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Stories Led by the Children

Create spaces for children that are conducive to open dialogue. That is how children are able to give voice to their opinions and ideas. This also enables them to explore and break down complex challenges.


Focus on the User

The judges also look for evidence of children engaging with their community to understand needs and perspectives while dealing with the challenge at hand.


Thinking Beyond the Obvious

Generate a large variety of ideas, and select those that directly fulfil the needs of the people the children are designing change for. Students should try to think beyond obvious answers like raising money or conducting a rally.


Know the Impact

It is important for the children to go out and collect statistics and feedback from the community once their act of change has been completed.


The Change Within

At the end, the judges like to see how the children have changed their attitude by talking, drawing and writing about it.


Quality of Sharing

There are points allotted for sharing the story of change with as many people as possible in as many different ways as possible.


The stories submitted for the School Challenge undergo an intensive Jury process for evaluation. The DFC Jury comprises of designers and social entrepreneurs from all across the globe.

The evaluation is done in two stages: 

Stage 1: Online Evaluation

The DFC Jury goes through each and every entry and marks it on the basis of: 
  1. FEEL: Demonstration of the understanding of other's needs
    Higher scores should show the ways the children went out to directly understand the needs of others.
  2. IMAGINE: Connecting needs to ideas
    Higher scores should show a broad range of relevant ideas.
  3. DO: Successful implementation of the vision
    It's essential that the team implemented their vision. Did they implement their idea? Do you show it in action?
  4. SHARE: Demonstration of change for community and personal change 
    The submission should show the effect or impact on the community. The submission should also have evidence of any change that the students feel in their own lives as a result of having done this, if any. Any other unexpected results.
 This process helps the jury select 200 stories that go through stage 2 of the evaluation.
Stage 2 : Jury Meet

The DFC Jury meets at the Riverside School, Ahmedabad for two days to go through the two hundred stories and select the Top 100 stories.

This is a very intense selection process and each jury member goes through the stories several times before the final winners' list is prepared.

Our Jury Members: 

poonam bir Kasturi   Madhav chavan   Amit Krishn Gulati   Arathi Abraham
Ashish Deshpande   Bala Mahajan   Deepak Patadia   Amit Sheth
Praveen Nair   Rashmi Sethi Korjan   vinita   Anusha Yadav
Prakash Nair   Sonal Dabral   George Mathew   Harun Robert


Anando Dutta   Olga Trusova   Nishma Pandit   Adam Royalty
Christian Long   Jim Ratcliffe   Le Trung   Sandy Speicher
William   Santayan Sengupta    



What is a good Design for Change story? 



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