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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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.

Village regeneration through infrastructure improvement

Village regeneration through infrastructure imp...

To create community cohesion, participation and buy in from the wider community. To create a shared vision to address local dereliction, parking, walking, birdwatching, by implementing an economic priority for the local community first.

River and lakeshore amenity development

River and lakeshore amenity development

Development of walkways around river and lakeshore areas. Incorporating biodiversity and water protection measures

Celebrating and Safeguarding our Ancient Landscapes and Histories

Celebrating and Safeguarding our Ancient Landsc...

It's been widely reported that vandalism of Neolithic tombs is an increasing problem across Sligo. A visitor centre on our ancient landscapes could serve a variety of purposes - job creation, education opportunities for local schools, drawcard for tourists, and a way to publicise the importance of the sites and the need to protect them. It could be both a way fundraise for action and a central hub for the groups that are working towards greater education about, and protection of, Sligo landscapes and all its associated stories.

Kiltyclogher - A vibrant and sustainable future - Kilty Alive

Kiltyclogher - A vibrant and sustainable future...

This challenge will help to develop and sustain the many unique aspects of Kiltyclogher village, its community, and surrounding rural area.

Social Enterprise - Reducing Costs and Generating Income

Social Enterprise - Reducing Costs and Generati...

This Course will support and mentor social enterprises throughout Donegal to plan and develop for sustainability in the wake of the COVID pandemic. It is vital but challenging for social enterpises to generate income while doing the most with what they have available. The restrictions potentially offer time to plan and strategise methods and new routes for operating, generating income, focussing resources and planning for the future. Design Thinking will help you approach these matters in a new way, allowing you to generate creative solutions and problem solve efficiently. The process can also be applied to other challenges in the future.’

Paperwork and Red Tape

Paperwork and Red Tape

Policies & complying with Charities Code Compliance Record Form on a voluntary basis!!!

The Tain Walkway

The Tain Walkway

Creating a Walkway from Ardee to Dundalk through Tallanstown, Louth Village and Knockbridge using the historic Tain Trail as a guide

Encourage and enable street art, trails and tours throughout Monaghan

Encourage and enable street art, trails and tou...

Encourage street art, art trails and tours throughout Monaghan to increase visitors, tourism, culture and more. Electric box art, look at Dublin Canvas, by local and or national and international artists Murals, look at Waterford Walls festival = Monaghan's Murals Could result in an art trail incorporating murals and or electric box art work and Patrick Kavanagh existing trail plus more Or a Monaghan's Murals festival showcasing artwork

Develop Monaghan Sports and Sport Culture Strategic Plan

Develop Monaghan Sports and Sport Culture Strat...

Develop Monaghan Sports and Sport Culture Strategic Plan Could consider and incorporate the findings of the upcoming/recent Get Girls Active Hackathon event www.sportireland.ie/ga/node/9305 And in view of this January 2021 research report on getting girls active www.sportireland.ie/sites/default/files/media/document/2021-01/girls-get-active-research-report.pdf Incorporate the actions of National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 and in Sport Ireland's Strategy Statement

Food Growers Network & Strategy in Monaghan

Food Growers Network & Strategy in Monaghan

Connecting consumers with the county's growers, and connecting growers with one another. Expand on the existing (?) Monaghan Food Network between restaurants and food producers in the North Monaghan area https://localprevention.ie/monaghan-county-council-supports-monaghan-food-network/ and make it a county wide effort. Create a new strategy? - the last one was 2017-2020. A community supported approach to agriculture is required as many farmers do not have the time for the admin side of things. Food poverty needs to be addressed too. Could we introduce food subsidies similar to medical subsidies for those on social welfare? Offer social food credit, can only be spent on locally grown or produced food? Ensure balanced focus on veg growing alongside meat production; there's a lot of emphasis on meat and dairy. Promote seasonal consumption.

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