The technique of working with design thinking has been very popular in recent years both in commercial ventures, the activities of NGOs and social projects. Its success results from a focus on understanding needs, cooperation that combines different perspectives, and experimenting, testing different solutions. The design thinking process is based on the following stages: empathising, defining problems, generating ideas, creating prototypes and testing them. At each stage, it assumes that if the developed effects do not work in practice, it is possible to return to the previous one and correct errors or generate completely new solutions. Design thinking offers various tools that can be used at different stages of the work. In the cultural planning process, we used them to work together with the residents of one neighbourhood to develop ideas for local activities.