Looking back, so much has changed.
The iPhone was a couple of years old.
Facebook was two years away from going public.
The 960 Grid System was the standard for website creation.
SEO was inserting keywords into footers of websites.
Wordpress vs. ExpressionEngine.
The preferred browser wars were very real (RIP Internet Explorer).
The websites created with Flash were mind-blowing.
Responsive design was a continuous debate (i.e. I vividly remember our early clients believing no one would look at a website on their phone).
Social media was largely expressed sentence fragments random activities, and photography of food.
Teehan+Lax (later acqui-hired by Facebook) was a thriving digital agency challenging my ideas about everything a browser window might be for people and organizations.
The standards for eCommerce were just beginning (Shopify was a few years old).
Some might call it Web 2.0 but for myself and my co-founder, Taylor Jones, it felt magical to see our ideas expressed within a browser window.
A decade later, it still feels magical.
But what we didn’t know in the early days of Whiteboard were terms like cell phone addiction, dark patterns, social media-induced depression, dopamine-fueled algorithms, and endless exploitative digital tactics that invite us to engage them on a daily basis.
Countless studies and commentary amplify a truth we often forget: the internet is the most powerful force of societal influence.
It is within this tension that I hold four unwavering beliefs:
agency is a word that’s been hijacked by billable hours, annual renewals, one-size-fits-all frameworks, and mythical “easy” buttons. Agency is full of nuance (especially for creatives), but I believe it’s best expressed as a verb and always advocates for the best in others.
that wrestling with the tensions of our digital age is one of the healthiest practices we can engage in. The moments when I’m not intentional with my time and resources are when the internet’s powers succumb my ability to ward off distraction, anxiety, and hopelessness.
the only way to shape the future is to understand the lessons from the past. Continual agency requires continual revision. The internet that exists today was not the internet expressed less than a decade ago (RIP AOL, Vine, MySpace, Google Glass, Rdio, Quibi) and will certainly look different over the next thirty years (ChatGPT, AI, Web3, NFTs, DAOS, DeFi, and cryptocurrency).
the future belongs to the optimists—people with cultured and vibrant imaginations and the fortitude to bring ideas to life.
My aspiration for the future of Whiteboard is the same as it was in 2010: I want everyone at Whiteboard to find their calling and feel like they're working with friends, enjoying their lives, and doing work that they feel they were meant to do.
If there's one absolute truth I've learned about leading a venture, it's this: leading an organization is a continual edit. It's a truth that inspired this retrospective.
In creating this AGENCY REPORT my aim is to:
Invite you into our agency journey.
Define and highlight our evolving impact.
Showcase the breadth of our work around the world.
Define why, what, and how our agency creates.
Clearly communicate our vision for a brighter future.
As creatives, it is our job to reconcile the truest truth about the work we do on behalf of others, their missions in the world, and the audiences they serve.
It can seem obvious on the surface, and we have often taken that for granted. But as we dig deeper, it becomes apparent that everyone has a different definition of “meaningful.” What is meaningful to you may not be meaningful to someone else. In extreme cases, what some people find meaningful can even be harmful to others. So much tension and judgment can surface when people don’t share a common definition of “meaningful.” One only needs to read a few of the latest news headlines or social posts to confirm that truth.
So what constitutes meaningfulness? How can we help visionaries build meaning-driven organizations if we don’t share a common definition of meaningful?
At Whiteboard, we believe the world we live in is not yet what it ought to be, and the most meaningful work is on the pathway toward that reconciliation. And we believe that what ought to be centered on advancing the common good—is holistic human flourishing.
Simply put, we long for a Brighter Future where…
Peace replaces anxiety.
Curiosity replaces cynicism.
Creativity replaces consumerism.
Authenticity replaces vanity.
Empathy replaces bias.
Intention replaces distraction.
Community replaces isolation.
Generosity replaces greed.
Intimacy replaces exploitation.
Roundtables replaces rants.
Unity replaces polarization.
Hope replaces depression.
Truth replaces lies.
Life replaces death.
The epicenter of these tensions is human relationships. And we all know that relationships are the most complex, nuanced aspect of our humanity. In relationships we can find difficulty; but we can also find connection, healing, and hope. The only way to build a Brighter Future is together—by empowering one another to engage these tensions through a common lens.
So we developed a set of simple design principles we believe are essential to building a Brighter Future, together.
