Framing matters a lot.
One frame shift we have often emphasize for students is that they aren’t planning to do a project. They are doing a project. Right now.
Too often, they are in school mode and give a final presentation saying “after ten weeks, I decided that I plan to do x, y and z.” As an unknowing audience member you might wonder, “So in 10 weeks, all you did was make a decision?”
No! Of course not. But students need that reframe. They’ve done so much and earned the ability to say “I’m doing x, y, z.” They’ve interviewed people, mapped the problem, prototyped, told stories and more.
They are not planning on becoming changemakers. They already are.