Holly Truitt Consulting is in the business of helping institutions, community, and YOU co-design a better world. Take a moment. Explore a few of our projects.
Co-created Missoula Public Library
Just awarded Public Library of the Year by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Holly led the integration of collective Nordic practices and design into this project – the first of its kind in the nation. She currently leads the development of a vibrant healthscience-learning ecosystem that is one component of the complex.
Design Your Life Labs + Deck
Holly and Elysa Fennenbock, formerly of Google, are creating a design for life + innovation deck to complement their labs. Rooted in co-creation and design-thinking, the deck’s concepts are intentionally bite-sized so that the average person can make transformative change in their life, work and community. Holly and Elysa have used the cards in their design labs for Stanford d.school, HATCH, the ILLC international leadership network, and women’s innovation spaces and festivals like AUDpop’s annual innovation festival.
Holly was the lead project director on the national leadership grant that helped enable EmPower Place to become a reality. The project embeds a learning center that is one part library, one part science museum, and one part meal program into Missoula’s popular Food Bank and Community Center. For its impact, it was recently awarded a prestigious Association of Science Technology Centers Edgy award for community and visitor engagement.
Holly designed this community festival and design labs to further a vibrant innovation ecosystem in a mid-size city. She grew its impact over the course of three years from celebration and learning to a vibrant space for community co-design where an innovation corridor was born.
AudFest Film and Innovation Festival
Holly co-designed the innovation track to spotlight women innovators in the 406 and beyond. More than 32 presenters, including Holly herself, explored topics that ranged from gender equity in higher education, to attracting talent to Montana, to women and venture capital.
SciNation on the Flathead Reservation
SciNation is an award-winning collective on the Flathead Reservation that is committed to building a homegrown Native STEM workforce on the Flathead Reservation. It was launched as part of Holly’s fellowship with the Noyce Foundation. Pictured here is the firm’s talented Bill Swaney, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. Bill is a leader in tribal design for transformation.
spectrUM Discovery Area
As the founding director of spectrUM, Holly used her published approach to community co-creation to put spectrUM on the map as a powerful catalyst of change for Montana’s next generation and as a national leader. From this commitment to community relationships, co-creation, and always being necessary and never nice, spectrUM became a vital community anchor, a regular recipient of federal and private foundation funding, and received numerous national accolades, as well as, most importantly, impacted the lives of tens of thousands of children and their communities annually.