The first and most primal foundation to a Brighter Future is belief in one another. Not in ideologies, causes, or brands, but belief that there is good inside every human being.
The second foundation to a Brighter Future is stewardship—where we recognize our collective existence is dependent on one another. We as individuals did not create most of what we have, find joy in, or rely on. Through stewardship, we invert the notion that we as individuals own everything and recognize our actions impact one another. We become stewards of the good in one another, rather than only working to advance the good in ourselves.
The third foundation to a Brighter Future is generosity—where we must contribute our own resources, both tangible and intangible, to advance human flourishing. It is through our personal contribution that a Brighter Future is catalyzed.
The Traps of Advancing a Brighter Future
We believe that the intersection of Belief, Stewardship, and Generosity is where efforts to build a Brighter Future are found. Without a balance of these three critical components, unintentional consequences—what we call "traps"—manifest that are destructive to our collective future:
If we believe strongly enough in others to contribute our own resources to their advancement but are unwilling to bring other perspectives into the collective work, we may be guilty of advancing a limited, self-reinforcing view of a Brighter Future that is harmful to others. Belief and generosity without stewardship fails to deliver the accountability necessary to keep our work centered, and we risk an arrogant perspective that our view of the future alone is sufficient. We call this Advocacy without Accountability.
If we are willing to commit our resources to help others but not the courage to express our belief in them, we risk the second trap—Progress without Purpose. This occurs when individuals (or organizations) are afraid that expressing belief in something will somehow harm their capacity, limit their influence, or rob them of their resources. Often, people caught in this trap lack a sense of purpose.
A good friend once reminded me, “Your values aren’t your values unless they cost you something.” Thanks, Bill Bernbach.
When we we are willing to help steward the resources of others and have the courage to express our belief in the goodness in every person, but we are unwilling to contribute our own resources to the work, we risk the third trap—Capacity without Commitment. Simply put, it means we have no risk–no skin in the game–and without our own resources on the line, we are much more likely to abandon the work before a Brighter Future is actually realized.
The Brightest Future can only be realized when we as individuals believe there is good in every person, recognize our collective impact on and therefore responsibility to one another, and commit our own resources to advancing others. By holding the foundations in balance—belief, stewardship, and generosity—we can engage every challenge and decision thoughtfully and intentionally, trusting that our decisions will lead to a Brighter Future where human flourishing is maximized.
The hope of a Brighter Future is the essence of meaningfulness in our mission at Whiteboard. We empower visionaries to lead meaningful brands—visionaries committed to a future of human flourishing—where belief, generosity, and stewardship are the guiding principles of our life and work.
This simple design system empowers us to engage the complexity we all encounter in daily life and foster a Brighter Future, together.
The work of advancing a Brighter Future requires us to believe in the good within others, to recognize our responsibility in how our actions impact others, and to contribute our own resources to the advancement of others.
We believe the responsibility to and work of advancing others is best summed up in one word–agency.
Simply put, agency is the capacity to act on behalf of someone or something else, and an agent is a person or thing that acts in that capacity.
As humans, our very existence is inherently relational and interconnected. We are all agents of someone or something else, and we must engage the individual and collective components of our agency to bring about the brightest, most hopeful future.
Unfortunately, agency is a word not always known for delivering bright outcomes. It can often be associated with burnout, egos, exploitation, purposelessness and other dark patterns. Agency is so much more than Madison Avenue, Super Bowl ads, and various industry brokerages. But it can only be more—and can lead to a Brighter Future—if considered and engaged with intentionality.
Whiteboard was founded as an agency because our mission—to empower visionaries to lead meaningful brands—is fundamentally an orientation of agency. And through that work with more than 400 clients over the past decade, we’ve uncovered a simple rubric to ensure we leverage our agency capacity to build a Brighter Future.
If you plot these two spectrums on a simple two-by-two, some interesting insights surface:
At the extremes of these two tensions are the cornerstones of true agency: ambition, advocacy, purpose, and expertise.
While agency is ultimately the work of advancing others, we cannot effectively do that, especially for more than short bursts of time, without tending to our own human needs as part of the work. We must remain physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy in order to meaningfully advance others. Simply put, you must put your oxygen mask on before helping your fellow passenger, but you don’t take the whole oxygen bottle for yourself. But if we over-focus on our own self-health without engaging others, our capacity for empathy diminishes, and we become alienated from those we have a responsibility to advance.
