We are creative catalysts.
Since 2015, Civic Creatives has produced interactive events, tools, and services that foster the discovery, ideation, prototyping, and actualization of community-driven civic solutions.
Civic Creatives organizes experiences that help citizens more creatively engage and address social topics that matter to them.
To do our work, we harness “common cultural denominators” like storytelling, food, creativity, technology, and public space to help people connect with each other and reimagine their collective experiences. Our efforts aim to create social and environmental change that contributes positively to the well-being of citizens.
Our Origin Story
Civic Creatives was incorporated January 2015 as a strategic pivot from the non-profit design firm, Catalysts by Design, which was founded by current Principal, De Nichols, and partners, Cambrie Nelson and Emily Bornstein. Catalysts by Design was developed in 2013 through the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and accelerated with the support and investment of Points of Light Civic Accelerator and Clinton Foundation. During this time, it partnered with communities and social good organizations through its flagship initiatives, Design Serves and United Story, which used design and storytelling to help citizens problem-solve social challenges.
Upon forming as a for-profit, Civic Creatives, shifted into a social enterprise model to welcome organizations as partners and utilize generated revenue to fund social initiatives sparked by its team. The structure of Civic Creatives is comprised of a collective of activists, organizers, educators, facilitators, and creators who it deploys to help unlock social impact through its work. These leaders are called the Creative Catalysts, and they help unearth creative social change across thirteen American cities. Recent clients and project partners have included: Arch Grants, Great Rivers Greenway, Points of Light, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Red Bull, Regional Arts Commission, Sodexo, St. Louis Metro Market, StartingBloc, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, and Youth Service America.
Civic Creatives is building a community of changemakers committed to catalyzing creative approaches to civic progress. We call this network of awesome humans the Creative Catalysts, and it includes our team members as well as individual partners of collaborators of our work.