Corey Chao

Strategic Designer

Corey is both dreamer and pragmatist. He uses storytelling and participatory methods to drive Reboot’s service design, facilitate alignment, and surface strategic opportunities to make a better world.

As a filmmaker and media advocate, Corey facilitated over 50 community-authored documentaries at Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, bolstered a fledgling neighborhood radio station, and helped develop a new visual studies program at Haverford College. He has researched and carried out dozens of multimedia projects focused on history and social change. His recent projects include a documentary about pilots-turned-environmental watchdogs and a calendar for US Customs agents featuring stories of US citizens who immigrated to Mexico.

Corey’s design practice focuses on distributing creative control to the diverse stakeholders and beneficiaries of social initiatives. To do so, he has partnered with nonprofits and government to facilitate transdisciplinary, community-led research and improve the ways civic organizations frame and address complex social problems. Most recently, Corey designed a new protocol for civic technologists at Code for Philly to learn from stakeholders with lived experience, and a game for climate change planners at the Regional Plan Association to better consult residents in the floodplain.

Corey studied Anthropology at Haverford College, where he also dabbled in visual ethnography and photography. Some still speak of the harmonica class he taught there. He earned an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design and has taught participatory design methods at the European Academy of Design, the Oxford Futures Forum, Tishman Environment and Design Center, and VergeNYC.