Challenge Bank

Do you have a Challenge in your area that you think could be solved through Design Thinking? Take the next step in your Challenger journey by adding it to the bank!

Courses will be based on the Challenges that people like you, across the region, feel need fresh and innovative thinking. To do this, we’re asking everyone to submit the Challenges that they’d like to tackle collaboratively.

Like and comment on other people's Challenges to show support and increase its chance of being included in a Course. You can filter Challenges by county or category.

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Enhance the Carlingford to Omeath Greenway with the rich local history and stories.

Enhance the Carlingford to Omeath Greenway with...

This challenge has come from discussion in the North Louth Idea Generation Workshop on the 30th June 2021. The aim of this Design Thinking workshop is to facilitate interested participants from the local area of Cooley Peninsula who are passionate about improving the Greenway experience for their local community and visitors alike. This group will be facilitated in generating ideas and solutions in tackling this challenge and working towards the goal of enriching the experience for all.

Create a Cooley Camino Walk

Create a Cooley Camino Walk

This challenge came from the North Louth Idea Generation workshop held on June 30th 2021. The aim of the Design Thinking course would be to facilitate interested participants in working on creating a Cooley Camino Walk, in and around the Carlingford Lough, Omeath area, mountains and surrounds.

Restore King John’s Castle gardens and install a coffee dock

Restore King John’s Castle gardens and install ...

This challenge came from the North Louth Idea Generation Workshop on the 30th June 2021. The purpose of this Design Thinking course will be to facilitate interested participants from Carlingford and surrounds who would like to generate ideas and solutions to restoring king John's Castle gardens and include a coffee dock onsite.

Community Gardens and Allotments in North County Louth

Community Gardens and Allotments in North Count...

The purpose of this Design Thinking course is to facilitate interested participants who are passionate about creating community gardens and allotments in their local community in North County Louth which would create opportunities for meeting, socialising and growing organic fruit and vegetables to sustain their families and communities.

A Discussion Forum for local issues are needed in North County Louth

A Discussion Forum for local issues are needed ...

This challenge came out of the North Louth Idea Generation Workshop on the 30th of June. The purpose of this Design Thinking course will be to facilitate interested participants who want to generate ideas and solutions to what is the best way to host a Discussion Forum in North Co. Louth.

Low Cost Activities for Children of all Ages Needed in North Co. Louth

Low Cost Activities for Children of all Ages Ne...

This challenge came out of the North Louth Idea Generation Workshop held on the 30th June 2021. The purpose of this Design Thinking workshop is to bring like minded people together who are passionate about creating a better community experience for families who would like to see more choices of low cost activities for children of all ages in North County Louth. This group will come together and generate ideas and solutions on how to achieve this goal.

Artisan Foods of Monaghan

Artisan Foods of Monaghan

Establishment of a Collective Food Network of Micro and Artisan Food Producers in County Monaghan with the aim of developing, aiding and supporting the artisan food sector in County Monaghan

Attracting new Board and Committee Members

Attracting new Board and Committee Members

I hear from a lot of community groups and organisations they find it hard to attract new members and new people to come onto Boards and committee and take on responsibilities for the running of the group! How can they overcome this challenge?

Men's shed

Men's shed

Setting up a men's shed in muirhevnamor

Knowledge and Skills for Circular Economy

Knowledge and Skills for Circular Economy

Educate about why we need to transition from linear to circular economy. Develop a market place for materials for the circular economy.

West Cavan Revitalisation

West Cavan Revitalisation

Attracting people to live and work remotely in West Cavan.

Learn Irish Sign Language

Learn Irish Sign Language

We would love to see ISL classes delivered locally in Monaghan. They would give deaf and hard of hearing people the opportunity to mix in the community

Restoring hedgerows for climate and biodiversity benefits

Restoring hedgerows for climate and biodiversit...

Hedgerows are homes for birds and mammals, support pollinators, shelter livestock from cold and heat, absorb carbon, prevent sediment entering watercourses, and are often last spots where you will see spring woodland flowers. Widespread removal and intensive management is reducing their coverage and benefits. Challenge is to find a way with landowners, communities and others to join together to create a real network of healthy hedgerows stretching across the region.

Wells for Community Connection

Wells for Community Connection

To develop exsisting and new places /opportunities for social connection in meaningful ways. Traditionally communities where more dependent on each other and more curious to connect (less distractions) The local community well was a meeting spot for clean water. Meeting at the well and other meeting spots created strong connections. As did the mode of transport ie walking and cycling created opportunities to stop and acknowledge each other. Recreating this type of transport initiative in rural Ireland like electric bikes initatives would help the actions to reduce climate change / and involve tech solutions re the security and charging points as secondary aims. The primary simple aims are social engagement in health promoting initiatives through meeting places as a result of meaningful regular activity.

Build Compassionate Connected Communities

Build Compassionate Connected Communities

Build community with training in Asset Based Community Development or similar model Promotion of compassionate connected community including groups and organisations and help them realise their potential to promote health and wellbeing ( 8 dimensions of wellbeing: intellectual wellbeing, occupational wellbeing, environmental wellbeing, relational wellbeing, physical wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, spiritual wellbeing, financial wellbeing)

Mental Health space

Mental Health space

to create a space where people experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety or depression can go to just "be". A safe space with a calming relaxing atmosphere, where people can just sit and be relaxed or complete a jigsaw, read a book, do some colouring in a colouring book, listen to some relaxing music on headphones or interact and chat with another person, their choice, no pressure. No professionals or therapists, just ordinary people who can listen without judgement or advice.

Funding for dedicated Eating Disorder services

Funding for dedicated Eating Disorder services

more dedicated treatment services for people with eating disorders and more funding for these services. better awareness of the services that do exist too. during covid19, it's reported that there's been a 66% rise in eating disorder hospital admissions.

Farm to Fork

Farm to Fork

To provide support to evaluate the possibilities for small farmers to reposition their value in the rural community. To add value to existing farm produce, to share resources to ensure ongoing and shared production of local produce with an outlet for sales, marketing, research and development.

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