In late 2014, I won an Innovation Incubator research grant from my firm, Perkins+Will, for my
proposal to explore strategies to galvanize the Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI), which was a corporate initiative that involved two missions: to donate 1% of annual billable hours to pro bono design projects, and to engage the local communities via service projects.
My research project first focused on innovating and energizing the SRI practice. Not all twenty-two office locations were fully engaged in SRI, so I saw an opportunity to galvanize the initiative and design a central source for knowledge and information. I knew some SRI office leaders had valuable knowledge and experience to share, and the challenge was to get that expertise to all corners of Perkins+Will.
My approach to this project involved studying topics about philanthropy in business and conducting primary research with every SRI office leader and other external architectural professionals with passions for social purpose. I captured those lessons learned, collective advice, and best practices into a guide titled “The SRI Mentor.” All twenty-two offices responded positively to the guide, but those who found it most helpful were new Perkins+Will acquisitions and locations who recently experienced a transition in SRI leadership. For them, “The SRI Mentor” provided a roadmap for establishing their SRI infrastructure and for motivating their office’s engagement in the initiative.
Click here for the complete SRI Mentor.
November 2014 – March 2015.
Project independently developed at Perkins+Will.
Graphics designed in collaboration with Christa Wood.