design ed 4 Resilience:

building efficacy & CREATIng  confidence in youth and the communities they inhabit

We believe that lifelong education grounded in the skills and mindsets of 'real-world' problem solving is the most powerful lever

we have to heal, create, and connect more equitable, sustainable, and resilient communities, and to help young people navigate the world with purpose, curiosity and joy.

"I used to hate school because it made no sense. Now I feel like I can use it to make a difference."                                                                  --Escuela FMC Bayamón student, 2018

We ask: How might schools and universities help students and their communities to deploy their strengths and future-ready skills to thrive in an age of transformative challenges and climate disaster readiness and recovery?  How can we help our institutions and systems to adapt to changing needs and demands?

We provide: place-based face-to-face and virtual training and mentorship in design thinking for educators of all kinds, and consultation for organizations and teams seeking change, bridging research and practice in education and community resilience. 

Maggie Favretti
  • DesignEd4Resilience founder
  • Award-winning educator
  • Change catalyst and Program Designer
  • Inspiring innovator and facilitator

Design Ed 4 Resilience Team includes :

Christine Boyer, expert in k-6 design thinking and making.

Stephan Schweighofer, expert in cross-cultural interaction

Linda Holcman, business development leader and founder, What's Next Ventures

Docutribe, using the power of storytelling, filmmaking and technology to transform communities and to create social good.

Jacob Chu, Web Designer

Maggie Favretti, a Yale-and Middlebury-educated cultural historian, has spent 35 years happily helping her students to ask, “what is our education preparing us for?” and “what is ‘the box’ and how did I get in it?”   Maggie has won scholarship and teaching awards from three professional historical organizations (WHA, AHA, OAH), a national organization of bankers (Sallie Mae Foundation Teacher of the Year), and a national organization of student leaders (21st-century Teacher of the Year).  She has been recognized by President Obama for her work in environmental education, and by the Sousa Mendes Foundation’s Freedom Award for her work facilitating the next generation of rescuers, Students for Refugees.  By far her greatest joy has been devising opportunities for students (and teacher-facilitators) to tap into their innate creativity, resourcefulness, and collaboration across disciplines, using design thinking to solve complex problems in their own communities and beyond ( 


Maggie was honored to be a special guest of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine during their listening tour about Measuring Resilience. The best honor of all was to be invited to Puerto Rico by the American School Superintendents Assoc. to assist by means of education in disaster recovery and resilience.  As an expert in educational frameworks and collaborations (k-16+), Maggie uses design thinking to empower students and their communities to thrive by enhancing their skills, deepening their knowledge, and shifting the paradigm to youth partnership in making their world more sustainable, equitable, resilient and happy.  Her current research interests include the ethics of time in leadership decision-making, anti-colonial practices in youth and teacher empowerment, the role of efficacy and creative confidence in climate change adaptation/mitigation capacity, and the impact on and role of teachers in disaster response and recovery.


Mystic, CT 06355


Tel: +1-914-462-2857 cell

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