To be effective agents, we must willfully submit to the mission of those we seek to advance (and in turn, we must take the time to define and understand that mission). But without a level of mastery of one or more skills, it is impossible to contribute to the advancement of any mission. Conversely, if our focus is too heavily weighted on developing our own mastery, we lose touch with the mission of others and may end up with powerful talents that are irrelevant to advancing others within our purview.
As an agent, it doesn’t take a long time to realize that agency is frequently difficult. We believe the difficulty is because the work of a true agent is not linear—it’s not defined as a set of ordered steps to a successful outcome. It’s not “up and to the right.” Rather, true agency is about constantly maintaining balance between these tensions.
True Agency can only manifest when mission, advocacy, mastery, and ambition are held in balance.
If we fail to hold these tensions in balance, we can end up in what we believe are the Four Temptations of True Agency, found in the four extreme corners of the True Agency Axis:
When we focus so much on others that we forget about self care OR when we focus so much on the mission that we ignore our capabilities, we become ineffective. Without the requisite skills and physical, emotional, and mental stamina, we can’t successfully advance the work of others. Ineffectiveness is found at the extremes of mission (purpose) and others (advocacy).
Likewise, when we focus extremely on others OR on mastering the skills we think are necessary to help them, it’s hard to remain focused on the collective mission and the state of our own health. This leads us to burnout, where we feel like we’re drowning in people who need our help and that we’re working as hard as we can, all of the time, but with no rest or north star. Burnout is encountered at the extremes of others (advocacy) and mastery (expertise).
When our energy becomes solely focused on our own personal ambition and the development of our own mastery, we lose sight of both the collective mission and the needs of others—we wake up one day and realize we feel isolated. Paddling the boat alone. And that’s because we are. We’ve left our connection to others and our common purpose behind.
And finally, when we are completely enamored with the mission at hand, but we have virtually no skills to offer to advance the mission, we arrive at vanity. Here, there are often ample metrics but very little movement. This is where celebrity- and cancel-culture thrive, but where true agency goes to die.
We cannot build a Brighter Future without a healthy understanding of the individual and collective aspects of our agency. We believe that by using the True Agency Axis as our lens, we can keep ourselves and our company centered and more rapidly advance a Brighter Future... without leaving a wake of cultural debt that those after us will have to pay back.
Global collaboration to advance good? Or global invasion and exploitation of human privacy?
Global human connectedness? Or an epidemic of loneliness, anxiety, & depression?
Assistance to make informed, good decisions or algorithmic bias on a global scale?
Elimination of geographic and cultural boundaries? Or sensationalism and hate?
What was invented as a pathway to collaborate on what could be humanity’s greatest achievements has empowered some of the darkest and most destructive patterns in history.
But what if the internet was stewarded to be more than pictures of what your friends had for dinner last night? More than the unrealistic facade “influencers” want people to believe? More than out-of-context soundbites or headlines of political disunity?
More than the darkness much of it has become?"
From the time we were 10 years old, we were captivated by the promise of the internet—first as a tool for understanding the world, and as we got older, as a tool for making the world better.
We are all familiar with stories of how the internet can expose the worst of our human nature. But after working with more than 400 clients across 10 years — we believe more than ever that when the internet is engaged with redemptive purpose, it offers unprecedented capacity to facilitate positive cultural change.
Whether for new startups that need to bring their ideas to life or for mature organizations in need of digital transformation, we help leaders navigate and execute across the complex digital landscape.
Blake Canterbury and the team at Purposity are working towards a brighter future where every need is met in every community.
Kevin Scott and the team at ADDO are working towards a brighter future where high school students make an extraordinary positive impact in their local communities through Chick-fil-A Leader Academy.
Marija Zivanovic-Smith and the team at IEX are working towards a brighter future that brings transparency and integrity to financial markets.
Alexander Mclean and the Justice Defenders team is working towards a brighter future where everyone deserves a fair hearing.
Stephen Kump and the Charityvest team is working towards a brighter future where everyone unlocks the impact of a personal giving account.
Heath & Joey
Heath Wilson, Joey Odom, and the team at Aro are working towards a brighter future where families can experience life, uninterrupted.
Laila Mickelwait and the team at Justice Defense Fund is working towards a brighter future where justice is brought to survivors of sex trafficking and child sexual abuse.
