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.
This guide served as a means to introduce a simplified version of the 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.
Today, the DFC movement can be felt worldwide from Australia, to Israel, to the United States of America.
We are Design for Change USA, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, MA -- the U.S. partner of the worldwide Design for Change network.
Formerly Faculty Director, Special Studies
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Wonder: A Learning and Design Expedition
Abl Schools, Yammer (Microsoft)
Director of Learning & Innovation
Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (NYC)
Director of Service Learning
United Nations International School (New York)
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Making the world a better place is within reach for all of us. All we need is the right spirit and the right resources (both of which we can help with).
We Help Shape Better Change Makers
Empathy is at the heart of the DFC experience. We encourage our participants to understand another perspective and design for change. We help young people connect great ideas with hard work and recognize the power they have to build their character.
We Are Your Partner
The DFC team helps educators and mentors be prepared to promote design thinking and service learning in their schools and organizations. Whether it’s getting others on board, or reminding teachers that they ARE making a difference, we provide evidence that this works and it makes a difference.
We Give Time Back
We know that teachers and mentors are already doing more with less so our goal isn’t to add more things - or make them more complex - but rather find new and simpler ways of creating better Change Makers. Our focus on easy to adopt frameworks and integrating Design Thinking into existing curriculum will help get more out of what our partners are already doing.