Workshop Design and Social Innovation Projects

Let’s Start Week 2!

This week you will dive into the practical implementation of the DOIT learning programme and learn from workshop examples, in which students between 6 to 16 years olds, the developed prototypes and presented them to school-forum, parents, representatives of local companies or policy and neighbourhood. The examples are derived from settings in schools and outside schools, for 6 to 10 years and 11 to 16 years from Austria, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany and Belgium. 

Children of different age groups can learn 

  • how to solve societal challenges and  
  • develop a social innovation project in different fields, e.g. future civic society, environment, health, climate change, school innovation or critical technology literacy. 

Experienced trainers will  guide you 

  • in designing a suitable workshop design and 
  • provide practical tips about your very important role as facilitator supporting children in their project work. 

How to design social innovation workshops and projects?

We suggest to use the United Nations‘ goals for sustainable development as a basis for addressing societal challenges. In the DOIT-online toolbox you will find more than 10 workshop manuals, each addressing a different societal problem and thus learning theme. The workshop mauals provide you with didactical information and organisational needs, when planning the design of such a social innovation workshop. The manuals guide you also in how to address each step in the innovation project cycle and the DOIT programme. 


How did Amsterdam implement the DOIT approach?

Let’s take a look at the video from the DOIT-Team of the WAAG Society, Netherlands and see how they implemented the idea of DOIT into an open learning setting:

[DOIT] What is your role as a facilitator in an open learning setting? (2.1)

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What’s the best way to accompany children in their innovation process? What’s your role?

As a so-called DOIT Facilitator you are invited to give up the instructional teacher role and take on more an active coaching role during the workshop. You need as little instructive input as necessary and only prepare for a safe environment and process knowledge of designing and prototyping a solution with different types of material. Children and young people acquire the new knowledge in project-based work as it goes along. Here you find helpful tips for you as a trainer on how you can support the design and innovation project cycle (seven elements).


Practical Tips For Facilitators

Karien Vermeulen, Head of Programme Education at WAAG in the Netherlands, presents you helpful tips for your role as a facilitator in the following video. If you would like to learn more about this topic, you can find more videos in the learning material section!

[DOIT] How did Amsterdam implement the DOIT learning program? (2.2)

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How you can benefit from other workshop examples – feel invited to use them as open educational resource

This video tells the story of how the new way of training young kids in social innovation can be implemented into a real life setting. As the DOIT programme was already explored throughout Europe, we can offer you some more workshop designs as open educational resources (at the condition of the Creative Common Licence). 

They were already held in Austria, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany and Belgium and address a variety of societal  challenges: e.g. future of our society, sustainable mobility, environmental challenges (waste reduction, climate change), innovation in a school innovation and designing and prototyping sustainable products and services with data, critical awareness and participation with new technologies, such as  artifical intelligence technology and smart wearables. Have a look at:


Assignment: Make, Share & Reflect

Scroll through the list of DOIT-Workshop Descriptions and/or the DOIT Handbook. Choose a workshop that can be held in a similar form at your institution.

↳ Please go to the discussion forum and describe in 5 sentences 

  • what, for whom and how you would think this workshop design suits your purpose? 
  • What is your role in this workshop? 
  • Which issues need to be resolved before starting with the workshop? What else do you need to know to get started? 

Feel free to ask your course lectures for advice!


Test your knowledge and understanding about Making Young Social Innovators!

Quiz Unit 2: How to design social innovation workshops and projects? Receive a grade Receive a pass grade


Learning Material and Additional Resources of Unit 2