Jason, Steve, Malcolm, & Morgan
Jason Provonsha, Steve Cox, Malcolm Harris, and the team at Steam Logistics are working towards a brighter future when the exploitative practice of non-compete agreements finally ends.
Jessica Kim and her team at ianacare are on a mission to encourage, empower, and equip family caregivers with practical with practical tools and supportive communities, so no caregiver does this alone.
This is your invitation to join us in our work to create a brighter future.
To make your work meaningful.
Whether you need help driving engagement for your existing organization or product, you need to develop solutions to big challenges you’re currently facing, or you have an idea for a product or platform, we’d love to talk to you.
How and what we invest in our team, their families, and the communities we hold offices within
What we create and how it advances the missions of our clients and partners
OUR COMPANY CHARTER
First, we are a people company.
We believe that engaging others with empathy, kindness, and generosity is the foundation for a meaningful future marked by human flourishing. Great work starts with and revolves around people, and people matter.
Second, we are a creative company.
We believe the future belongs to the optimists—people with cultured and vibrant imaginations and the fortitude to bring ideas to life. The evidence of creativity is the launching of great ideas, and we work to launch ideas that brighten our future.
Third, we are a technology company.
We believe technology enables us to scale our efforts, so when we combine purpose-driven people, meaningful creativity, and inspired technology, we can facilitate widespread redemptive cultural change.
At Whiteboard, we help leaders create and cultivate digital experiences that advance their vision for a brighter future.
In the disciplines of philosophy, economics, and political science, the common good refers to what is shared and beneficial for all or most members of a given community. It is most often achieved by creative citizenship, collective action, and active participation in society.
At Whiteboard, "for a brighter future" is how we express the common good.
“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”
Through our work, we leverage the internet to scale meaningful ideas and create tangible outcomes for the organizations we serve.
We help leaders navigate the complex digital landscape across all facets of the internet—websites, apps, branding, marketing automation, advertising, content, and more—our team helps organizations lead digital transformation, end-to-end.
We measure our success as a company by how well we achieve our mission, not only by the size of our profits. Our work is concentrated on how people experience brands, ideas, and products on the internet.
In the attention economy, we believe that time spent is the most precious resource. Our goal is to steward attention spans toward ideas that incite positive outcomes in the world. We are committed to serving founders and ideas that result in time well spent.
We believe the common good expands beyond the social sector and believe it can be expressed in a variety of sectors and operating models.
How our clients and our team
co-create solutions to address organizational problems, societal challenges and target audiences.
Actions taken by our clients and our team co-laboring together to achieve a common objective.
Consistent and simultaneous engagement of all stakeholders–our clients and our team–as we learn, think, study, imagine, visualize, and create solutions together.
We help leaders create brands, platforms, and campaigns that create positive outcomes in our world.
Whiteboard will create tools and resources that help people navigate the complex digital landscape, explore philosophies about the importance of creative work, and pursue strong points-of-view about the industry we serve within.
We care for the health our team, our clients, and our industry.
We engage beyond our walls with the greater issues affecting the cities we call home.
Whiteboard was birthed from a passion to serve courageous people and bold ideas. We work with a multitude of social ventures and understand the tension of delivering bold, world-changing ideas amidst budget constraints. Our passion, pressed by this tension, gave birth to the Brighter Future Fund.
Whiteboard's Brighter Future Fund aims is to build stronger communities by investing resources to create platforms at the intersection of social entrepreneurship, technology, and education. It’s not charity, but it is our method to leverage our profits on purpose. Our way of giving back. We fulfill this mission through five specific initiatives:
We sponsor education because education changes everything.
We leverage technology to do good through in-kind services.
We do one pro-bono project a year for a local nonprofit in one of our office locations.
We provide paid volunteer hours for all Whiteboard employees.
We match donations made by employees to non-profit organizations through Charityvest.
Every year, Whiteboard partners with at least one local 501(c)3 organization in each of the cities it holds an office to provide pro-bono services and consulting.
Whiteboard has established a Change Committee designed to lead and implement our anti-racism strategy across the agency.
When clients choose to work with Whiteboard, a portion of your investment is used to lend a helping hand.
Whiteboard invests in our team. We provide mentoring and educational stipends for all team members.
