RB APPROACH & METHODOLOGY

THE 6 PILLARS

"The process of making authentic social contributions begins with experiencing empathy & self-awareness. Knowledge, critical thinking, design thinking and action, support the intent to positively impact and improve individual lives, our world and its conditions." - Lavanya Agarwal

Red Balloon programmes are developmentally appropriate (12-22 years) ; and are designed based on a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory approach that forms a unique programme framework. RB provides a stimulating judgement free space for young people to go through new social-emotional experiences, a place for them to express themselves, learn without stress and apply their learnings to real life. The workshops are mentored by senior arts and design professionals, supported by creative expression facilitators, psychologists, development sector experts and leadership coaches.

 

The experience & process:

The programmes lean on the fundamentals of the Design Thinking Process to navigate the participants through a systematic journey. The experience may be broadly defined as follows:

DESIGN THINKING THE RB WAY

Red Balloon engages young people in an experience which uses the Design Thinking process to achieve its objectives of creating empathetic young individuals, increasing individual and community awareness and nurturing youth leadership. Our unique Design Thinking Model places as much focus on the doer as on the problem & solution. The model includes Empathy, Self Awareness & Hope as important guiding values within the process.

ADVOCACY: A tool for learning & social change

We believe that the sharing or exchange of thoughts and ideas that surface as a result of knowledge synthesis (critical thinking) along with the process of knowledge dissemination to others is itself a highly effective learning tool for young people. This helps them not only internalise but also independently understand the subject. Moreover, advocacy is also a way to create collective awareness, encourage movement and action towards positive change.

 

ARTS FOR IMPACT:

Red Balloon uses Arts, Design and other forms of creative expression as its primary tool to engage its young participants. We believe that creative and artistic engagement enhances the capacity to connect meaningfully with our self and others, and thereby lends itself to building ‘empathetic leaders of tomorrow’.

Creative & Artistic processes encourage & allow:

  • Self discovery and development which is honest, free and enriching

  • Uninhibited creative thinking

  • Activity based Learning

  • Experiential Learning

  • Connecting & sharing with others in an interactive manner

  • Multi sensory learning 

  • Inclusive dialogues

  • The experience of joy and enjoyment

Mediums such as drawing & painting, photography, creative movement, role play, film-making, drama, story telling, creative writing, new media, creative tech solutions and more are used by participants to communicate; as well as give form to their advocacy campaigns. The experiential workshops offers a productive learning and leadership experience in an enjoyable interactive environment. 

SELF

AWARENESS

EMPATHY

KNOWLEDGE

CREATIVITY

LEADERSHIP

POSITIVITY

ENGAGE

EXPRESS

EXPLORE

EXCHANGE

  1. Connect with Self (Authenticity)

  2. Connect with Others (Empathy)

  3. Knowledge enhancement

  4. Critical & Creative thinking

  5. Action (Creation)

  6. Sharing (Fellowship / Leadership)

Core Objectives 

  • Free self expression & self awareness

  • Empathy

  • Individual & collective awareness about social issues.

  • Creative Confidence.

  • Critical thinking.

  • Active participation by the young in social change dialogues and activities.

  • Young Leadership for social change.

  • Fellowship amongst young change makers.​

CREATIVE THINKING

Ideation, Curiosity, Innovation, Visualisation

COGNITIVE SKILLS

Lateral thinking, Critical thinking, System thinking, Problem Solving, Confidence

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Organisational skills, Excellence, Initiative, Decision Making

SOCIAL SKILLS 

Teamwork, Inclusion, Verbal & Non-verbal Communication, Collaboration

EMOTIONAL SKILLS

Mindfulness, Empathy, Self-Awareness, Stress Management, Resilience

Focus on

HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING

We envision a world where the young are empowered to express and lead the way towards a better future.

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Website curated & designed by Lavanya Agarwal