Design for Change

Founded in India in 2009, Design for Change has partnered with nearly 30,000 educators to facilitate over 27,000 stories of student-driven change around the world. Design for Change is a global movement of young people and educators using design thinking for social impact. Design for Change USA trains and equips educators in the design thinking cycle, using a simple 4-step process: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share.

Every year, student change-makers have an opportunity to investigate challenges and assets in their communities to lead their design of a community change project. Linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, students begin creating local impact connected to a global effort. Students, then, have a platform to share the story of their learning process and their community impact.

Download a series of lesson plans or Design Sprints to introduce students to components of the design thinking process or to begin fully engaging students. 

Due May 15, 2019: Have a story to share of student-driven change? Submit students' stories to Design for Change USA for a chance to represent the USA at the annual Be the Change Conference, to be held in conjunction with World Children's Day in Rome this November

For more information on Design for Change, visit us online at https://designforchange.us/

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  • Professional Development
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Empathy can be taught in many different ways, and this lesson serves to explore two different ways. Students will collaborate on a musical beat;...
  • Professional Development
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Now that students have a developed idea and are ready to go, it is important to do a trial run to make sure that everyone knows their roles and is...
Storytelling is an integral part of all cultures and it is often used for educating people or telling the story of a culture or tradition. In this...
  • Professional Development
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Teaching brainstorming through the improv technique helps students to be more open to ideas. In design thinking brainstorming is at the heart of...