Design 4 impact (D4i) brings design thinking to k-12 education
What we do
D4i design challenges are events that can vary from an hour to a week in length where students are taken through the design thinking process in an effort to create a solution that addresses one of the UN's sustainable development goals
We host various Social Innovation events throughout the year, bringing together students, educators, social ventures, community stakeholders, and political activists. Our public events showcase youth design and social innovation, and encourage the exchange of ideas through design challenges, workshops, panel discussions, and pitches.
D4i develops curriculum and toolkits for educators to bring design thinking into their classrooms. We create easy-to-use decks, video tutorials, and compile online resources to help teachers turn students into change-makers. D4i offers consulting and professional development services for schools, administrators, and organizations interested in design thinking and social innovation.
Student-Led D4i Clubs
At Design 4 Impact, our model is designed to scale. Through our interest in spreading design thinking, we help form the creation of D4i Chapters, where any school or group of students can adopt their own D4i branded club.
We teach our team and others to come up with innovative solutions for social or environmental problems by guiding them through a human-centered problem-solving process called design thinking. Design thinking uses the following steps:
We engage stakeholders to tackle real-world problems within our communities.
We provide students with the necessary skills to be changemakers in their community.
We offer business opportunities for collaborative problem solving with members of the community.
Who we work with
D4i’s social innovation takes place at the intersection of Community, Education, and Industry.
Design thinking is the glue between all disciplines.
/ Arne Van Oosterom
“If you practice design thinking enough, it becomes ingrained in the way you approach problem-solving or coming up with real solutions that are actually serving the people we are designing for.”
- Fiona Jasper, Class of 2020