Design Challenge workshop


Truro Library was buzzing with sustainable business ideas during a workshop held as part of the Big Design Challenge Cornwall.

Delegates involved in the Dott (Design of the Times) Cornwall project came together for the ‘Good Business – for the planet, people and your pocket’ workshop.

Led by international design consultant, Casper Gray, the workshop gave the groups involved in the project the opportunity to find out about turning their ideas into a sustainable enterprise.

The Big Design Challenge, which is the final Dott Cornwall project, aims to tackle six of the biggest issues facing the people and communities of Cornwall.

Big Design Challenge project manager, Kathryn Woolf, who runs Penryn-based SEA Communications, said: “The groups involved in the six challenges have until the end of February to get their ideas together on how they can tackle their own particular issue.

“They will then present to a Dragon’s Den style panel at the Eden Project for a chance to win up to £10k of funding and support to turn their ideas into reality.”

The six challenges the groups will be looking to address are:

  • How do we reduce carbon emissions, generate renewable energy as a town, and generate revenue for the community?
  • How can we safeguard our smaller primary schools and the vital role they play in Cornish villages?
  • How can we make the Market House in St Austell a vibrant, viable community space for the long term?
  • How do we address the issue of unaffordable homes in Cornwall?
  • How can we provide meaningful work experience for the increasing second and third generation of people who have never worked?
  • How do we unite the distribution networks and marketplaces for local produce so they can rival the supermarkets?