OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Design Dens

The idea is to create open studio sessions for young adults to hang out in and building their creative confidence. Teens can tackle new projects each week to help enhance their creativity and find innovative solutions to modern day problems.

Photo of DeletedUser
2 5

Written by DeletedUser

Many students and young adults are rarely given the opportunity to be creative without boundaries. Being given the tools and opportunities to work in the creative sphere is usual reserved to a select few and many times those who seek it out are alienated for their desire to think different. Not only are opportunities limited but also knowledge about ways to be creative. Unless accepted as an “exceptionally creative person” many are not acknowledged positively either.

At the same time, most young adults complain about constantly being board and entertain themselves with unhealthy habits. Instead if creative outlets were made to keep kids engaged, not only could they build their creative confidence but humanity could harness the most powerful resource of all, pure, unadulterated, open minded creativity.

To address all of these issues, communities could create design dens. Locations (such as the local library, book store, gym, any place that kids can hang out) can host a challenge a week by providing tools and space for kids to come in and create. Similar to studio time for artists, they can be a place where young adults can come spend their time but still work on a creative outlet. The equipment does not have to be expansive or costly, nor does there have to be an intricate reward system or mandatory involvement every week but simple competitions could be used to drive motivation. Mostly, these open studio session would allow for kids to have a safe, productive location to hang out in while also engaging in creative projects to fortify their creative confidence. 

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

By using locations like the public library, all age groups can be involved. The library is also an excellent location because of the abundant amount of resources available. The library can reserve a small section with the challenge and teens can come work there or anywhere else in the library. Using the resources they have they can leave their answer in the area so others can view it, learn from it, or even build off of it.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

i think it would be amazing if all local libraries started asking teens to answer questions that required design thinking. On a full fledged scale it would be amazing to have a whole facility available to young adults at all hours for them to come in and work on projects. I think the idea is simple enough to work on all economical levels as well as in a multitude of cultural atmospheres.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Any and all suggestions are welcome!


Join the conversation:

Photo of Risha  Parmar

Cool idea, local libraries are a great place for people to come together and be creative, also they have really great resources. A workshop could be held at the library once a week to tackle design problems. Others could also put forward design problems for the next week, allowing enough time to think and explore the problem.

View all comments