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You Jammed the #GSJam 2017!

on Sun, 04/02/2017 - 13:39

Thanks everyone who took part in the amazing 2017 Global Service Jam! In around 90 cities around the world, you changed the future by #doingnottalking! Thanks to every local host, supporter and sponsor. Thanks to the Global HQ Hosts in Porto! And most of all, thanks to every Jammer. You are the Jam!

See you at Global GovJam in May?

Opening Video and Secret Theme 2017

on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:28

This is the video which started the Jam this weekend in over 90 locations worldwide. Made by the Global HQ team – this year based within the Porto Jam community – and other helpers from round the world, it introduced the Secret Theme and some tips on Jamming to many first timers, and many expert Jammers.


#GSJam Opening Video and Secret Theme 2017 from Global Service Jam on Vimeo.

We are Jamming!

on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 06:48
It's just a few minutes now until the first Global Service Jam participants of 2017 learn the Secret Theme.  For the next few days, thousands of Jammers all over the world will use that Theme to kick off 48 hours of working with strangers, identifying needs, building prototype solutions and testing them, and sharing their work with the world. And as they do it, they will be learning new tools, experiencing new ways to work, changing the world – and having a great time.
If you are Jamming, good luck! If not, follow the Jam with the hashtag #GSJam – or click on the social media tab above. It's amazing to see the world Jam!

Join us this weekend!

on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 21:31
It's not long now until the Jam kicks off in around 100 cities worldwide!  For 48 hours, people all over the world will be cooperating, sharing, and learning, as they build interactive prototypes of brand new services. In 48 hours, they will change their world.
Join us at one of our great locations on six continents! Click the locations tab to find your nearest Jam - there are even more than you can see on this map!


Hosting a Jam (next Jam is 17-19 February)

on Sat, 12/31/2016 - 19:58


Hosting a Jam can be very rewarding.  It will bring you into contact with amazing people, teach you more than you thought you could learn, can help you spread the news of design-based approaches to innovation, and is amazing fun! And most importantly: how much work you do is up to you.
Some Hosts work for a whole year to prepare a Jam, others set it up in a couple of hours... Both ways can work – or perhaps you prefer something in between.
Imagine you were organising a birthday party - you could print invitations, order catering, decorate the room, book a band, provide costumes and organise games, or you could just say "Saturday, my place, everyone bring pizza". Jams are the same. You can have a full service Jam with everything taken care of, with food, mentors, lectures and printed materials, or you can just open a space and say "let's do this together guys!"
So the bare minimum you need is:
  • workspace - a room to jam in. This can be an office, an apartment, a coworking space, a boat, your kitchen...
  • connectivity - internet connections so everyone can upload their work and stay in touch with the rest of the Global Jam.
  • physical requirements - you will probably want to have light, heat, toilets, power and the rest.
  • willingness to keep the rules and check into the useful Host community now and again.
  • no experience! There is a support network of Hosts to help you through your first Jam.

Anything on top of that is up to you. You can help your Jammers through the process (recommended, and yes, it's possible without any experience), or you can let them organise themselves. You can provide catering, or just tell them where the supermarket is. It's your Jam. :)

Every Host is supported by the worldwide community of other Hosts, who share resources, support and motivation generously. There is even a Handbook full of great advice to get you started.

Interested?  Why not sign up now and announce your Jam? Putting your Jam on the Global website is not a promise to Jam, it is just telling the world that you are trying. If it doesn't come together, no problem! But it does mean that people in your town and nearby will see your Jam and might get in touch. They might want to attend, offer help, offer space... they might even have Jammed before.

Why not have a try? We think you will love it!
Start here. Then go to the Locations tab and click the big "+" to add your Jam. We will take it from there. :)


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