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.

Roll over a Challenge for more details. Click to go to the Challenge and like it or leave a comment.

Click to go to the Challenge and like it or leave a comment.

Digital Inclusion

Digital Inclusion

Encourage and reimagine existing rural spaces such as community halls, parish houses, clubhouses etc as digital hubs. These spaces can install / improve wifi and or utilise the connection more effectively. Local people can learn digital skills here and much more, enhancing their skillset and reducing digital and physical isolation.

Climate Change

Climate Change

To inform communities on how to act effectively and quickly to protect local habitats, sustain and build on urban green areas and provide community garden spaces and bring programmes into schools to teach how communities can make changes to protect their local environments and lobby government to effect bigger changes.

Rural Decline

Rural Decline

The population in many rural communities in our county continues to decline. This impact on community services, on social and economic activity in our villages and towns is noticeable and significant. There are a number of reasons for it and some are policy related. Communities can respond to help stop and reverse this.

Improve Rural Attractivness

Improve Rural Attractivness

Our county is mainly rural and like all rural areas, we need to maintain and increase the levels of people living in our rural areas. If populations decline, a spiral of decline can commense - less people living in the area can lead to a decrease in public services, which in turn leads to less people being willing and interested in living in the area. Many young people leave reural areas for further education and to explore the world. But how can we balance this and ensure our rural communities continue to grow and become sustainable. Attracting people to choose to live and work in our communities is been seen as one possible solution. But whats the best way to achieve this?

Climate Change - Just Transition

Climate Change - Just Transition

Climate Change presents many challenges to our communities. But the impacts can be more profound for those on the margins. For example, a carbon tax on fuel impacts all, but the more well off can afford the higher fuel costs and or can better afford to invest in alternative heating solutions.

Reduce isolation in older people

Reduce isolation in older people

Lots of older people across our communities are feeling lonely

Setup community transport for outlying villages around the county towns

Setup community transport for outlying villages...

A regular shuttle bus that is free for oaps and children to get them into towns with an app to tell you location of bus or to request pickups/dropoffs

Attract young families to the area

Attract young families to the area

What can we create make the region attractive to young families?

Coordinate when festivals happen across the region

Coordinate when festivals happen across the region

Bring all festival organisers together

Make design more accessible to everyone

Make design more accessible to everyone

Open up ideas in heritage buildings

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