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
Connecting & sharing with others in an interactive manner
Multi sensory learning
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.
Connect with Self (Authenticity)
Connect with Others (Empathy)
Critical & Creative thinking
Sharing (Fellowship / Leadership)
Free self expression & self awareness
Individual & collective awareness about social issues.
Active participation by the young in social change dialogues and activities.
Young Leadership for social change.
Fellowship amongst young change makers.