Note: ARCHIVE SITE. Necessary Projects LLC began in 2009 and closed in 2013.

Necessary Projects is a think tank and innovation consultancy. We work with organizations and governments all over the world to identify shifting social needs and market trends, and then create the new products, services, and relationships that respond smartly to those shifts.

We focus on a category of challenges that are connected to changing global conditions, the rise of networked technology, and increasingly scarce economic and natural resources.

We work on both short-term interventions and long-term relationships.

Typical engagements include:
– retained advisement
– strategic advocacy and organizational design
– innovation workshops
– field research, concept design, prototyping

Please contact us for more detail and case studies describing our work.

Necessary Projects emerged as a new business from the Designers Accord, the global knowledge network created by Valerie Casey in 2007. Necessary Projects leverages the network of designers, business people, and academics to meet client challenges.

Necessary Projects is based in San Francisco, California, and we work globally through partnerships and alliances.

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