Are you a BarnRaiser?

 Participants at the public final shareout from BarnRaise 2014,  Photography by Aaron Wolf

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? Well, besides the obvious reasons of improving access to health care, there may be some other benefits that might not have hit you yet…


If you're interested in improving the current health care system, this is your opportunity to network with innovative medical professionals. And what a better way to network than actually working on a real problem together rather than randomly bantering over some artisanal crostini (don’t worry you will get to do that too). 

Want to work directly with some of the leading design firms in Chicago? This is your opportunity to see how they work and be a part of it. You will be watching, learning, collaborating and DOING alongside professionals in the field. These are the people who work to create the future and you'll have the opportunity to show them what you've got. 

YOU WILL GAIN more design aptitude

Maybe you have been watching the wave of mainstream attention as “design thinking” proliferates throughout blogs and boardrooms and are wondering what all the hubbub is about. This is your opportunity to not only learn, but actually DO what its all about. Then you can go back to your water cooler with sharpie stained hands, pockets full of post it notes and some game-changing skills.

Or perhaps you are facing a difficult problem in your work or community and are looking for new ways to approach it. Here's the thing with BarnRaise, while you will be working towards solving a specific problem, the methodology is universally applicable. After two and a half days, you will have learned new ways to tackle any challenging problem and will have contributed to tangible solutions for improving the healthcare system. Take that Tony Robbins.

YOU CAN BUILD your portfolio

Maybe you are looking at the white space in your resume wondering how else you can say “creative problem solver effective working with teams”. Well they say action is louder than words right? You can show that you seek and crave DOING and MAKING things happen. Students can take advantage of discount pricing, and we'll even hook you up with a free home-stay. No Airbnb necessary.

BarnRaise is awesome and so can you

Or maybe you’re the kind of person that gets inspired watching different people come together united around a common goal of making the world a better place to live in. Well, we want to get inspired with you. We want your excitement and your contagious energy. 

Bottom line-we regret the things we don’t do more than the things we do. So stop thinking and start DOING. You will get something out of it.


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