Katharine Hargreaves

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Katharine Hargreaves

Design Strategist, Founder of ARKO, Director of Community @ CoCreate

Arts District, LA

www.k-o-r-e.com

medium @designjedi
instagram @newerapony
Pinterest @freshconceptual

 

What do you do?

I am a designer, educator, strategist, and coach working at the intersection of consciousness, community, technology, and tomorrow.

My work practice spans UX design, facilitation, curriculum design, coaching, and strategic consulting. I use all these avenues to explore how new futures are envisioned, embodied and built from the ground up. My fav ways to play: ecosystems, activations, adventures, and experiences.
 

Give us an example of how you do your job like a BOSS. 

I'm all about real talk. To me, that means navigating the more challenging conversations and situations that arise with honesty, empathy, and openness.  Developing collective solutions takes a lot of patience, negotiation, and humility. Learning how to communicate and actually listen to your audience is not an easy task for a lot of people but for me it is a critical practice. It's important to me to practice what I preach and to bring others into that process. 
 

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For other people in your field, what do they usually lack?

Adventure. My current job is one that didn't exist 20 years ago. I've never been interested in a traditional career path and this has led me to define my own opportunities. I've always been an explorer. I have always been drawn to chaos in some form and the edge of our comfort zone is where things start to get interesting. Innovation - a driving trend in my industry - starts with stepping outside your perspective and seeing things from another angle. It really can be that simple but is hard to do without an adventure mindset. You must be willing to leave your familiar world behind.
 

If you have multiple jobs and/or skills, which one do you wish you could do more often?

I wish I could do more of what I'm already doing (building immersive experiences) with more people. Which is challenging, because I can't yet clone myself.  
 

What are you working on right now?

I like to have several projects going to keep me at max creative wizard status. The first is Arko, a community incubator + social club for modern humans. We produce immersive experiences, adventures, and activations that catalyze connection for people who live and learn outside the box.

The second is CoCreate, a virtual studio that partners creative teams with high-profile clients. We believe that remote working is the future of work and want to make it easy for both clients and creatives to do good work - anywhere in the world. 

The third is my boutique hat line for sensual zaddies

 

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What is frustrating you right now? 

I can be an impatient person when it comes to the process. I remind myself daily that good projects take time to test, iterate, and build. 
 

What are you putting off right now, but you know you have to get to, but you haven’t had the time?

Research synthesis. Financial planning. Pitch decks. And a million half-written Medium articles.
 

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If you could hire someone for $20/hour, what would you have them do to make your day easier?

Coffee runs and back rubs.
 

What are all the tools (digital or physical) you use on a regular basis?

MacBook and mouse. 
 

If you could talk to an expert to gain more insight on something, what would it be about? Give us a name so that we can reach out to them! :)

The ins-and-outs of working internationally. Purchasing land and abandoned motels.
 

What kind of opportunities/projects are you looking for?

I'm always on the lookout for projects and partnerships that activate community, facilitate interactive earning, and conceptualize creative solutions from the bottom up. I am also very seriously seeking people with dope yachts. 
 

Describe your ideal client/job/collaboration. Or describe a really positive past experience.

The best experience is one where each person respects the value of what the other is bringing to the table. 

Ideal collabs and clients allow me the creativity, freedom and time to develop system-level solutions, not surface improvements. 
 

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What are your deal breakers? When do you say “no” or quit.

I don't work with drama, period. 

I'm also not interested in working with people who already know the answer and are just looking for someone to implement it. 

People who don't like GIFs.

 

What is your hourly rate? 


That varies depending on what my role is in a project.  
 

How should someone approach you about working with you?

Drop me a line and say hi: katharine.hargreaves@gmail.com


This member profile was originally published on July 2015, Updated April 2018.