About Design for Change

Design for Change:
A Global Organization with Local Impact

Design for Change USA is the national affiliate of Design for Change WorldUsing a tried and proven design thinking framework - Feel, Imagine, Do, Share (FIDS), DFC is providing students a blueprint to make a world of change. 
 
Through our signature framework, students are creating a more just, equitable and inclusive world! 

Our Solution

DFC USA is non profit, with a simple, proven and out-of-box approach for teachers to: 

  • Engage students in critical thinking and creative problem solving

  • Learn about the UN Global Goals 

  • Use our tools and simple framework to solve big issues in their community 

  • Inspire others to create change

A world where all young people have the knowledge, skills and mindsets to be designers of change. 

DFC puts the power back into the classroom, so every student has the opportunity to learn how to solve big social issues.


Students have a voice. 
 

They have opinions. 
 

Students want to drive change.

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Racial Justice

Educational Equity

Climate Change

Our Mission

We teach students how to think, not what to think, so they can make a world of change.

Our Vision

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We are fortunate to live in a time of enormous opportunity and potential.

 

The rising rate of change and complexity in aour world have rendered our old ways of learning obsolete. Schools are demanding a whole new approach.

 

Design for Change unlocks a student's potential and instinct to be leaders of change.

Racial justice is more than a history lesson, climate change is more than a science problem, and equity is more than a math equation. 

 

We believe...

To thrive, students need to know how to think and be prepared to face situations they have never seen before. 

1. The challenge of our time

The big social issues of our times are not going away. Classrooms are a key place to have important conversations and engage students to design solutions. 

2. Our work is the solution

Design for Change is a dynamic program that facilitates big conversations in the classroom and engages students to address the social issues of their time. 

3. We train teachers 

DFC gives teachers the framework, tools, and resources to help students imagine and design new solutions to old problems. 

4. We help ALL students shine 

Design for Change elevates the lived experience of all students, harnessing their power to transform themselves and their communities.

A framework for addressing the UN Global Goals

DFC has partnered with the World's Largest Lesson to address the 17 Global Goals as determined by the United Nations. The DFC experience is carefully crafted to ensure a focus on the Global Goals at each of the four steps in the DFC process: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share. Students use this framework to think globally while acting locally, designing new and innovative solutions to  the world's most pressing challenges.

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The story of our founder,
Kiran Bir Sethi

The Design for Change global movement was founded in 2009 by world-renowned educator and design thinker Kiran Bir Sethi. She started the movement with the conviction that young people are best suited to drive positive change. Kiran partnered with leading experts from Stanford Design School and IDEO to launch the very first design thinking guide for young people across India, which introduced them to the FIDS Framework. Today, the DFC movement includes over 2 million young people in 70+ countries.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Design for Change USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All of our work is made possible with the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors. Learn more about how you can support our mission by reviewing our Case for Support. Please contact us if you'd like to donate.

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Designing for Humanity

Empathy is at the heart of the DFC experience. We encourage students and educators to understand another perspective by using the Feel, Imagine, Do, Share methodology. By transforming their communities, young people transform themselves, realizing their own power to create lasting change.

We Are Your Partner

The DFC team supports educators/mentors in their own design thinking journey, through a combination of training and tools. Our goal is to equip educators/mentors with the knowledge they need to implement the DFC methodology with their students. We hope to remind all educators that they are making a meaningful difference in their community each and every day.

We Give Time Back

We recognize that teachers and mentors are always doing more with less (less time, less resources, less everything). Our goal isn’t to add more things for them to do—rather to find new and simpler ways of doing them. Our focus on an easy-to-adopt framework and integrate design thinking principles into your existing curriculum, which we believe  will enhance what you are already teaching.

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OUR CORE
PRINCIPLES

Our Team In the USA

We are Design for Change USA, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts -- the U.S. partner of the worldwide Design for Change network

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Sanjli Gidwaney

Co-Director

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Robyn Richards

Project Manager

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Tara Harrington Seibel

Co-Director

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Hannah Le

Product and Marketing Manager

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Elaina Boyter

Impact Evaluator

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Sukanta Paul

Software Engineer

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Andy Lundquist

Director of Community Engagement

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Jamey Walker

Corporate Strategy Intern

Our Champions

DFC USA Champions are all experienced educators who work with organizations and schools in their area to adopt and flourish with Design for Change. Contact them.

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Krista Brincheck

Science Specialist
Wake County Public School System

Raleigh, NC

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Shannon Hardy

Teacher
The Exploris School

Raleigh, NC

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Tracey Joyce

Sales Engineer - EDU
Jamf Software, LLC

Minneapolis, MN

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Tara Schletz

Curriculum Enrichment Specialist
Visitation School

Mendota Heights, MN

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Our Board of Directors

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Kathy Saulitis

Independent Consultant to Non-Profit Organizations and Grantmakers

KPS Consulting

(New York, NY)

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Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Psychologist, Researcher, Author

Fellow, Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University

(Seattle, WA)

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John Yoo

Former CEO

Noodle, TeachersPayTeachers.com

(Los Angeles, CA)

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Sanjli Gidwaney

Co-Director

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Vinay Gidwaney

Entrepreneur

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Our Education Advisory Board

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John Collins

Formerly Faculty
Director, Special Studies

Harvard Graduate School of

Education (Cambridge, MA)

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Mark Silberberg

Director of Learning & Innovation

Little Red School House & Elisabeth

Irwin High School (NYC)

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Erin Threlfall

International School of Lausanne

Assistant Principal/ PYP Coordinator

(Lausanne, Switzerland)

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