Whiteboard builds digital products and experiences that create opportunities for leadership and community development.
Whiteboard provides team members with competitive benefits, education stipends, health and wellness programs, and counseling services to enhance personal growth.
Whiteboard reports on team and leadership demographics, finances, programs and strategies employed to build a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization.
Work that focuses on stewardship of our society and our planet in the pursuit of profit. We believe in the power of a competitive marketplace that incentivizes innovation and creativity, and that business should mandate a positive impact in the world.
Health and Wellness
Work where the primary objective of the organization is to research and make possible ways for people to live a healthy and fulfilling life; serving areas of physical, mental, and social well-being.
Work that advances a new paradigm in education, whether in the physical classroom or the digital one. The technological revolution has forever transformed our society, and we believe a new approach to education is required develop students that can make meaningful contributions to this new society.
Science & Emerging Tech
Work aimed at discovering and developing new technological and scientific frontiers.
Work where the primary objective of the organization is to alter humanity for the better; saving lives, alleviating suffering, and maintaining human dignity for all.
Work that serves a movement of believers who have found new standards for how to treat one another, serve one another, and even forgive one another in ways that run counter to the world.
Pnohm Penh, Cambodia
From Southeast Tennessee to Southeast Asia, the goal of the Build A City project was to rebuild a community that had lost everything–to give people new homes, new roads, new jobs, and new hopes.
We traveled to Pnohm Penh, Cambodia to piece together the brand narrative and creative alongside the talented filmmakers at Between Pixels. When the project was completed, Build A City provided over 900 families a place to call home by May 2015.
Legacybox is the largest and most trusted memory digitizing company in the world. Our work with their founders, Adam Boeselager and Nick Macco, began when their team was digitizing a few hundred items a week. But today, their team preserves over 700,000 priceless memories a week.
In many ways, the work we did alongside the Legacybox team was foundational in how think about building brand experiences online.
Serving Orphans Worldwide (SOW) exists to rescue, train, and sustain struggling children's homes around the globe. Their work supports over 6,000 children across 60 children's homes in 29 countries.
In 2013, Whiteboard had the opportunity to bring the Serving Orphans Worldwide brand to life and create multiple digital marketing campaigns to support their work.
One highlight in working with SOW was connecting their team to the filmmakers of Blood Brother, a documentary that won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance in 2013. The campaign we helped create served as a precursor for the feature length documentary called, Almost Holy, a film about Gennadiy Mohknenko, a Ukrainian pastor who fights against child homelessness. His tough love approach has made him a hero to some and a lawless vigilante to others. The documentary debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015.
Established in 2012, The Bitcoin Foundation engages governments around the world in open dialogs regarding the benefits of Bitcoin, assists in providing information for pro-Bitcoin legislation, and actively advocates for the prevention of negative regulation. It is the longest established Bitcoin advocacy organization in the world.
Whiteboard was selected to lead a global rebrand of the foundation. As a whole, the logo represented two "blocks" or "bits" in an extensible system, and shows how they can come together to form something greater than the sum of their parts.
WinShape was established in 1984 by Truett Cathy and his wife, Jeannette, as a way to invest in college students and shape winners—thus, the name “WinShape.” Over time, the organization added other ministries to its portfolio to serve more demographics—children, marriages, work teams, foster families and more.
Our team has had the honor of serving WinShape for nearly a decade across their portfolio of initiatives.
Everywhere around us, we see people in need. We also see people who want to help others but don’t know how. Purposity helps connect those dots through the power of technology.
School systems and non-profits in local communities let us know needs in your area. Purposity spreads the word to individuals near them who are willing to help. They click a link, see the need, and make a difference for someone near them. It’s easy. It’s simple, and it takes just a few clicks to make a difference in someone’s life.
Our team has had the honor of serving Purposity since the very beginning. We designed the brand, created the MVP and Version 1.0 of the app, and continue to steward Purposity's growth through marketing campaign creation and implementation. A milestone moment for us was watching Purposity's founder, Blake Canterbury, tell The TODAY Show's Sheinelle Jones how the app is connecting communities so neighbors can see needs and fulfill them.
New York, New York
Praxis Labs is a venture-building ecosystem with a redemptive imagination, supporting founders, funders, and innovators motivated by their faith to address the major issues of our time.
