March 17-19, 2017

Improving early childhood development for a poverty-free future

WE’RE

BARNRAISE

EDMONTON

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ABOUT US

BarnRaise is uniquely structured two-day maker conference that brings together community partners, design facilitators, and participants to collaborate and co-create viable solutions to social problems embedded in the community.

"One out of every five Edmonton children – nearly 33,000 – is living in poverty. Just over one in three Edmonton children who live in a lone-parent family live in poverty."

Canada (2014), Table F-18 Family Data

THE CHALLENGE

This year’s BarnRaise challenge is improving early childhood development for a poverty-free future. Children living in poverty suffer higher incidences of adverse health, learning disabilities and developmental delays, limited school achievement, and emotional and behavioral problems.

ORGANIZERS

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.

HOW

BARNRAISE

WORKS

The culmination of the event will be a public share-out where teams will showcase their work and pitch their solutions to a large audience.

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Community organizations pose a design challenge to their workshop teams and collaborate with design firms by providing subject-matter expertise and supporting research initiatives that will become a source of information for innovation.

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Design firms lead an interdisciplinary team of participants through a series of design methods to build a human-centered understanding of a design challenge and prototype solutions in collaboration with the community organizations.

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Participants bring their talents, expertise, and passion to improve the lives of those who live in poverty and learn about design thinking through the application of design methods to co-create human-centered solutions.

SPEAKERS

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

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ABC Headstart Logo-150
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DESIGN FIRMS

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Action Lab_Social Medallion 150 wide
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Pano Logo 2017 250 wide

NEWS

SCHEDULE

Over the course of two and a half days, participants work with community organizations and design firms to solve a real social problems. Please view the our full schedule for more information.

DAY 1

The conference kicks off with keynote speakers that inspire us to create human-centered solutions for early childhood development and poverty.

DAY 2

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.

DAY 3

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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017


6:00 – 7:00 pm Registration
7:00 – 7:15 pm 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

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017


8:30 – 9:00 am Aleeya Velji, ABSI Connect
9:00 – 9:45 am Kelly Costello, Institute of Design
9:45 – 10:30 am Ariana Shadlyn, Doblin
10:30 – 11:15 am Tricia Lirette, MacEwan University
11:15 – 6:00 pm Teamwork Time

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017


8:30 – 2:00 pm Teamwork Time
2:00 – 2:30 pm Welcome & Closing Remarks
2:30 – 4:30 pm Team Presentations
4:30 – 6:00 pm Community Fair

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TESTIMONIALS

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."

Ignacio Estrada

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