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Make Barnraising signs

by liz |

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lead image from the 2015 Barnraising of the Open Space Technology signs that the group wrote in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Korean, and English

Background -- why are we making signs?

The facilitation style of Barnraising is based in large part on open space technology, a way for a group to self-organize a meeting. Read more here:


  • Get colorful, wide markers
  • Get chart paper or rolls of paper
  • Write as big as possible, with letters at least 3" tall.
  • Aim to fill about 2"x3" or an entire piece of chart paper with each of the six signs.

Edited for clarity and inclusiveness:

  • Whoever comes are the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it is over, it is over
  • The Law of Mobility
  • Be Prepared to Be Surprised

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Signs for 2016 Los Angeles Barnraising @liz 14 days ago
Signs for 2017 Appalachian barnraising @liz 14 days ago

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Hi Liz - do you have any other great photos of this? I love this process!

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