Designing a successful Jam in 3 weeks with zero budget

By Laura Järveläinen, Nina Kostamo Deschamps, Marta Kuroszczyk & Kristina Stening


Almost a year has passed since we organized the Helsinki Chapter of Global Sustainability Jam. Back then we had just started our Service Innovation & Design (SID) Master’s programme at Laurea. Freshly inspired from the Design Thinking course, we jumped right in at the opportunity to make our own jam happen and put our knowledge into practice.

As a learning experience, we can’t recommend it enough: we learned a great deal about facilitation, event design and collaborative design. It was “learning by developing” at its best. And most importantly, we had fun!

We were not just planning a workshop. In fact, we were designing a 3-day long design thinking event and experience. As a result, the design and planning process was very intense. We also ended up designing the jam in just 3 weeks with almost zero budget. The amount of positive response and feedback we got from the participants were extremely rewarding and made all our efforts worthwhile. It goes without saying that meeting and working with new and very diverse people became the most important part of this successful jam experience.

You might want to check out our visual report from the jam. It covers topics such as how we organized the event, key learnings, our tips and more:


P.S. The Helsinki Chapter for the Global Sustainability Jam has not been picked up yet for this year 😉 Do it, you won’t regret it!

One thought on “Designing a successful Jam in 3 weeks with zero budget

  1. THANKS for Jamming, and THANKS even more for writing about your experience; this is very useful for future Jam hosts, worldwide!
    Just one small tweak: it might be a little confusing to talk about picking up “_the_ Helsinki chapter”; the rule for Jam hosting is simple: “anyone can host a Jam”. There is no geographical exclusivity, so Helsinki could have one, two or five-hundred jam sites! We always prefer one big Jam over several small ones, but at the end it is up to the local team(s)… the most important part is that they Jam!
    Looking forward to more awesome Jams in Helsinki!
    Jam Co-initiator

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