The Design for Change global movement was founded in 2009, by world renowned educator, Kiran Sethi. She started the movement with a conviction that if young people were empowered and made to feel that they could take matters into their hands, they would change the world for the better. Kiran relied heavily on her background as an Industrial Designer to pilot the very first design-thinking guide for young people across India.
Our School design thinking process in the form of four simple steps: FEEL any problem that bothers you, IMAGINE a way to make it better, DO an act of change and SHARE your story of change with the world. She believed the Feel-Imagine-Do-Share framework, would help cultivate what’s called the I CAN mindset, a belief that young people are not helpless, that change is possible and they can drive it.
Design for Change (DFC) is a global movement that cultivates the ‘I Can’ mindset in every child. This ‘I Can’ spirit empowers children and gives them an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. Design for Change was born out of the conviction that children are not helpless, the optimism that change is possible and belief that they can drive it.hrough a simple design process of Feel-Imagine-Do-Share, we asked children to identify and transform anything that bothered them in their community – shifting their mindset from ‘Can I?’ to ‘I Can!.
In the field of education, this approach works towards developing the much required 21st century skills in every child. The framework equips children with the tools to be more aware and informed of the world around them, believe and realise the importance of their role in shaping that world, and take action towards building a more desirable present thus leading to a more sustainable future.
Through the Design For Change Challenge, both children and adults are introduced to the concept of design thinking which enables them at an individual level to realize the power of the words “I Can”. The year long immersive Design For Change Curriculum develops and nurtures the required behaviour and skills both in students and in teachers as facilitators at a classroom level. This further empowers educators to create solutions that lead to larger school/ community level transformations. Thus building a culture where teachers, as agents of change establish and design processes that lead to an environment that enables children to learn, engage and create; impacting not just the world of education but the world in general.
In over 30 different countries, we have seen children stepping up and learning that the power to create change lies in them as much as with the adults who educate and influence their lives. We continue to witness the incredible, rapidly growing tide of change being led by a new generation of Superheroes.
Today, the DFC movement can be felt worldwide from Australia, to Israel, to the United States of America, and across many Institutions of India.