I CAN MINDSET
The I CAN Mindset is important because Children do not need permission to make the world a better place.
The I CAN MINDSET composed of 4 simple steps (FIDS) - FEEL, IMANGINE, DO, SHARE, which equips every child to be AWARE of the world around them, ENABLED with the skills to take action and EMPOWERED to design a more desirable and sustainable future- TODAY!
Think from your Heart
The first step towards making change happen is to try to understand how people feel.
Look at your surroundings closely. Observe things that bother you (hot spots).
Create a map of your observations - map your world through these :
What you SEE (eg. furniture, spaces, garbage etc.)
What you FEEL (eg. bullying, exam pressure, etc.)
What you HEAR (eg. language, discrimination, etc.)
Share your observations with the team & vote for the one situation
that you would all like to see changed.
After selecting the issue, dig deeper to understand it better. Here are some questions that will help you do this.
WHEN does it happen?
WHERE does it happen?
WHO is being affected?
3. DIG DEEPER
Now, go and talk to people who are involved and affected by the situation.
The clearer we can IMAGINE it,
the better we can DO it!
All ideas are good ideas...don’t shy away from the wild ones.
Build on the ideas of others – use the word ‘and’ instead of ‘but’.
Illustrate your ideas for better clarity.
Some tips to consider.
1. BRAINSTORMING TOOLS
Is your solution...
- Bold in nature ?
- Easy to replicate ?
- Long lasting ?
- Impacting maximum number of people ?
Vote for the ideas that best address each part of the situation to ‘design for change’.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Try to think beyond the first or ‘obvious’ solution and collect as many ideas from as many people as possible.
Consider the following while planning:
What resources will be required?
What is the budget?
How will you get the money?
How many people will be required?
How much time will it take?
How will you document your work?
Go out and put your plan in to action. YES, YOU CAN!
What 3 things did you learn about the situation?
What 2 things did you learn about your team-mates?
What 1 thing did you learn about yourself?
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Try and reach out to organizations or professionals working in your area of concern. Ask your teachers for
help in contacting them and partnering with them.
"I CAN! Now You Can too!"
Sharing your story with the world will inspire other children to say I CAN!
Share your story with us at challenge.dfcworld.com. Please follow the submission guidelines given on the site.
You can either submit a photo story or a video story. Fill in the questions of every step and upload photos for each step in photo story or just paste the youtube link of your video in case of the video story.
Here are some ideas to spread the magic of your story :
When Children are PREPARED,
the World one day, will no longer need to be REPAIRED.
The DFC team will be constantly available to advise and support. If you feel stuck or require more resources, you only need to ask. You may schedule a time for a Meet@Google or ask us via email