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Vijaya Chikermane


Vijaya is the Founder and Director of 7.10 Stories, a consultancy that specializes in creative models of knowledge mobilization for socially conscious organizations and projects.  At 7.10 Stories we forge learning pathways by visually and emotively connecting with people through art and storytelling. Vijaya has over 15 years of experience in health and gender equity work, public education, resource development and community engagement. Prior to 7.10, she was the Executive Director at the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) , a community health organization in Toronto, Canada, She has also worked in the literacy  and education sector as a Knowledge Exchange Consultant and has led youth-based Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Vijaya hold a graduate degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and is trained in research methods, arts-based engagement, design thinking, transmedia storytelling and facilitation. She believes in exploring diverse models of communication and is always learning of new ways to transform complex data into simple meaningful messages. To know more please visit



Future Learning

26 February 2019 | 15:00 - 15:30 | English | Cultivating Student Changemakers in Higher Education

Higher education seeks innovative tools to nurture students to become effective leaders and changemakers. As design educators at Zayed University, Dubai, we believe empowering youth as “changemakers” is a critical endeavour. We have developed and delivered a social innovation model, based on preliminary impact data, this model has considerable potential to be shared and scaled. Participants will learn the co-designing process that led to the model. We will facilitate interactive activities to walk through a framework that explores the systemic relationships between self and society, introduce tools used in an immersive program, and share the storytelling techniques used to capture this transformative process. This imaginative and flexible social innovation model can encourage institutions in higher education to explore their full potential to innovate current curriculum. We believe this will cultivate student changemakers and further transdisciplinary learning environments.