Kiran Bir Sethi is an Indian designer, educationist, education reformer, and social
entrepreneur. With a degree in visual communication from the National Institute of Design,
Ahmedabad, she ran a flourishing design practice, but it was when her children started going to
school that Sethi recognised her true calling -putting design thinking into education.
Dismayed by the unfriendly and rigid practices in schools, she founded the award winning
Riverside School in Ahmedabad that focuses on empowering children with the I CAN
MINDSET – nourished with humane values. She then founded aProCh ( an initiative to make
our cities more child friendly ) and finally Design for Change which is today the largest
movement of change – for and by the children. Today, DFC is in more than 50 countries – and
children use the simple design thinking framework of Feel/ Imagine / Do/Share to design
solutions for some of their greatest challenges.
Her most recent venture is the Riverside Learning Center which offers training programmes
to empower schools across the world to become ‘I CAN SCHOOLS’ by using the codified
processes from Riverside.
Over the years, Kiran, Riverside and Design for Change have won several accolades and Awards,
and some of the most recent ones are: HundrEd.org selecting Design for Change into the Hall of
Fame, The Earth Prize, the Rockefeller Innovation Award, The Lego Remagine Award, The Lexus
prize, was The Top 10 Global Teacher nominee and the Light of Freedom Award.
Born in Bangalore, India, Sethi comes from a family of designers. She lives in Ahmedabad with
her 2 children, Raag and Jazz and her husband, Geet. She loves life, dark chocolate and Govinda