A framework for changing the world.
How Design for Change Works
Design for Change provides a virtual platform for students to build empathy and create social change.
Educators can set up an experience for students to go through a simple design thinking framework of Feel, Imagine, Do, Share.
Through this platform, students will learn about a social issue, brainstorm solutions, plan and execute a change project.
Design for Change equips your students to transform empathy into social action using four steps: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share. After listening to one of our social cause podcasts, students are guided through a series of activities that they can do independently and with their educator by themselves and with their teacher.
Students consider the symptoms and the underlying factors of the chosen theme, e.g., racial justice, educational equity or climate action through a root cause analysis exercise.
Students imagine how they might change the current situation by brainstorming new ideas, and then picking an idea they'd like to move forward with.
Students use a storyboard to determine and order any action steps, plan their action plan and implement their solution (if possible).
Students listen to an empathy podcast; a series of interviews highlighting the real voices of real people. They then think about the topic critically by naming facts, asking questions, pulling quotes and making personal connections to what they heard.
Students reflect on all the things they learned about, including: themselves, the issue, and the community. They then consider how others felt about these things too.
How We Help Educators
We elevate the work of educators:
Because we believe educators are designers, Design for Change equips all educators to be leaders in the design thinking process and provides them with tools, resources, training, and coaching in the DFC methodology.
We support student-driven social impact:
Educators facilitate each stage of the Feel, Imagine, Do, Share process, enabling students to respond and take action on a local issue they are passionate about.
We connect you and your students to a global network:
By participating in Design for Change, students join a coalition of students creating social change around the world by designing solutions to address the UN Global Goals.
After years of experience in education and design, we know that students have the capacity to make immediate change in their communities and that design thinking provides a framework for driving that change. Through innovative and collaborative design experiences, students apply critical thinking and creative problem-solving.
WHY DESIGN THINKING?
At Design for Change USA, we are pleased to announce that we will be awarding three $500 grants to youth teams to advance their Design for Change USA projects.
Projects will need to address one of our critical themes this year:
Deadline: May 30th, 2021
Winners: June 15th, 2021
The Global Connection
Over the last 10 years, Design for Change has hosted multiple global celebrations, bringing together student changemakers from over 70+ countries, to share their projects for a better world!
These celebrations have historically been a time for students to gather and build cross cultural connections and friendships, helping them realize the power of their collective action!
In 2021, Design for Change is considering an exciting virtual event, bringing together student changemakers to share their projects of change proving that while we may not be in person this year, the spirit of change making is stronger than ever!
If you are interested in participating, be sure to submit your Design for Change project by the May 15, 2021 deadline.
2018 Ambassador Team from Queens, NY
traveled to Taipei, Taiwan.
2017 Ambassador Team from Sandpoint, ID
traveled to Madrid, Spain.
2016 Ambassador Team from Raleigh, NC
traveled to Beijing, China
2013 Ambassador Team from Pine Ridge, SD
traveled to Ahmedebad, India