Worldwide there are 2 billion children of school going age. How can we prepare them to prosper in a rapidly changing, increasingly technological and complex world? How can they learn to design a better world for themselves and the planet?

Armed with these urgent questions, 15 years experience in designing education programs in widely diverse contexts from Afghanistan to the Netherlands, plus a belief that all children can contribute to designing a better world, we at Designathon Works are attempting to answer this challenge with our unique design thinking method.

A designathon is a structured workshop in which children invent, build and present their self-devised solutions to a social or environmental issue around the Sustainable Development Goals. A workshop lasts four to six hours and is facilitated by education professionals.

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At Designathon Works, we help to empower and unleash children’s creativity and to spread awareness about the importance of engaging children as co-designers of our shared futures.

Our flagship event: the Global Children’s Designathon, last took place on November 11th, 2017. During this event 600 children, aged 7 to 12 years, participated in 18 cities around the world, where they created solutions to this year’s big societal and environmental issue: WATER. Kiera and Florian co-facilitated the Amsterdam event.

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Katharina Greve is a Doctoral Student at the University of Cambridge and employed a case study about co-creation in living labs.

In this podcast Katharina shares her framework that outlines how co-creation can be facilitated successfully in such a multi-stakeholder environment. She explored the co-creation practices in the living lab JOSEPHS, located in the city centre of Nuremberg. A living lab is a space where real users are actively involved in the development, introduction and commercialisation of new services and products. Companies present ideas, early prototypes or even products and services at an advanced development stage in order to receive authentic feedback from users.
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This Sunday I explored my hometown Amsterdam, on my motorbike. It turned out to be one of the sunniest Sunday’s this winter. I like to show you the beauty of the city and how visitors enjoy their Sunday afternoon around the center. I explored the Amstel River, The Magere Bridge, Rembrandtplein, Dam Square, Museum Square and more…

Enjoy this city-movie!

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At the moment the planet is running out of resources to feed its inhabitants, and within the next 20 years the world’s population will increase by 24% to a staggering 9.2 billion. How can the circular economy help to overcome this challenge?

The Earth is already not able to provide us with enough energy, materials, water and food. Scientific research shows that we have crossed our planetary boundaries and have crossed the red line. Now, the Earth can provide resources – in a sustainable manner – for the first 9 months of the population’s annual demand. Natural resources for the remaining 3 months are used up and ecological deficits are created rapidly.
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