D is for Design For Change: Enabling Children To Shape The Future

Kiran Bir Sethi is the founder of a global movement called Design For Change. This encourages children to express their ideas for a better world and put them into action.

Here is an excerpt from its website.

Children and adults learn through the Design for Change Challenge that “I Can” are the two most powerful words a person can believe.

Children who have discovered this are changing their world.

This year, Design for Change reaches 34 countries and over 300,000 schools inspiring hundreds of thousands of children, their teachers and parents, to celebrate the fact change is possible and that they can lead that change!

You can discover more at:


Design for change

Kiran is also director of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India. In the video below she explains how the school encourages children to focus on the following themes.

They can make choices in life.

They can shape their futures by moving from saying “Can I?” to “I can.”

They can do this by following the design process of Feel, Imagine, Do and Share.

They can be persistent and make change happen.

You can discover more about the school at their web site.


The Design Process

So how can you translate ideas into action and improve the world?

Kiran explains how the children are encouraged to apply the design process to real life challenges. They are helped to go through the following steps.


The challenge asks students to do four very simple things: Feel, Imagine, Do and Share.

Children are dreaming up and leading brilliant ideas all over the world, from challenging age-old superstitions in rural communities, to earning their own money to finance school computers to solving the problem of heavy school bags.

Children are proving that they have what it takes to be able to ‘design’ a future that is desired.

The Design For Change process is infectious and spreads hope around the world.

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