Redemptive entrepreneurship is not merely a theory; it’s an advancing reality, embodied in a global community of practice, building and funding ventures that make a significant mark in dozens of sectors and countries.
Our team has had the honor of serving Praxis Labs through a variety of initiatives over the years.
The mission of the Tennessee Aquarium is to connect people with nature and empower them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife. Within their two buildings, you’ll trace the path of water from the mountains to the sea. Come face-to-face with the fascinating native animals that live in our backyards and the amazing creatures that thrive in some of the most remote locations on Earth.
It's been pure joy for our team to serve alongside the team at the Tennessee Aquarium over the years.
Menlo Park, California
Throughout history, transportation has been a powerful catalyst for cultural, political, and technological change. In the past century alone, we’ve seen countless examples of radical social progress accompanied by quantum leaps in ground and air transportation technologies, and that joint evolution of society and technology continues today. There is little doubt that the century ahead will introduce revolutionary new modes of transport, and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ranks among the most promising.
Our team had the opportunity work with Airbus's policy team to name, brand, and create the digital experience for Headway, a 5-year policy framework for Urban Air Mobility. Shoutout to the legendary team at Fern for illustrating scenes that will someday be our new normal.
Founded in 2007 as African Prisons Project, Justice Defenders is a registered UK charity and US nonprofit with nearly 350 people working across three African countries.
Some of us are free and some imprisoned. Some are poor in spirit and some just poor. We find value in serving others and showing mercy. We’re people who have fallen from the law and been captured by grace. Given our histories, we know that without grace, we are nothing.
Our team had the honor of working alongside Mighty Ally to bring Justice Defenders new brand and website. The new brand launched just in time for Anderson Cooper to tell Justice Defenders story on 60-Minutes.
It’s no secret that screen time is one of the biggest issues facing families today. Aro leverages the science of habit formation and motivational design to ensure parents and kids don't miss out on what's most important by helping reclaim time spent on their phones.
Our team worked with Aro's founders, Heath Wilson and Joey Odom, to create the brand, digital experience, app design, and more with the goal of helping families live life, uninterrupted.
New York, New York
TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
Our team has served TED by leveraging Webflow to design and build digital experiences for TED Conferences, TED Countdown, and the Audacious Project.
Whiteboard creates momentum for your organization by holistically integrating your brand, website, and marketing campaigns.
Any brand will fall short without a strong platform and effective activation.
That’s why our team is structured to lead you through a process to maximize all three areas.
The Brand Studio at Whiteboard helps leaders and organizations clarify their vision and make it a reality.
The Web Studio at Whiteboard helps leaders and organizations plan, craft, and build worthwhile digital experiences.
The Growth Studio at Whiteboard helps leaders and organizations identify the appropriate pathways from current reality to desired results.
A digital publication by Whiteboard helping leaders navigate the hidden tensions of our digital age.
Whiteboard's Understudy Program is designed to accomplish two things:
1. Empower career transition by paying people—instead of charging them—to learn new skills.
2. Accelerate career trajectory for new creatives by paying them to learn and embedding them in the heart of real projects.
As an organization committed to restoration through sacrifice, we have a moral, ethical, and operational imperative to work against the evil of racism.
Whiteboard Sessions is a collection of resources purposed to cultivate wisdom, character, and courage in the way we navigate the World Wide Web.
The Brighter Future Fund builds stronger communities by investing resources and creating platforms at the intersection of social entrepreneurship, technology, and education.
It’s not passive charity—it’s our strategic approach to leveraging our talents and profits on purpose. We believe it’s the best way we can give back.
Black Innovation Alliance
THE IEX GROUP
BUILD ME A WORLD
CRESCENT RIDGE PARNTERS
INVESTOR, ADVISOR & FORMER CEO, REEBOK
We believe The War of Art is required reading for all creatives. There's no doubt that we all face "resistance" in our lives and in our work. In this book, Steven Pressfield teaches us how to understand the enemy that all creatives face and maps how to overcome it. This book was catalytic in the early days of Whiteboard and continues to be a resource we anchor our work to.
The idea is simple: You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor―avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy―you can be kind and clear at the same time. This framework has helped us in navigating feedback loops between our team and our clients.
This Playbook is for founders, funders, and teams building businesses that seek to operate not only ethically but even redemptively—with deep interest in their cultural impact, generous care for their teams and partners, and leadership marked by uncommonly humble ambition. Praxis' work on defining what a redemptive venture is has been formative in our work at Whiteboard.
