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It’s over, folks, it’s over.

on Sun, 03/09/2014 - 23:28

It's over. Global Service Jam 2014 is over.

This is the ninth time we have written those words, as they (or something very like them) have closed every Jam since the first Global Service Jam in 2011. In those three short years, the Global Jams - Service, Sustainabillity and Gov - have grown and evolved. Where three years ago we fought to persuade people to stop discussing and start building, now our “doing not talking” mantra can remain unsaid. It has entered the DNA of the Jam and is understood by even the newest Jammers and hosts. People are on their feet, people are out on the streets - building, testing, breaking and building again. And they are having fun while being productive in ways they never thought possible. It is wonderful to see.

That is not our doing. That is the Jam. It is the hundreds of Hosts (over 320 names were on our organisers’ list in this Jam) who spend their own time making this happen, and add thier own creativity to the advice of their peers and forerunners. It is the Mentors and Experts who freely donate the skills they normally sell because they want to share. It is the sponsors who decide that this strange little event is worth their support and implicit approval. And it is the Jammers from six continents who are willing, over and over again, to throw energy, intelligence, openness and heart into this endeavour.

No-one makes a cent out of the Jam (except perhaps some local pizza shops and sticky-note salesmen). It’s simply amazing - an event in well over 100 marvellous locations run on a budget of nearly nothing. It only works because of generous people.

Thank you to the amazing Global HQ team who gave up way more than just 48 hours - without even getting to play. Ruth (RM) in Australia, Ren Chang (RC) in Malaysia, Ana (AML) who travelled from Italy to be in Finland, Tim (TO) in Sweden, Andi (AF) and Anna-Lena (AL) in Germany, and Natashe (NP) in Brazil. Your reward was sleepness nights, sore eyes, stiff backs - and our enormous gratitude, always. Thank you to our special video guests Paul, Belina and Matt who gave us new improvisational ways to play and grow this time.

Thank you to the Secret Global Council who helped create our most innovative Secret Theme yet. Thank you to the Hosts, Experts, Mentors, Judges and everyone else who gave of themselves for the Jammers. Thank you all! There will be more Jams coming soon, and we hope to see you there, adding your creativity and experience to the Jammer’s passion. Please help us fan this fire!

But most of all, as always, we must thank the Jammers. People from so many different backgrounds, with many different expectations and needs, all willing to throw themselves into the unknown in the hope of sharing, learning, meeting, and experiencing a weekend of fun. Where we failed, you forgave us. And if we succeeded, it was you who made it real.

We are tired, we are sore, we have work in the morning. We need to sleep. But we are thrilled and humbled by what you all have made the Jam.

Take the time to visit Planet Jam and look at some of the amazing prototypes and uploads there. Share your thoughts and comments with your fellow Jammers.

We will see you again at the Global GovJam in the first week of June, 2014.

But until then, it’s over, folks, it's over,

Global HQ, over and out. JAM OFF.

Your Adam and Markus

P.S. Oh, just one more thing. In the next few days, we will announce the dates of TWO new Jams. Keep watching! ;)

The theme of 2014

on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 09:00

Here is is: the official Secret Theme video for the Global Service Jam 2014 (no longer secret, as all Jammers know the Theme now).

Secret Theme Video, Global Service Jam 2014 from Global Service Jam on Vimeo.

The JAM is on fire again!

on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 00:36
We are very happy to have more than 100 locations confirmed with over 2000 Jammers on 6 continents!(We will know final numbers on Sunday). The Global Service Jam 2014 is as multicolored as life. From small Jams with less than 10 Jammers to really big ones with more than 100, from very experienced to newbie Hosts and Jammer -  everyone is rocking the Jam like a rockstar! 
We are grateful that all of you come together, collaborate, learn new tools and methods, create tangible prototypes of service ideas and have so much fun, spending 48 hours of your life! We hope the Jam-experience is worth for it.
Many thanks to all of you and our supporters who set this Global Service Jam on fire!
If you are jamming with us, thinking about jamming next time or just want to have a look at people filled with creativity and cool ideas, please follow the global buzz on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube by using the tag GSJam or hahstag #GSJam.
Thanks again and remember: YOU ARE THE JAM!
Now keep on rocking!

The Jam GlobalHQ will be in... Turku, Finland!

on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:29
The Jam has an awesome headquarters team, made up of volunteers working around the world and around the clock. But one special location is always the “Official Jam GlobalHQ". After having a hot and steamy time with the amazing Bangalore Jam crew last year, we are happy to announce that in 2014 the Global HQ will be heading north!
Thanks to the generosity of Turku Science Park, Logomo and various members of the city's administration, business scene and local Jammers, we will raise the Global Jam HQ flag beside the Jammers in Turku, Finland.

Two of our HQ team - Adam and Ana - will be working there, and will drop in on the Turku Jam whenever they can. Otherwise, they will be helping Jammers worldwide with technical issues, keeping the Jam Buzz going, and spreading the best of the Jam worldwide. Adam says, "It will be a crazy weekend with little sleep and lots of work to do, but sharing the buzz and amazing location of the Turku Jam will make it much more fun. Thanks Turku!"
Besides the two-person crew in Finland, other HQ members will be on duty in Australia, Indonesia, India, Poland, Germany, and Brazil. Our thanks to these selfless people who are giving up their weekends so that others can Jam!

(Image from the Global Service Jam "Treasure Map" by Eva Johanna Lundqvist.)

Ready to rock?

on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 13:48

It's just a matter of days until the first Jams kick off on Thursday, with the majority of Jams joining them on Friday. We have Jams on every continent and from the Arctic circle to the Antarctic Ocean..


There are more than 100 sites signed up for this year's Jam, and we believe it will be better than ever. Can you find your site? For a closer view, see the Locations page...


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