In the past, throughout rural Alberta and all across North America, communities would come together for barn raising bees every summer.
BarnRaise was conceived by the Institute of Design (ID), a graduate design school with a history of innovation. ID pioneered the development and dissemination of modern design from their founding in 1937 as the New Bauhaus in Chicago. They helped pioneer the human-centered approach to design and launch the design thinking movement, linking design more closely with business innovation. Today, ID teaches advanced design methods and frameworks that bring together the disciplines or art-based design, social science, economics, business, and technology to help companies innovate in the world.
BarnRaise Edmonton is organized Media Architecture Design Edmonton (MADE). Since 2000, MADE has planned and implemented hundreds of ambitious design events in Edmonton including art and design exhibits, urban interventions, art and design lectures, design workshops, and pop-up events. In 2017, MADE will focus on design and ethics, and they have planned a number of events that will mobilize Edmonton’s creative community to take action on issues such as poverty, climate change, and improving the well-being of our community.
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.
The conference kicks off with keynote speakers that inspire us to create human-centered solutions for early childhood development and poverty.
Friday, March 17, 2017 - Itinerary
|6:00 – 7:00 pm||Registration|
|7:00 – 7:15 pm||MADE & Jorge Frascara
Welcome & Opening Remarks
|7:15 – 8:00 pm||Anijo Mathew
Institute of Design
|8:00 – 8:45 pm||Diane Roussin
Winnipeg Boldness Project
|8:45 – 9:30 pm||Initial Team Meeting|
Participants will hear from thought leaders and build a shared understanding about design, social innovation, and early childhood development; and split into workshop teams to better understand their design challenge and prototype solutions.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Itinerary
|8:30 – 8:45 am|| Jorge Frascara
|8:45 – 9:15 am||Aleeya Velji
|9:15 – 10:00 am||Kelly Costello & Jenny Rabodzeenko
|10:00 – 10:15 am||Break|
|10:15 – 11:00 am||Ariana Shadlyn & Janice Wong
|11:00 – 11:45 am||Tricia Lirette
|11:45 – 6:00 pm||Teamwork Time|
Teams refine their ideas and frame solutions. The conference ends with a public share-out and community fair, where teams showcase their insights and solutions.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Itinerary
|8:30 – 2:00 pm||Teamwork Time|
|2:00 – 2:15 pm||MADE & Jorge Frascara
Welcome & Opening Remarks
|2:15 – 4:15 pm||Team Presentations|
|4:15 – 4:30 pm||Jorge Frascara
Closing Remarks & Guests
|4:30 – 6:00 pm||Open House|
“BarnRaise provided me with a fantastic opportunity to work with a diverse group of people with a variety of skill sets to explore solutions aimed a breaking the cycle of poverty. Working closely with our partner not-for-profit agency, we were able to focus on one of their biggest challenges and by the end of the weekend it was rewarding for us to be able to present to them with a solution that was going to be simple for them to implement and maintain.”
Jennifer Fraser, Director of Design, Macadamian, Gatineau, QB
“BarnRaise is a rare opportunity where [organizations] can leverage the talents and energy of a diverse group of problem solvers to advance the mission of community organizations.”
Amy Lee, Strategic Insights, Design-Concepts, Madison, WI
“DesignMap was thrilled to be able to make a difference in our local community…we met a great group of people who wanted to learn about how design thinking can be used to approach any problem…the feeling of accomplishment and civic pride that participants felt during and after the process has been uplifting.”
Chuck Moore , Partner, DesignMap, San Francisco, CA