What is barnraise?

Each person involved in BarnRaise brings a valuable lens and skill set—as a whole we are stronger than the sum of our parts.
As designers, we are connectors.

BarnRaise is a uniquely structured maker-conference that connects design firms, community-based organizations, and participants to address a social topic embedded in the Chicago community. Under the facilitation of a design firm, participants will work in multi-disciplinary teams to develop a user-centered understanding of a problem posed by a community organization and prototype viable solutions. We seek to connect disparate ideas and points of view to push towards synergistic solutions and possibilities. In order for these solutions and possibilities to thrive, we seek to build and sustain an open, collaborative culture by breaking down silos and facilitating uncharted connections.


San Francisco

July 27-29, 2017
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October 9-11, 2017
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