Design for Change was conceptualised by Kiran Bir Sethi, founder of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's vision of 'Be the Change you wish to see' - Kiran worked with some of the best minds to design the FIDS framework so that every child could have a simple 'superhero formula' to change their world.
From its inception in 2009, Design for Change had only one mission - to spread this belief to all children. What started in India, is today the biggest global movement of change by children.
DFC gets a new executive board. And begins the year with 50+ countries on board.
We have a new batch of student council for the year 2022-2023.
Opened up Advisory Position to DFC Global for the Partners for the year March 2022 - March 2023
Kiran travelled to Malaysia and France and met our DFC partners from Malaysia, Spain, France, Madagascar, and Belgium.
Design for Change receives a new recognition from HundrED as it enters the Hall of Fame for education innovations that have demonstrated sustained growth of impact and scalability
Be the Change celebrations- with more than 1000+ participants meeting together for 2 days in Malaysia and Uruguay.
Japan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Qatar, Argentina, Northern Ireland, Egypt, Italy,Cambodia, Germany, Kazakstan Guatemala, Romania, Liberia and Panama join the DFC family, making the total to 65 countries.
First-ever Virtual Global Partners’ Meet over 6 coffee chats and 32 countries participated in it to decide the goals for 2022.
The most inclusive Be The Change Conference was organized by the DFC Brazil team where 105+ children participated from 29 countries. English, Spanish, Portuguese and Sign language were used to reach out to more children.
DFC Malaysia got a TV show with 26 episodes to share the Stories of Change on their National Television - Didik TV
DFC Student Council launched the PlantOx Project where they planted 2723 trees across 9 countries
Master Classes with Wendy Kopp - CEO Teach For All and Howard Gardner
DFC was chosen to be part of the Hall of Fame by HundrED
Gems School organized an International I CAN Summit in Dubai where children participated from 6 countries across the globe
Relaunch and culmination of Rainforest Kids Challenge. Received 60+ solutions from across 10 countries
DFC gets a new Board
DFC Student Council launched the first-ever Online D'Festival of Change
DFC Countries design new COVID Response Initiatives
Articles written by Student Council Members were published in the 'Global Educational Pact for Pope'
Power of Partners
DTG goes digital on SM Platform
Master Class with Dr Howard Gardner and Andreas Schleicher moderated by Kiran
Selected as Most Impactful and Inspiring Innovators in K12 Education from around the world for HundrED 2021 Global collection
First-ever virtual Be the Change celebration 2020 organized by DFC Singapore, where 300 children attended it with 50 stories of change from 25 countries were celebrated
Kiran featured in a Book titled "Vital Voices: 100 Women Using their #PowertoEmpower"
70+ Countries and Regions
I CAN Children's Global Summit in Rome attended by 2500+ participants from 40 + countries
BTC in 13 venues attended by 40 DFC champions and partners
Launched I CAN Marketplace of solutions and Rainforest Challenge
Kiran awarded the “Earth Prize” Award, at Luino Lago, Italy
New countries onboarded : Liberia | Ukraine | Italy | Russia | Iran | Costa Rica | Sudan | Croatia | Slovakia | Canada | Zambia
65+ Countries and Regions
8th Annual BTC in Taiwan, (1st-2nd December)
BTC attended by 39 DFC champions and partners
I CAN SCHOOL PLATFORM LAUNCHED
DFC Global Inc incorporated on 25th May, 2018
DFC Global appoints it's first CEO and has a board of 10 members
3 operational office - INDIA, SPAIN, USA
Increased footprint in Africa
Kiran awarded the “Light of Freedom” Award, at the Vital Voices, U.S.A., Global Leadership Awards
60+ Countries and Regions
7TH BTC MADRID, SPAIN (NOV 10-11), 29 PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES
RESOURCE MATERIALS-(I CAN LESSONPLAN, FIDS, COMIC BOOKS)
I CAN SCHOOL PLATFORM LAUNCHED
INCREASED FOOTPRINT IN LATIN AMERICA, AFRICA and EUROPE
TOP HUNDRED PROJECT IN THE WORLD
COLLABORATION WITH SCHOLAS OCCURRENTES AND OIEC THAT TAKES DFC TO 446000 SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE
40+ Countries and Regions
5th BTC Beijing, China (Dec 10-11) 18 Participating Countries
Resource Material Development (Story Curriculum, FIDS)
Completion of the 2nd Year of DTG Pilot
I CAN School Platform
Increased Footprint in Latin America
collaboration with Wash United- 2nd Phase
Listed on the Global education Innovation Initiative (GEII) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
8000+ stories | 32+ Countries and Regions
4th Be The Change Conference at Mexico
HGSE Research Validates DFC Builds Empathy
Dfc Recognized as an Action Step to Address UN Global Goals
Successful Completion of DTG Pilot
Kiran Receives the Asia Game Changer Award
7000+ Stories | 28 Countries and Regions
3rd Be The Change Conference in India
Sea of Change
Top 10 Champion of Re-imagine Learning Challenge
Global Teacher Prize Finalist
6000 Stories | 20 Countries and Regions
2nd Be The Change Conference
Launch of Design Thinking Guide
Launch of Every Child Can Documentary
5000 Stories of Change 13+ Countries and Regions
Be The Change Conference
Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Award
4000 Stories of change 11 Countries and Regions
I CAN Book First Edition
DFC goes Global
1500 Stories of change
Raffi composes i can song
Impact Research by Goodwork
DFC launched in India
700 Stories of change
Kiran speaks at TED India