DESIGN FOR CHANGE is a global movement designed to give children an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. Using simple steps to guide their actions, children are dreaming up brilliant ideas all over the world, leading change, proving that they are not helpless and change is possible when they can passionately drive it!
Largest bank of stories of change
Over 8000 stories from children across the globe on 16 diverse issues.
Design Thinking in schools
Children and teachers are using Design for Change as a tool to develop 21st century skills and attitudes to solve the right problems.
An inclusive idea
You can participate in the School Challenge in your own language. The DFC materials are being translated into local dialects
So, what are your children changing this year? We look forward to receiving your story of change and sharing it with the world.
Founder | Design for Change
The Rainbow Nation Transformation is the South African DFC campaign, managed and facilitated by DFC Global Partner, Juanita Naidoo (eduSOIL) She has designed the DFC Mandala, an interactive device guiding self-inquiry and transformation to highlight the inner change as well as the outer action in the Citizenship/Service learning programme.
The DFC Mandala: Seven inner steps to outer change
The Seven Steps of our DFC Toolkit for Taking Action
FEEL IMAGINE DO SHARE REFLECT ENJOY SUSTAIN…inner and outer change
KNOWING SEEING SPEAKING LOVING DOING FEELING BEING …our true selves
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I CAN be the Change I wish to see in the world by listening to my heart!
Read about what empowered children CAN DO when given the freedom to take action on what they care about!
Potholes on the way to school
Winner : Design for Change School Challenge, India 2012 | The Orchid Public School, Mysore, Karnataka Watch the story
FEEL: A very bumpy ride on the way to school. The students of The Orchid Public School had a huge problem with potholes on their way to school. The road was quite dangerous and often caused accidents.
The students wrote many letters to the concerned authorities asking them to take some action. However, they did not receive any response.
IMAGINE: They discussed with friends and teachers to figure out the best possible solution to the problem.
“We will have to help ourselves and fill the potholes. Lets meet the contractor to learn how to make this happen.”
DO: They split into teams. One group did the digging and the other group started to make the tar.
“We are the CHANGE!”
After a lot of hard work, the students managed to create a leveled road making the journey safe and hassle free for everyone.
“What impressed us was that these children chose a bold idea for a problem that affected them directly. They decided to take action themselves and designed an effective solution.”
- M P Ranjan, Design Thinker, Jury Member, India.
“This story won because the children implemented a solution which was beyond rallies and street plays. It clearly has empowered them to take up future challenges. That is the power of I CAN.” - Christian Long, Cannon Design, Jury Member, India.
Curator of DFC South Africa and creator of the eduSOIL Service Learning Curriculum for inner and outer change.
The Seven Concepts of our Service Learning Inquiry cycle
EMPATHY INNOVATION SELF-DIRECTION INSPIRATION EMPOWERMENT JOY TRANSFORMATION
Lets get started! First introduce the DFC RAINBOW NATION TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE to your students, explaining that it will teach them many important values, life skills and design-thinking strategies!
A. OBSERVE and SENSITISE
Ask the learners to choose a value they would like to develop in themselves. Then in groups of 5 ask the learners to walk around the school/community, locate problems/situations that bother them and make lists of things they would like to see changed.
(Example of issues that have bothered children–dirty bathrooms/bullying/ broken infrastructure/saving trees and animals / dull classrooms...)
In groups, get the learners to share all the problems that they observed and discuss with each other WHY it bothered them. Then each group will draw a map of the area in which they mark the issues and finally VOTE for the one area that they will like to change
C. ENGAGE and RESEARCH
Encourage the learners to speak with the people who are affected and/or are part of the problem and ask them WHY the situation is the way it is.
Guide the learners to look at ways in which the situation can be changed
for the better. Demonstrate how to draw mind-maps and flow diagrams to enable them to plan steps to transform their idea into achievable action using the assessment criteria below
Guide the learners to choose the idea that has potential to effect significant change in ONE week! Register online to participate in the DFC School Challenge or send us a registration form.
Encourage the teams to take up the responsibility of their choice by answering the questions below that guide the implementation plan.
What resources will be required?
What is the budget, how will they get the money?
How many people will be required?
4. How much time will it take?
This is the most exciting part. Prompt the learners to choose their week of action and observe and record the changes as they unfold. Remind the learners to write daily reflections by setting regular reflection time.
C. RECORD and DOCUMENT
Encourage the children to document each step and also invite filmmakers and photographers to record the process of the children and youth creating change.
A. STORYTELLING and MEDIA
Guide the learners to choose the most suitable media to make a compelling story. Demonstrate how to make a visual process map of the story of change using the seven steps. Encourage them to document regularly and edit their drafts before the final submission of all 7 steps.
