Irish Young People are using Design Thinking to lead the Way in Digital Social Innovation. Design Thinking is perfect for developing a social innovation idea because it allows high impact solutions to come to life. It specifically helps social entrepreneurs be more innovative, be able to differentiate themselves, bring their innovations to market faster.

Our world is changing more rapidly now than perhaps ever before, making staying ahead of the innovation curve even more critical. Check out Module 3 Mastering & Implementing Design Thinking where you will learn how young people from Ireland and across Europe have integrated the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success with design thinking. This module will walk you through systematic inventive thinking, and strategies that will enable you to build products and services that drive your digital social innovation business forward.

What is Design Thinking in Social Innovation Projects?


Design thinking is a way to generate possible ways to address complex problems.

It is about creating enjoyable, inspiring and quality products, services, experiences, or systems that work for those who use them.

Design thinking helps people explore the possibilities of what could be by bringing new things to life.

Designers begin with what is wanted: with the needs and wishes of the end users. To gain insight, they track the bugs & fixes people develop.


Social Innovators can design their project applying human centered techniques – solving their problems in a creative and innovative way!

Design Thinking to refer to a specific set of procedures, techniques and methods used to unlock innovation” (Brown, cited in IDF, n.d)

T and D. Kelley, call design thinking the “sweet spot of feasibility, viability and, desirability” (Kelley, 2014, p.19)

Design Thinking brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable (Brown, 2009, p.3); and great innovative ideas happen at the intersection of the three (IDEO U, n.d.)