Social Impact


Tackle global needs, challenge your method, prototype on the field.

Do you have an idea which could benefit society but struggle to find the right method or partners? Do you want to have a positive influence on contemporary issues but don’t know how to combine creative ambitions with tangible results? Then this training is for you! 

Thanks to years of experience designing for social inclusiveness, inmates reinsertion, drug recovery, or innovation in the city, This is BOUW has developed a unique approach to our society’s current challenges. Beyond the frame of “social design”, This is BOUW believes that all designers should improve human well-being and be responsible for the impact of their projects in the world.

This training will teach you to kill assumptions at any stage of your design process, by going on the field, connecting with the right persons and measuring impact. You will learn to spot the true need behind a problem, draw your inspiration from it and prototype solutions in a live context.

Profile: All (creative) freelancers / entrepreneurs and team leaders.

Recommendation: You are welcome to take this class with and without an idea or project in mind. For a better outcome on the field, we advise to take the Communication Skills training beforehand.

Time: 3 classes of 2 hours given to group A on Thursdays, 10AM / group B on Thursdays, 6PM
Language: English
Capacity: Up to 6 participants per group
Costs: 90€ excl.VAT / free for our Starter memberships / prints included
Location: The Commune / 1st floor / Keilestraat 5A / Rotterdam
Upcoming dates: 31/01/19, 07/02/19, and 14/02/19 (next round of classes in May 2019)

Check our availabilities, find your group and register on one of the forms below.


The Commune is known as the springboard for young creative talents in Rotterdam. Made by designers for designers, this incubator offers facilities, trainings, events and equipment which are tailored to the needs of starting creative freelancers. Meet its founders, members and large circle of friends by attending one of The Commune events, or by scheduling a visit!