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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. :)

Upcoming Jams

on Mon, 10/31/2016 - 09:46
The dates for the next 3 Jams have been announced!
Global Sustainability Jam 2016 ( #GSusJam) 4-6 November 2016
Global Service Jam 2017 ( #GSJam) 17-19 February 2017
Global GovJam 2017 ( #GGovJam) 17-18 May 2017
To register a location (read the FAQ first!), see the relevant web page or drop us a mail!

We Jammed the Jam!

on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 02:20

Global Service Jam 2016 is over.

It is quite amazing what can happen in three Earth rotations - strangers become friends, ideas become tangible prototypes and work becomes fun. Some people come back to Jams again and again, some Jammers become Hosts and some Hosts become part of Global HQ. But it’s easy to understand when, on the last day of Jam, you see and experience the power of the seven “Hot Kitchen Tips”. And you see what can be done when people put their heads and hands together in a positive way to change the world around them. It’s been five years since the first Global Service Jam with 1263 registered Jammers. We’ve grown not only in the number of jammers, prototypes and wonderful results, but also in the experiences, knowledge, skills and - perhaps the most important - connections we established. Seeing all the photos of jammers, funky moves (Manila, yes we are looking at you), dance-off challenges and happy faces makes us feel great, because we see you really embraced the rule of having fun.

The GSJam 2016 HQ Team, this time strengthened by first-timers from the Ljubljana Jams, helped us to survive 48 crazy hours of research, insight generation, building, testing and throwing away prototypes, exploring and building empathy, constructing business models and sharing all this with the whole world. We will keep on supporting you, no matter how big your upload files - because when we hear all the positive feedback, we know that it is all worth it. We want to thank all the local Hosts, sponsors, Mentors and supporters that made this Global Service Jam possible! And most important, THANK YOU JAMMERS, for being a part of it. You are the Jam.

We hope that you took something from this (even if it just one of those strange rubber chickens wink emoticon ) and that you enjoyed the 2016 Jam as much as we did. Please share your impressions, observations, what you learned and wish for; please post pictures and videos of your favorite moments; and don’t forget to call that special person you met at the Jam wink emoticon There will be more Global Jams soon - we will keep you posted. Meanwhile, check out our (new) Facebook group "Global Jam Community", where you can share your photos and videos with all jammers around the world, and help spread the Jam! JAM ON!

(Pictures from Orléans, Kansas City and GlobalHQ. Thanks!)


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