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.
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.
How can design-thinking help re-imagine the processes, services, and products within the food system?
Participants at the public final shareout from BarnRaise 2014, Photography by Aaron Wolf Have you been seeing BarnRaise pop up on your social media feed? (no? well maybe you should follow @BarnRaiseID) And you are still thinking about if you want to get involved? Perhaps you are wondering why you specifically should sign up?
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In the lead up to BarnRaise 2015, we will be posting guest content from people and organizations working at the intersection of design and healthcare. We hope that these posts illuminate different approaches to utilizing design to problem solve in the healthcare space and get everyone excited for collaborating this fall! I’m glad to share some thoughts with the
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In eight fast-moving weeks, I’ve experienced an immersion into typography, product design, digital photography and the design lexicon. I come to the Institute of Design (ID) without a formal design background and am taking a humbling, foundation (“foundie”) year to acquire and develop a new set of skills to preface the two-year Master of Design
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A look into what’s going on this week at the Institute of Design… we’re busy making tons of cool stuff! Are you excited?
Seriously! Don’t believe us? Ok, fine. We’re giving you the spotlight: share with us your major, industry, or area of work and we’ll come up with a reason your skills are important to make BarnRaise a success. Contacting us is easy: Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “How can my skills help BarnRaise?” Here’s a
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People have been asking us… why the name “BarnRaise”?! Fair enough. Let’s head over to Wikipedia for a quick description of what a barn raise was originally. A barn raising, also historically called a “raising bee” or “rearing” in the U.K., describes a collective action of a community, in which a barn for one of
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