Creativity can be taught – and it should be. That’s the message of The Big Idea, a transition year programme for Irish schools, offering mentoring and guidance by creative professionals.

The Big Idea is the brainchild of designer Kim Mackenzie-Doyle, today’s guest on The Blacknight Podcast.

Click on the player below to play the podcast, or download it here: 15:57; 9MB; MP3. Scroll down to see the video.


In its pilot phase this year, The Big Idea is working with 500 students in Counties Carlow, Clare and Limerick. Kim says they plan to extend it to the entire country over the next few years.

The programme offers guidance to students to apply design principles, and their own imaginations, to real world problems. Five themes have been selected for the 2021 programme: the housing crisis; pandemics; elder care; racism; health and wellbeing.

Blacknight is the Award Sponsor for the category ‘Combatting Racism’.

The awards will be announced at The Big Idea Showcase, a virtual event which will be held online, and open to all, on 21 May. For more information, visit (hosted on Blacknight, of course!)

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