The Design for Change (DFC) global movement was founded in 2009 by world-renowned educator Kiran Sethi, who believes that if young people are empowered and made to feel that they could take matters into their hands, they would change the world for the better. Kiran Sethi relied heavily on her background as an industrial designer to pilot the first design-thinking guide for young people across India. Every year teams from around the world submit social change projects based on the Design for Change framework. An Ambassador Team is selected to attend an all-expenses-paid trip to the DFC Global Conference that brings together teams from across the world to share and celebrate their projects, and to inspire others. Any group of young people (K–12) with an adult mentor may be selected as the 2018 Design for Change Student Ambassador Team by doing a project in their school or community using the four steps of the Design for Change methodology: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share. To see what the “life cycle” of a DFC project looks like, students and mentors can watch a short documentary film from 2016 on YouTube. In addition, a free web portal provides access to dozens of activities that stretch across multiple skillsets. (Registration and login are required.)
Deadline: May 15, 2018, for submission of projects
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