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We live at the intersections of design, innovation and storytelling.

We specialize in helping institutions, organizations, and networks explore and build deeply informed, game-changing opportunities that lead to more meaningful and sustainable futures. One step at a time.

We are known for identifying and translating keen research insights into pragmatic and opportunistic “know how” recommendations. Clients say they hire us to “forklift their thinking,” help them package and tell a powerful story, and provide emerging next practices that they can use today, for immediate effect.

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At the Helm

Christine Flanagan, President + Benevolent Troublemaker or @chrisflanagan

Inquisitive and an “intersectionalist” at heart, Chris guides our client development of new learning and engagement models that transcend the limits of our current system. A consummate creative executive with a keen voice for communications, Chris leads our teams in establishing vision and roadmaps that drive success for both organizations and the students they serve. Read more..



Leigh Anne Cappello, Chief Experience Officer

Leigh Anne knew she had found her place in life and work when she was asked to help lead a team of designers, engineers, technologists, and marketers to think about the Future of Play at Hasbro. With over 20 in the toy and game industry, Leigh Anne was a passionate student of play. To her, it’s what makes the world go round. She views play as a natural extension of curiosity and a critical component of innovation. Play equals experiment, try, fail and try again. From play, we grow. Read more…

Our Latest Troublemaking Posts

News, views and insights across the work and learn divide.

A Student View of Quality in Education

Dear Students of America, Did you know that there are 334,000+ unique credentials and 500,000+ programs in the U.S. alone? Your range…

We Need More Bridges

A call for action to help people, policies, and practices cross the chasm of inequity I distinctly remember asking my calculus teacher…

We’re Growing! A Warm Welcome to Our New Chief Experience Officer

“I can’t think of a more exciting role for me right now. I get to learn and be inspired by trailblazers in…

Design Out Bias. Design in Justice

METHODS TO ADVANCE NEW MESSAGING IN AN AGE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION Despite good intentions, unconscious bias permeates how we communicate…

Modern Advocacy in an Age of New Power

We’ve been doing a lot of work over the past few years supporting postsecondary advocates looking to effect policy changes for today’s…


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