Turn Empathy Into Action

Join other educators helping over 1 million young people worldwide
positively impact their communities.

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Activate your students to take action on social causes.

Connect students to social causes through podcasts and
activities that support them to do real projects in their communities.


of teachers surveyed report that Design for Change increased students' self-motivation to complete tasks and persist through obstacles.

Different Paths for Engaging

Your students learn about a social cause through our high quality podcasts.
You then engage them on 3 different paths:

Empathy Warmups


A quick way to get engaged with a specific social cause and for your students to think critically about it.

Time Commitment:
1 hour total
(in classroom)

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Design Sprints


Brief classroom activities that build empathy around a social issue and introduce design thinking concepts.

Time Commitment:
5 hours total
(in classroom)

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Community Actions


Lesson plans that take your students into the community to discover issues they care about and do something about them.

Time Commitment:
10+ hours
(in and out of classroom)

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Green Stars

We use a 4 step design framework to engage students to change their community and themselves:

Feel :: Empathize


Build Empathy

Imagine :: Brainstrom


Brainstorm Ideas

Do :: Prototype


Implement Solutions


Inspire Others

UN Sustainable Global Goals

Design for Change... 

  • Combines design thinking and doing good
  • Includes a library of podcasts aligned to the UN Global Goals
  • Is flexible and responsive to your context and can fit into in-school, after-school or outside of school environments
  • Results in the development of key 21st Century skills including empathy, creativity, resourcefulness and collaboration
  • Ready to start? See how it works

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What do educators think?

I also wanted to say thank you all for this content. This speaks to me like nothing else I've encountered. I use the SDGs for projects and your program has been a gem in this rough time of distance teaching.

Teacher Review

Ronald Nober

8th Gr. Teacher
Southampton, NJ

At the end of this project, my students were saying things like, "I feel like I can do anything now!", "I want to be a designer!" and, "I never thought I could do this, but I did it and it feels so great!"... things I never imagined I would hear."

Teacher Review

Dana Kinel

Design Technology Teacher
Sunset Ridge Middle School, Hartford, CT

They never wanted to miss a day from the project. They gave up their free time to do more than they had to. They were thinking critically and problem solving. They made a difference in our school community.

Teacher Review

Patti Andreoles

5th Grade Teacher
P.S.135Q The Bellaire School, Queens, NY
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We have reached over 10,000 young people in the USA

Learn about our impact in the 2018 / 2019 school year


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Design for Change spans 6 continents.



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