Suggest the ideas below to empower your learners to expand their circle of influence and share their story of change:
Share your story at your school assembly
Spread awareness through posters, petitions, newsletters
Organise a parent meeting to gain more support
Share your story with other schools
Get support from the local news media.
Run a community campaign to mobilise people
When the group has completed all seven steps and is ready to submit their story, send in the Submission Form by post or online attaching the story using the submission guidelines below.
Photo and text documentation (max 4 photos for each step)
Powerpoint presentation (max 15 slides, 20 mbs)
Video/Youtube (max 3 min long)
A. BE SILENT:
Guide the learners to be silent, so the group can listen to their hearts and quietly reflect on their progress using the Meditative Inquiry prompts below:
B. LOOK INWARD, IN MEDITATIVE INQUIRY:
1. Close your eyes, relax your body and listen to your heartbeat and your breath. Ask for guidance if there is anything that you wish to improve. (5 min)
2. Open your eyes and review your learning process, actions, behaviours and choices using the Essential Questions (in Sustain) (20 min)
3. Close your eyes again. Visualise the change you wish to see. Imagine that it is complete and observe how it feels to be of service and improve the world. (10 min)
C. AFFIRM and TRUST:
Guide the learners to repeat the DFC Motto* "I CAN BE THE CHANGE IN THE WORLD, BY LISTENING TO MY HEART” and encourage them to trust that THEY CAN!
Play some relaxing music at the start of each lesson. Ask the learners to close their eyes, relax the bodies and think about the motto. They can keep their eyes closed and move their bodies to the music if they feel relaxed enough.
B. ORGANISE and MOTIVATE:
Use these simple steps to uplift and empower your learners.
1. STRATEGISE, plan, map out and illustrate the next steps you will take towards success!
2. LIST your goals and use a calendar to set targets for greater, long-lasting impact!
3. CELEBRATE every success and learn from every challenge! Never give up! Believe that YOU CAN!
Guide the learners to regularly reflect on how they have changed as a person. Remind each learner of the unique value they have chosen, by affirming it and enabling it to grow.
A. INQUIRE AND LISTEN:
Ask learners to regularly read and discuss the Core Understandings and Essential Questions:
Core Understandings:Every person has the power to heal and create positive change. All change in the world radiates from my heart.
Essential Questions: What am I doing to be the change I wish to see in the world? Am I listening to my heart while being the change I feel is needed? Do my actions show what I know about my inner self?
B. ASSESS AND ADJUST:
1. Ask learners to reflect on what they have learned by answering the Essential Questions.
2. Schedule periodic feedback time with each group to guide them to self/group assess whether their intentions match their actions and if their ideas are working by looking at the impact.
3. Guide the learners to adapt and make timely changes to their strategy where necessary to make it more effective.
C. BELIEVE and EMPOWER
See the infinite potential within each learner just by listening to your heart. Remember and remind the children that they have the power to change the world. Believe in yourself and empower them to believe that THEY CAN!
Tips for Teachers
1. Watch a story! www.youtube.com/user/icandfc
2. Inspire your students (preferred age group: 6-19 years) with stories of change at www.stories.dfcworld.com
3. Allow the learners to form core groups of 5 members.
4. Guide the learners to go through the Feel, Imagine, Do, Share, Reflect, Enjoy, Sustain steps as explained in each box.
5. Remember that the ideas must come from the students, not from adults. The challenge is about real issues that affect children directly, no matter how simple the problems may seem.
6. Encourage the learners to think beyond the first answer (eg raising money or holding rallies) and guide them to include as many members of the school community as possible in the act of change.
7. Enable the children to document and reflect regularly as you will use the documentation to assess grade specific requirements.
8. Guide learners to choose a media for storytelling and submit the story of change on www.challenge.dfcworld.com
9. Once the submission is made, continue the reflection asking them to answer the essential questions and explore ways to enhance strategies.
Dates to Remember
Register by: 18th July, 2014
Submit by : 20th Aug, 2014
Jury Process: 30th Aug, 2014
1. You can take a week or more to complete your act of change.
2. Make sure your entries reach us by 15th August, 2014.
The winners of DFC 2014 will be announced at the Be the Change Awards Ceremony, Sep 6th, 2014. It will be a day of celebration and the winners will be awarded the grand prize: A travel grant to attend the Annual Global Conference in India in September!
Annual conference spotlighting children and their inspiring stories of change
Ahmedabad, INDIA, 27, 28th September 2014
eduSOIL Service Learning Package
Buy the eduSOIL Service Learning Resource Pack and you can teach your learners about how to set positive affirmations and use a mandala to self-govern and reflect on their learning. The package contains colourful and vibrant posters, guided inquiry cards, reflection sheets, activity workbooks for 5-8, 9-13 and 14+ years, assessment rubrics and our unique, interactive reflection mandalas to encourage your learners to be self directed and inspired to be the change!