What is GÜÇ BENDE and Design For Change?

Design for Change (DFC) is the largest global movement empowering students to create change in their local and global communities. GÜÇ BENDE! is Turkish partner of DFC World equips students with the tools to be aware of the world around them, believe that they play a role in shaping that world, and take action toward a more desirable, sustainable future. Design for Change supports young people to create change by fostering the ‘I can‘ mindset.

Design for Change offers teachers a platform to support students to use design, creative and innovative thinking linked with the curriculum and global issues.

Today, the DFC movement is in 40 countries from Australia to Venezuela and now, GÜÇ BENDE! will introduce Design for Change to TURKEY.

How does it work?

Design for Change offers a simple 4-step design process of Feel-Imagine-Do-Share, which develops the values of empathy, ethics, engagement and elevation. Find below the so called 4 magic steps.

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1 - FEEL

Young people observe and list the issues in their community that bother them.
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2 - IMAGINE

By brainstorming and working together, they imagine a solution that just might work.
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3 - DO

Through planning and action, they bring that solution to life and cause change.
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4 - SHARE

They share their story of change and inspire others to get involved or do their own project.

Who is Design for Change for?

Design for Change is a flexible pedagogy that can be adapted into many learning contexts and environments. It can support whole school involvement or be used with a group as small as five children. And it doesn’t have to be confined to the classroom setting: Design for Change can work well as a project for an after school club or even as something for families to do at home.

IMPACT of Design for Change

Design For Change has been conducting continuous studies to reaffirm the impact of the FIDS approach on the holistic development of children

The Good Project, a research initiative under Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been affiliated with Design for Change (DFC) for several years. As two groups sharing similar interests in youth development – specifically, encouraging young people to “do good”, we benefit from being thought partners for and supporters of each other’s work. The Good Project has been able to utilize its expertise in studying ethical thinking and designing curriculum materials to assess the impact of DFC’s educational programs.

Design for Change along with The GoodWork project and supported by DContinum conducted a research to gauge the impact of what were the attitudinal shifts and the skills inculcated through DFC. Feel free to download the full research powerpoint done with the teachers, students and principals from here (harvard-research-summary).