 8 months, Kinetic Seeds has been working with Jeffrey Selingo, author, Professor of Practice/Special Adviser, Arizona State University, and…

Announcing New Initiative: What Might an Aligned K-16 CBE System Look Like?

In a rather serendipitous moment, the Illinois state legislature recently passed legislation to create an aligned P-20 system that will support competency-based…

Toolkit Tuesday: Ecosystem Mapping

We’re suckers for a good ecosystem map. They are a wonderful tool that allows us to understand people’s experiences in the context of…


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If you’re grappling with a key education challenge, considering the design of a new experience or model, or just want to talk shop, give us a call or drop Chris a note.