On Wednesday, October 11, tour company Chicago Detours will lead BarnRaise participants on a one-hour-long custom tour of Chicago Food History en route from the Merchandise Mart downtown to The Plant, where participants will explore the building and prepare for the final share-out.
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BarnRaise is an impact-driven conference that connects designers, community-based organizations, topic experts, and participants to promote greater impact in the Chicago community. Multi-disciplinary teams will work together to discover common ground, unlock values, systemically approach the challenge, prototype ideas, and envision sustainable solutions.
Over the course of two and a half days, participants work with community organizations and design firms to solve real social problems. Please view our daily itineraries for more information.
Keynote speakers present the challenge in the Chicago context. We work in groups to connect current local challenges to global impact to inform local actions, and close the evening with a key speaker and a panel discussion that inspire us to create sustainable solutions for food systems.
We start the day with a key speaker presenting the role of systems design in fostering sustainable solutions. Participants hear build a shared understanding about design, sustainable solutions, and food systems; and split into workshop teams to better tackle the system’s challenge and create sustainable solutions.
Teams refine their ideas, frame solutions, and make a plant to action. The conference ends with a public share-out and community fair, where teams showcase their proposals and invite others for the next steps.
Gensler is a global architecture, design and planning firm that aims to redefine what’s possible through the power of design. One of their goals is to promote broader awareness about the environmental impact that buildings have on the world, and contribute to conversations about the leadership role that the architecture, engineering and construction industries can play in global efforts to answer the challenges posed by climate change.
The BarnRaise team is super excited to share that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) joining us! CPS is committed to providing high quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood. They strive to prepare our students for success in college, career and civic life.
Written by Kristel Van Ael
To tackle complex challenges, designers must adopt the insights of systems thinking. The adoption of systems thinking by designers is called systemic design (1).
Chicago’s history as the nation’s epicenter for meat production has taken on new meaning in Back of the Yards, where a unique partnership between a sustainable urban developer, a nonprofit, and small food and farming businesses has transformed a former meatpacking facility into a collaborative community of food and beverage producers grounded in the principle of waste reduction.
Another exciting partnership at BarnRaise this year includes the international strategic innovation firm INSITUM. In 2015, INSITUM was named one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies by Fast Company magazine, and we are proud to say that INSITUM has deep ties with IIT’s Institute of Design—several INSITUM partners are ID graduates, including Ric Edinberg, INSITUM’s Executive Director, who will be joining us at BarnRaise.
Our daily choices have a major impact on how much waste we create. Barnraise partner, Zero Waste Chicago is a nonprofit environmental organization working to reduce waste in Chicago through education and resource distribution. Jointly founded by Moira Kelley, Celia Ristow, and Bailey Warren, Zero Waste collaborates with individuals, communities, and businesses to support their efforts to reduce waste.
Farmer’s Fridge is a food company of the future, producing wholesome salads, breakfast items and snacks, and distributing them through a network of refrigerated vending machines, or “fridges”, as CEO Luke Saunders calls them. They offer convenient access to fresh and delicious food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in more than 75 locations in Chicagoland.
BarnRaise 2017’s latest partnership is with strategy and service design firm Rêve Consulting of Minneapolis. Rêve is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and has been recognized as one of Minnesota Business Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work for five years in a row. Having worked with some of the largest players in the global food supply chain, Rêve has a deep understanding of the complexity of system-wide change, as well as of the opportunities that corporations have to create positive change on a large scale.