Design for Change

Children change the world. Design for Change España and Fundación Telefónica want to give them the opportunity to put their own ideas into action. 'Design for Change' is an international movement which introduces educational creativity and design in the classroom through teachers.

What is it?

  • Experiment and surprise yourself like a child.
  • Learn our method and experience it first-hand.
  • Learn to innovate through an effective method which will enrich you day after day in the classroom.
  • Fill your satchel with educational resources.
  • Change your role and become the facilitator of the DFC process.
  • Give your pupils the chance to change the WORLD by taking part in DFC projects.
  • “If there is no project there is no Design for Change”, that’s why in exchange for a grant-assisted place in the I Can Lab, we ask you to commit to undertaking a DFC project with your class this term and, as a written affirmation usually provides even more motivation, we ask that it is also signed by your manager so that the commitment is not solely yours but also that of your school.

Children can change the world.
Teacher: give them the means to strive for it.

Trust in children as a means of social change. Involve them in the search for remedies to social problems from their schooldays onwards. This is what ‘Design for change’ is all about: a movement set up in more than 35 countries and partnered by Fundación Telefónica in Spain so that teachers interested in Design Thinking can apply this method of change and learning in their classrooms. In order for the opportunity to be truly effective, the teachers must work with the children in the application of this methodology, developed in Riverside School (Ahmedabad, India) by Kiran bir Seth.

The methodology: how is it used?

‘Design for Change’ allows you to change your role, bring creativity and design into the classroom and prepare students for the skills they need in the 21st century. In addition, boys and girls will become active agents for change, putting forward ideas for social initiatives to improve their communities.

The methodology of ‘Design for Change’ requires advance training for teachers who will take on the role of ‘facilitator’ and a process of self-learning on the part of the students. The main concept of this method is that, through discussions, students will be able to recognize a problem, contribute ideas and arrive at an agreement on how to apply the solution.

  • Sense: children investigate to better understand the things around them that they would like to change and improve.
  • Imagine: the moment of proposing the many possible ways of resolving the situation outlined in the first stage. From the solution most suitable for the group, a plan is made, tested and prepared to be put into action.
  • Act: this is the time when the planned solution is put into action. All are proud to have taken part.
  • Evaluate: by reviewing the project, they evaluate the experience and define the key elements required to develop future actions.
  • Share: the protagonists recount their experience to those around them and the wider world. The mission is to spread the ‘I Can’ virus to other children.


Fundación Telefónica and Design for Change España give you the opportunity to explore this methodology in depth through a number of training sessions for teachers, entitled Lab I Can, which are taking place from February 2016 throughout Spain. At present there is availability for the sessions in Madrid and Barcelona: if you are interested, sign up to INFO.

What will we learn in ‘Lab I Can’?

Using the Design for Change methodology, teachers learn to create projects in the classroom through training courses lasting a day and a half, in groups of 20 to 25. This is a space for exploration where you are encouraged to experiment and put a plan into action, guided by two facilitators from Design for Change.

In order to achieve this different way of thinking, teachers must:

  • Immerse themselves in the spirit of the project
  • Learn the process
  • Develop their toolbox

The benefits of Design for Change

In schools:

  • It is an innovative approach which introduces creativity and design to the world of education and aligns with LOMCE requirements
  • It is a natural way of developing the values and skills demanded by society
  • A unifying project adaptable to different stages


For teachers:

  • A chance to change your role to that of facilitator
  • It is a tool to promote inclusion
  • A specific way in which to apply the new regulations on education


For students:

  • A way to empower and prepare them for the future, which is already here
  • To develop the skills required in the 21st century
  • To become active agents for change within their communities, giving them the tools for social entrepreneurship


Every year and in each country, all the projects are put together in what is called the ‘I CAN School Challenge’. An external jury selects the project which best reflects the spirit of the movement in each country and the winning project will represent its country at the international meeting which takes place each year and is known as Be the Change Celebration.