The Diversity Gap is a leadership framework to institute clear and intentional actions throughout your organization so that people of all racial backgrounds are empowered to lead, collaborate, and excel at work. This is one of the most important books we've read.
The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." As creative agents, part of our job is to help our clients navigate the plethora of obstacles in front of them.
There's no shortage of books talking about the importance of story, and for good reason. Effective storytelling is an important tool for your organization. But Storytelling is not enough. If you want an organization that creates long-term positive impact, then you need more than clever stories. You need to create meaning through narrative. This book has served a staple in our brand-building work.
We're in the midst of a startup revolution, with new brands popping up every day, taking over our Instagram feeds and vying for our affection. Every category is up for grabs, and traditional brands are seeing their businesses erode as hundreds of small companies encroach on their territory, each hoping to become the next runaway success. But it's not enough to have a great idea, or a cool logo. We love this principle, "Remember: You should stand for one idea, but you can and must express that idea in many different ways. With all the places a brand needs to appear today, you have to bend and flex to keep things interesting."
Aaron Dignan says you can’t fix a team, department, or organization by tinkering around the edges. Over the years, he has helped his clients completely reinvent their operating systems—the fundamental principles and practices that shape their culture—with extraordinary success. And through this book—Aaron has tremendously helped our team.
In “pulverizing, educational, and inspirational” essays, Chad dives into his formative experiences to see if they might offer the possibility of discovering or honing this skill. He tests his theory by interviewing Black leaders across industries to get their take on Black Magic. The result is a revelatory and essential book. Black Magic explores Black experiences in predominantly white environments and demonstrates the risks of self-betrayal and the value of being yourself. This book is a pillar in our anti-racism work.
Is it possible to work with purpose, stay in love, and raise a healthy family--all at the same time? At Whiteboard, this question has captivated our imagination as a team. Popular podcast hosts and founders of Plywood People Jeff and André Shinabarger share proven research, insightful practices, and stories from 100 working couples to cast new vision for the modern family. In this one-of-a-kind book, they address head-on the complex tensions in career fulfillment, working parent guilt, timing, and marital and spiritual health. With proven research, personal experience, and applicable insights, Jeff and André reveal the practices that will help you cultivate your own, individual, purpose-fueled family.
From a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios—the Academy Award–winning studio behind Coco, Inside Out, and Toy Story—comes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership.
Creativity, Inc. is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about creativity—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”
In our opinion, this might be the greatest book on the power of creativity in existence. A must-read.
joins Whiteboard as CMS STRATEGIST
Wins webflow award for meeting the moment
Joins Whiteboard as marketing strategist
New product aims to build better work force
Promoted to creative director
As a B-corp
Joins Whiteboard as a marketing strategist
Served in 2022
joins Whiteboard as CONTENT GENERALIST
NOMINATED FOR a WEBBY AWARD
Joins whiteboard as Senior Project Manager
Whiteboard launches fund to support non-profits
joinS Whiteboard as a JR. Designer
Launches D2C experiences in the metaverse
JOINS WHITEBOARD As HR & AP MANAGER
opens new HQ in Chattanooga, Tennessee
PROMOTED TO VP, CREATIVE OPS
MYCREDENTIAl LAUNCHES IN 7 SCHOOL DISTRICTS
JOINS WHITEBOARD AS SR. WEB DESIGNER
JOINS WHITEBOARD'S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM
TO LEAD SUPPORT As A SERVICE TEAM
WINS SITE OF THE DAY
JOINS WHITEBOARD As SR. WEBFLOW DEVELOPER
LAUNCHED ON WEBFLOW ENTERPRISE
LAUNCHEs A VENTURE STUDIO
OVER 100 COMPANIEs JOINED THE CAMPAIGN
SOMETHING NEw LAUNCHEs IN 2023
THE WEBBY AWARDS & WPENGINE FEATURE WHITEBOARD
COMING FALL 2023
LAUNCHED NEW WEBSITE
LAUNCHED FAN SITE FOR ATLANTA BRAVe MASCOT
LAUNCHED CAMPAIGN TO GIVE 5,000 GIFTs t0 families in need
LAUNCHED A NEW WEBSITE
DESIGNED A NEW WEBSITE
LAUNCHED AN ADOPTION ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN
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