We had the good fortune of connecting with Katharine Hargreaves and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katharine, what’s your definition for success?
To me, success is operating in alignment with my values and living accordingly.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a Culture Alchemist that designs transformational games and consciousness technologies for organizations that want to become evolutionary. I run a culture lab, which is essentially an experimental playground for companies and communities who are prototyping new cultural frameworks, systems, and rituals. A few years ago, this endeavor probably would have seemed ludicrous but now I’m right on time. Our world is in a massive transition, and everyone is re-thinking their strategy from the ground up. I like to think of it as designing a whole new operating system for ourselves as a people and a planet, and we’re in the hard reboot stage. Most of my career has been spent teaching people how to innovate and embrace continuous change, so I’m excited by the opportunities of this next chapter, even if it feels turbulent now. My trainings, workshops, and games support people in periods of transition who realize the old ways don’t work and want to become more flexible, resilient, resourceful, agile, and innovative in their practices. These are the most important skills of the future, and they are universal in their application. I like to make this training process more of an adventure than most – which is truly the thing I’m most excited about in my business. I have given myself the freedom to be exactly who I am and run my business in a way that feels invigorating for me and my clients. My work has reached a point where it is consistently generating new ideas, opportunities, and resources for me to pull from. I love to share this genius with other people, so we can all thrive together.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am deep in hermit mode at the moment (as are most people in quarantine) but some of my favorite spots in LA are: Nic’s on Beverly is absolutely exquisite vegan tapas. Their vegan brie is absurdly good. Bibo Ergo Sum is one of the most gorgeous bars in the city and it’s never crowded. A secret gem on the west side. Grand Central Market is my first destination for any visiting friends. It’s great people watching and you’ll eat everything. The Silver Lake Meadow is a cutty spot right on the reservoir where I used to hang out and picnic in the summer. Get snacks and to-go iced coffee at the 365 down the street. Fryman Canyon off Mulholland Drive is hands down the best hike in the city. Never crowded. If you hike long enough, you’ll get to the rainforest in the bottom of the canyon. Driving up the 1 to Zuma Beach for sunset is always epic. Make sure to get fresh fish at Malibu seafoods on your way up. Hidden Treasures Vintage in Topanga if you’re looking for an outfit that will turn heads.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this Shoutout to my friend and collaborator Chelsea Dega-Hassler. She’s always inspired me with her incredible work ethic, relentless optimism, and empowered action. She just launched an adaptogenic coffee company that fights climate change this year, so I’m pretty proud of her and the work she’s doing in the world. https://www.inlands.co/