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There are several important traits that all Public Lab events have. If you’re coming to an event for the first time, they are things you can expect to happen, and what makes a Public Lab event unique.
All Public Lab events:
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A Public Lab Barnraising is unique in that it also follows the principles of Open Space Technology (read more here):
Together, these guiding principles help to create the space for the unique and genuine collaboration that Barnraisings have!
Sharing a physical space with others can be extremely productive and rewarding. Barnraisings, in particular, help people to share and build knowledge with others. Barnraisings have been known to help people:
At a Barnraising, agenda-setting power is moved to the participants. We all come to the space with our own ideas and interests on what we would like to do, and through a facilitated process, actually set the schedule together. This means that everyone who is there is part of the process of deciding what happens with the shared time and space.
There are a number of things to do to get ready for hosting a Barnraising. You need to find a location to host the event, set up a budget, open registration, do outreach about the event and organize information about who is coming. Below are some activities that can help support you in getting ready to put on a Barnraising:
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Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.
There are specific tasks that need to be done the day and night before the Barnraising event. It's helpful to ask for support in getting these things done!
the image below shows what a great Welcome/Registration table looks like: alphabetized namebadges, stickers for customizing name badges, waivers to sign, pens to sign with, copies of the Code of Conduct, and free Public Lab stuff that people can take if they like:
There are activities that you can build into your Barnraising schedule to help you to support the group. For example, you can build in activities that help the group with documentation and in sharing out new ideas. Below are some activities that can be done during a Barnraising event.
When making family friendly events, you need to make sure there are good activities for people of all ages. Having a couple sessions that focus specifically hands-on, youth friendly activities is really helpful! See some options for activities below.
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