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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Recruiting new members & volunteers

Recruiting new members & volunteers

We will be undertaking a major redevelopment of Letterkenny Community Centre over the next number of years and require new volunteers and board and committee members to help.

Simple Bi-lingualism symbolism (Irish language/heritage,) as core rural/economy/tourism accelerator

Simple Bi-lingualism symbolism (Irish language/...

The history, heritage, culture of Irish family and place names could be leveraged by many Innovating Community project challenges. Symbolism is powerful, transforming ordinary story lines into remarkable narratives. Border counties have both Anglo and Gaelic stories to tell, two facets. Innovation is the goal. The cultural popularity of Breaking Bad (two personas in one) and Game of Thrones (borrows heavily from the Irish "Book of Invasions") is proof re-visualizing our landscape/projects with bi-lingual/cultural bias has merit. Bi-bilingualism as symbolic principle in signage is a start. Over time we can develop great products and enhanced story lines by tapping our rich Anglo and Gaelic Irish heritage. Innovation happens everywhere, from simple ideas. Note: I am working alone on some Digital Heritage Development ideas, so would love to work with others to explore ideas to embrace Gaelic Irish heritage, not ignore it.

A Community Based Landscape Vision for the Protection and Renewal of the Pettigoe Plateau.

A Community Based Landscape Vision for the Prot...

This large upland area in south Donegal contains some of the best natural, cultural and heritage landscapes in the country. The course would aim to bring people together to learn about this unique landscape, what the threats and opportunities are, and to then establish a vision for this unique area, much of it still in a semi-wilderness state in the year 2021. The challenge would be to involve local landowners including farmers and forestry companies; local comunities and people living on or bordering the plateau such as the villages of Pettigo, Laghey and Ballintra, and all local groups/national agencies who collectively have an interest in taking environmental/economic issues effecting the area seriously - while exploring the opportunities such a plan could create in enhancing and restoring these uplands over the coming decades.

A community space for activities

A community space for activities

Challenge raised at the Idea Generation Workshop for Ballybay- A community space for activities

Repurposing old buildings in the town

Repurposing old buildings in the town

Challenge raised at Idea Generation Workshop for Ballybay - Repurposing old buildings in the town

Lack of youth activities in Ballybay

Lack of youth activities in Ballybay

Challenge raised at the Idea Generation Workshop for Ballybay- Lack of youth activities in Ballybay

Communication and Marketing of Ballybay, or lack of it, for residents / potential residents / visito

Communication and Marketing of Ballybay, or lac...

Challenge raised at the Idea Generation Workshop for Ballybay- Communication and Marketing of Ballybay, or lack of it, for residents / potential residents / visitors and more How can we tackle this?

Outdoor sports club like badminton, basketball, cricket, etc. in Monaghan

Outdoor sports club like badminton, basketball,...

Idea from Monaghan Farmer's Market - Outdoor sports club like badminton, basketball, cricket, etc.

Dog friendly play and activity area

Dog friendly play and activity area

Idea from Monaghan Farmer's Market - Dog friendly play and activity area A “feline/canine” design strategy for Monaghan?

Biking in Monaghan

Biking in Monaghan

Ideas from Monaghan Farmer's Market; -Rossmore Terrain / Mountain Biking / Dirt path tracks (rather than the trail paths being created at present) -Bike rental like Dublin

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Ideas from Monaghan Farmer's Market - Breast feeding pods with cosy seats and changing area Can we Design Think Breastfeeding? Our attitudes to it?

Raw Materials in Monaghan for artistic use

Raw Materials in Monaghan for artistic use

An idea from the Monaghan Idea Generation Workshop on the theme of Arts; A number of raw materials that could be used by artists can be found in County Monaghan. For instance, deep yellow clay from Glaslough was used in Lisgoa pottery, which supplied earthenware to all the fairs and markets in the county and a fine clay found near Carnmore, Sliabh Beagh was sold to the potteries in Dundalk. Yellow and red ochre, lead, manganese and other minerals used for pigments are also found in the county. It would be great to make use of these to replace imported materials.

Irish Language representation in the Arts in Monaghan

Irish Language representation in the Arts in Mo...

An idea from the Monaghan Idea Generation Workshop on the theme of Arts; I’d love to see the Irish language represented more in the arts, even in simple things like using Irish routinely at openings or when introducing performances. Use it or lose it, as they say. The language community cannot exist in isolation and it would much benefit from more integration with the arts community.

Living Arts Trail in Monaghan

Living Arts Trail in Monaghan

An idea from the Monaghan Idea Generation Workshop on the theme of Arts; A living arts trail, where artists created work or performed at well-spaced sites in one of the forests or open spaces of the county, would also be great to see. Visitors could move around at safe distance from others and watch/interact with the artists.

Design Think Water Safety

Design Think Water Safety

Sadly, there have been a lot of drownings and water accidents happening in Monaghan and along the border region, and beyond, recently with the good weather which is really sad. There’s jetties popping up throughout the county but not so much in safety measures it seems Could we bring people together in communities to design think water safety? It’s unfortunately really topical but also so important to address in as many ways we can to reach a solution of some sort See this 'Design Jam tackles water safety in the Great Lakes' www.michigandaily.com/news/academics/design-jam-tackles-water-safety-great-lakes-0/

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.

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.

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.

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