Design to
Build Leaders Community Resilience
Envisioning and Shaping Social Architecture
BLDRS Collective

BLDRS Collective

Building leaders to design a resilient society

We grow up recognizing our dependence on those who help us grow so we can each become independent and responsible for our own well-being.  Then, we discover the interdependence that is required to provide and sustain the quality of life of every living thing on this planet.

Understanding the limits on energy, matter and time, we commit to be wise stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to our care. We endeavour to work, to play and to live on this earth with love and respect for our creator, ourselves, our communities and our world.

The Collective

Social Architects and Creative Innovators

Stephen Bau

Founder & Designer


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Director of Engagement


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Director of Business Development


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Director of Visual Design


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Director of Technology


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Director of Photography


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Director of Strategy


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Director of Innovation

The Work of the People

Cross-Pollination and Collaboration: A Human-Centred Design Process


Getting the right frame on your design challenge will get you off on the right foot, organize how you think about your solution, and at moments of ambiguity, help clarify where you should push your design. Properly framed design challenges drive toward ultimate impact, allow for a variety of solutions, and take into account constraints and context.

Get organized, understand your strengths, and start identifying what you’ll need to come up with innovative solutions. Reflect on your timeline, the space you’ll work in, your staff, your budget, what skills you’ll need, trips you’ll take, and what you’ll likely need to produce.

Human-centered design works best with cross-disciplinary teams. You could put three business designers to work on a new social enterprise, but if you throw a graphic designer, a journalist, or an industrial designer into the mix, you’re going to bring new modes of thinking to your team.


Move from a handful of ideas and insights into a fully-fledged concept, one that you’ll refine and push forward. Don’t worry too much about all the details of your solution now—you don’t need a finely tuned funding strategy just yet. The goal is to get a robust, flexible Concept that addresses the problem you’re trying to solve.

Build your prototypes quickly, share them immediately, keep learning. Because prototypes are meant only to convey an idea—not to be perfect—you can quickly move through a variety of iterations, building on what you’ve learned from the people you’re designing for.

Let the feedback of the people you’re designing for guide the next iteration of your solution. Integrating their feedback into your work and then coming up with another prototype is the best way to refine your idea until it’s something that’s bound to be adopted and embraced.


During a Pilot you’ll fully execute on your idea finding out if it truly works the way you envisioned by running it with all the staff, space, and resources necessary. You’ll learn if your idea really is desirable, viable, and feasible, and what it might look like to do it at scale. If it’s a success, you’ll head to market.

Your goal has always been to have big impact. Design the ways that you’ll measure and grow it into your solution. Take a prototyping attitude to your measurement. You can always tweak your business model based on the information coming in to maximize your impact.

Can you tweak your communication strategy? Maybe you’ll need to evolve your revenue plans, or perhaps your distribution plan needs a tweak. By continuing to iterate, soliciting feedback, and building those learnings back into your solution you’ll get further and further toward having a huge impact.


Design for print, web and the human experience

Run for Water

BLDRS Collective is honoured to be working with the Run for Water team to build their new website.

In 2007 the founding board members of the Run for Water Society conceptualized a unique event to be hosted in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The vision was to stage a top tier internationally recognized running event that would attract a wide range of participants and athletes and, at the same time, raise awareness – and funds – for people in the developing world who lack one of life’s basic necessities – clean water. Since 2008, this volunteer board has staged an annual run which has grown to include a gala event, a race expo and extensive involvement with students who learn about what it means to become compassionate global citizens. All the funds raised – over $1,000,000 to date – go towards helping building clean water projects in some of the most remote and desolate areas of southern Ethiopia.

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Identity Design

Branding for sports, marketing, construction, architecture, technology, and social change.

Ideas at Work

Using digital networks and social physics as catalysts for good ideas

The Power of the Other

Using evidence from neuroscience and his work with leaders and high performers around the world, Dr. Cloud explains how the strongest leaders’ performance is either enhanced or diminished by key people around them. Get more from yourself in both leadership and life by learning the laws that govern The Power of the Other.