Kiran Bir Sethi, an alumni of the National Institute of Design (N.I.D.), Ahmedabad, is the Founder/Director of The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India, since 2001. In 2007, she founded ‘aProCh’ - an initiative to make our cities more child friendly. In 2009, she founded 'Design for Change' (DFC) - the world’s largest movement of change – of and by children and is now in 40 countries!! Some of the Awards conferred on her are the prestigious “INDEX – Design to Improve Life Award”, the “Rockefeller Foundation Youth Innovation Award”, the “Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship 2013” by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the “Asia Game Changer 2015” Award by the Asia Society, U.S.A. In March, 2015, she was amongst the Top 10 Educators, nominated for the Global Teacher Prize – instituted by the Varkey GEMS Foundation. Design for Change was declared Lego Foundation’s “Reimagine Learning Challenge Champion” in 2014 and in 2015, Design for Change won the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award.
This session will explore what it will take to develop global citizens who will reinvent our increasingly interconnected and often troubled world. In a conversation with Kiran Sethi, we will discuss the pressing need for global citizenship, define aspects of global citizenship that are critical to quality education, and take a closer look at what it means in practice through the example of Riverside School, where students are nurtured to become responsible citizens who can impact positive change in society and across the world.
The Design Thinking workshop is intended to provide an encapsulated experience of the design thinking process. During the workshop we will engage in a quick design thinking exercise which helps highlight the difference between designing for and designing with. We will also explore the simple four-step process of Feel, Imagine, Do and Share that will allow you to address challenges, working from the standpoint of empathy.