Change is possible. Young people can drive it!

A Global Organization with Local Impact

Design for Change USA is the national affiliate of Design for Change World, When young people participate in DFC, they are joining a powerful coalition of others around the world in saying, I CAN!

What is the Design for Change?

DFC equips young people to transform empathy into social action using a simple framework.
Educators use DFC to facilitate a design process that fosters empathy and student agency.
Students brainstorm, plan, and execute community change projects.


A framework for addressing the UN Global Goals

DFC has partnered with the World's Largest Lesson to address the 17 Global Goals as determined by the United Nations. The DFC experience is carefully crafted to ensure a focus on the Global Goals at each of the four steps in the DFC process. Young people are encouraged to think globally while acting locally. Using this framework, young people are tasked with addressing the UN Global Goals, while designing new and innovative solutions for the world's most pressing challenges.


We need your help

Design for Change USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All of our work is made possible with the generous support of individual and corporate sponsors. Learn more about how you can support our mission by reviewing our Case for Support. Please contact us if you'd like to donate.

The story of our founder,
Kiran Bir Sethi

The Design for Change global movement was founded in 2009 by world-renowned educator and design thinker Kiran Bir Sethi. She started the movement with the conviction that, if young people were empowered, they could design a better world. Kiran partnered with leading experts from Stanford Design School and IDEO to launch the very first design thinking guide for young people across India, which introduced them to the FIDS Framework. Today, the DFC movement includes over 2 million young people in 65+ countries.

Our Core

Our Core Principles

Designing for Humanity

Empathy is at the heart of the DFC experience. We encourage students and educators to understand another perspective by using the Feel, Imagine, Do, Share methodology. By transforming their communities, young people transform themselves, realizing their own power to create lasting change.

We Are Your Partner

The DFC team supports educators/mentors in their own design thinking journey, through a combination of training and tools. Our goal is to equip educators/mentors with the knowledge they need to implement the DFC methodology with their students. We hope to remind all educators that they are making a meaningful difference in their community each and every day.

We Give Time Back

We recognize that teachers and mentors are always doing more with less (less time, less resources, less everything). Our goal isn’t to add more things for them to do—rather to find new and simpler ways of doing them. Our focus on easy-to-adopt frameworks and integrating design thinking principles into existing curriculum will increase the value of what educators are already doing.

Our Team In the USA

We are Design for Change USA, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts -- the U.S. partner of the worldwide Design for Change network.

Sanjli Gidwaney
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Tara Harrington
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Elaina Boyter
Impact Evaluator
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Ryan Cowden
Design Sprints Producer
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Our Champions

DFC USA Champions are all experienced educators who work with organizations and schools in their area to adopt and flourish with Design for Change. Contact them.

Krista Brinchecke
Science Specialist
Wake County Public School System
Raleigh, NC
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Shannon Hardy
The Exploris School
Raleigh, NC
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Tracey Joyce
K-12 Technology Integrationist
Mounds Park Academy
Minneapolis, MN
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Caroline Mitchell
Executive Director of the Community Development
YMCA, Gateway Region
St. Louis, MO
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Tara Schletz
Curriculum Enrichment Specialist
Visitation School
Mendota Heights, MN
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Our Board of Directors
Adam Pisoni
Abl Schools, Yammer
(San Francisco, CA)
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Kathy Saulitis
Independent Consultant to Non-Profit Organizations and Grantmakers
KPS Consulting
(New York, NY)
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Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD
Psychologist, Researcher, Author
Fellow, Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University
(Seattle, WA)
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Sanjli Gidwaney
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Vinay Gidwaney
Maxwell Health
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Our Education Advisory Board
John Collins
Formerly Faculty Director, Special Studies
Harvard Graduate School of
Education (Cambridge, MA)
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Mark Silberberg
Director of Learning & Innovation
Little Red School House & Elisabeth
Irwin High School (NYC)
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Erin Threlfall
International School of Lausanne
Assistant Principal/ PYP Coordinator
(Lausanne, Switzerland)
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