Design Innovation for Children

Design & architecture to foster innovation and empathy in children

Ashoka’s vision is to advance an Everyone a Changemaker world, where anyone can apply the skills of changemaking to solve complex problems. Ashoka’s mission is to support social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society. We believe that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and changemaking to be successful in the modern world.

photo 6On April 30th, Ashoka Silicon Valley hosted social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow Kabir Vajpeyi from India and Mark Basnage, Director of Technology & Innovation at a local Ashoka Changemaker School to speak about innovative ways of designing spaces that help young children become innovators and Changemakers. Stanford Design School Professor, Banny Banerjee, also made some closing remarks about design innovation and education.


Kabir Vajpeyi spoke about the framework he has created to creatively treat space and it’s built elements to make school architecture more conducive to child development. He has effectively convinced state governments to be his champions in India.


MarkMark Basnage spoke about a CoLab they are envisioning designing at Prospect Sierra to enable young and older children in the school to interact and to foster innovation.


The Ashoka Silicon Valley chapter will be exploring synergies between Kabir’s work in India, the SF bay area changemaker schools and will be advised by chapter members on this as well as Stanford Profs from the design school.

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Photo Credit: McKay Savage via Flickr