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.

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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.

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

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?

Tropical mini zoo – butterflies, reptile, snakes, spiders, meercats

Tropical mini zoo – butterflies, reptile, snake...

Idea from Monaghan Farmer's Market - Tropical mini zoo – butterflies, reptile, snakes, spiders, meercats

Music in Monaghan

Music in Monaghan

Ideas from Monaghan Farmer's Market - Designated busking area to showcase local talent and create a buzz in the town - Outdoor piano – to encourage creativity!

Airbnb for empty kitchens & Shared outdoor street food area

Airbnb for empty kitchens & Shared outdoor stre...

Ideas from Monaghan Farmer's Market - Airbnb for empty kitchens, Shared outdoor street food area. Could come under the broader theme of Food in the county *Image by Streatyard at Streatyard, a seasonal and temporary outdoor eating area in Corcaghan, outside of Monaghan Town

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Using the Masterplan to Develop the Sliabh Beagh Area

Using the Masterplan to Develop the Sliabh Beag...

Funding is needed to develop the area. The Sliabh Beagh area is a beautiful amenity in North Monaghan that has been underdeveloped and underfunded. The Sliabh Beagh Masterplan has been created with ideas to develop and enhance the area. These ideas need funding to be progressed.

Jobs

Jobs

High end jobs presently are in the cities. Could some of these be distributed throughout the island?

Keeping towns and villages viable

Keeping towns and villages viable

Finding new uses for closed up buildings attracting more people to live work and spend time locally

Diversification opportunities for farmers

Diversification opportunities for farmers

What non-agricultural or novel enterprise opportunities available to farmers

Creating infrastructure to develop sustainable craft enterprises in rural communities

Creating infrastructure to develop sustainable...

The last factory within the village was a guinness bottling facility that closed in the 1990s. We identified a pressing need for collective workspaces for the many creatives that live in the village. Creatives include; ceramic artists woodworkers, bakers, designers, furniture makers, antique restorers, textile workers, web designers. Despite living in a small village covid-19 lockdown has highlighted the massive potential of online sales and the support that is shown to Irish businesses by buying local. Creating a craft quarter in kiltyclogher could not only drive light manufacturing but also supply back to the local tourism industry. With higher footfall, ancillary services would be needed, including a cafe and craft shop that would also greatly benefit the community in its social aspects.

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