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Summer Series: Design Thinking for Solving Global Challenges – FULLY BOOKED!

Start Date: 25/06/2019 End Date: 26/06/2019

Event Location: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios,
5-9 Temple Bar,
Dublin 2

IDEA is running a two-day train-the-trainer workshop on Design Thinking for Solving Global Challenges, 26-27 June, in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Each day will run from 9am-5:30pm.

The aim of this training workshop is to empower Development Education/Global Citizenship Education practitioners to use ‘Design Thinking’ in their work. Design Thinking is a mindset and human-centred approach to develop and deliver innovative ideas, change and solutions to complicated problems. It is an activity-based process with a strong emphasis on teamwork and co-creation. There is a growing interest in Design Thinking as a new and innovative approach to understand and address global challenges. If you want to see how Design Thinking can impact the world of education, please click here.

The workshop will be facilitated by two Design Thinking experts from Design Thinkers Academy Amsterdam (Global Head Office). It is the one of the leading ‘design-driven’ innovation agencies, represented in 25 countries and train, develop and facilitate multidisciplinary teams and communities to drive positive change. They have worked with varied clients, including companies, governments and NGOs.

Day 1 will focus on an introduction to Design Thinking. Participants will learn about the principles and mindsets that underpin Design Thinking such as learning-by-doing, empathy and co-creation. They will also experience the Design Thinking process by working on a hands-on challenge and using various Design Thinking tools and methods.

Day 2 will focus on the use of Design Thinking in facilitation. Participants will be asked to co-create and facilitate a Design Thinking workshop. This will give them immediate experience of implementing Design Thinking and also an opportunity to reflect how Design Thinking can be used in their own work. The workshop co-created by participants will become part of the forum IDEA is organising this September, in partnership with Business in the Community Northern Ireland, to bring business leaders together with civil society groups to explore solutions to global challenges and discuss cross-sector partnership opportunities. More details about the forum to follow soon.

Cost: €100 for members of IDEA and €200 for non-members. A general 2-day Design Thinking course usually costs over €1,500 per person. So, don’t miss out this great opportunity! The fee includes participation in both days of the training workshop, lunch as well as Design Thinking templates and tools to take away for each participant. A certificate of attendance will also be handed out after the workshop.

The workshop will be limited to 20 people only, so that maximum interaction is possible. Therefore, we will prioritise IDEA members, especially for those who are active in Development Education/Global Citizenship Education facilitation work.

To register, or find out more, please contact Ji at by 18 June.

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Summer Series: How to Podcast & Tell Audio Stories

Start Date: 16/06/2019 End Date: 16/06/2019

Event Location: Windmill Lane Recording Studios,
20 Ringsend Road,
Dublin 4

As part of our summer series, IDEA is running a workshop on How to Podcast & Tell Audio Stories, Monday, 17 June, 10.00am – 4.30pm, Windmill Lane Recording Studios, 20 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4.

In this one day workshop, award winning content makers Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Athena Media, will take you through a podcasting 101 session on what you need to set up a podcast. They will help you understand how to find and tell audio stories, how to record, and how to use simple edit tools, as well as how to release your stories online in an easy and cost effective manner.

You will cover:

  • What's a podcast? And why do we love them?
  • What are the most popular formats and genres?
  • What do you need to get started? You will be shown hand held recorders like Zoom H4 and introduced to sound recording, microphones and setting up a mini studio.
  • How do you find and tell audio stories?
  • How do you shape an interview?
  • You will be introduced to Audacity and the basics of thinking about editing.
  • How do you release and host your podcast? You will be introduced to platforms like Anchor which distribute your podcast to 10 platforms including Spotify and iTunes.
  • Why you still need visual content for audio stories and how to think about your website working with your podcast.
  • You become a publisher when you release a podcast so what are the legal and consent issues you need to be aware of?
  • Content management, monitoring and measuring the success of your podcast.
  • Marketing and social media
  • Wrap and recap.

At the end of the one day workshop session you should have a clear understanding of podcasting and the basic tools and techniques needed to create one. 

This workshop is open to IDEA members only

Cost is €30 (€50 for 2 people from the same organisation) and €10 for unwaged or student members. Lunch is included.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Please Note Address: venue is NOT on Windmill Lane but at 20 Ringsend Road.  

To register please contact

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IDEA AGM & Conference 2019

Start Date: 05/06/2019 End Date: 05/06/2019

Event Location: DCU All Hallows Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

  • AGM: 9.30 – 11.15
  • Conference: 11.30 – 4.30
  • Post-Conference Social: 4.30 – 6.00

The IDEA AGM and Conference 2019 will take place Thursday, 06 June, in  DCU All Hallows Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. This year will mark 15 years of IDEA and the theme is ‘Stories of Change: creating active global citizens.'

Our keynote speaker is Oisín Coghlan, Friends of the Earth Ireland, who will be exploring the story around Climate Change and the Climate Strikes. He will be looking at how the story of the climate strikes has evolved and is evolving, what impact they are having and the role for Development Education in this movement.*

Our adventures in Development Education panel will have speakers sharing the stories behind the innovative approaches they are taking in relation to Development Education to further the impact of their work and the sector.

Our workshops will be looking at creative ways to capture and record impact in your monitoring and evaluation, how to communicate the stories of impact your work is having to other audiences, and how to support and create impact through campaigning and activism.

This year’s conference will also mark the launch of the Irish Global Solidarity In 100 Objects Project with Further information on the project and how to be part of it is available here.

*Bastian Berbner, Journalist with Die Zeit Newspaper, who was originally billed as our keynote will be unable to join us on the day unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • Members: €30.00
  • Members: €40.00 (Where there are two attending from an organisation)
  • Non-Members: €60.00
  • Students / Unwaged: €10.00​

If you've any questions regarding the AGM or the Conference please contact:

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