Global Service Jams are these incredible and really fun events related to service design that are celebrated all over the globe. Twice a year, a bunch of experienced jammers and hosts meet to make them wilder, more fun and even more productive. Its the JamJam. Last time, it happened in Barcelona, on September 27th-29th. And, happily, I was there!
But, what is a jam?
A jam is a 48 hours event that gathers people for designing and prototyping new services inspired by a shared theme in hundreds of cities simultaneously and… while they have a great time!
This video from the London Sustainability Jam shows the jam experience very accurately. Curious? Play it now!
So, what is jamming about?
- Doing (not talking). You complete the whole development process of concrete ideas that have the potential to become real.
- Learning. You pick new ideas and working practices, you can try approaches you haven’t tested before in a cool safe environment and you get peer feedback.
- Meeting people. You get to know pretty deeply —working side by side— a lot of people who share your interest in service design.
- Sharing. You share the experience and you working methods with your team and the end results with the world.
Humm, doesn’t this sound pretty similar to a SID Laurea contact session? Indeed, but less structured and without grades or homework 😉
Which jams are there?
There are three jams per year:
- The Global Service Jam, initiated in March 2011, which was celebrated in 130 cities in 2013.
- The Global Sustainability Jam, initiated in October 2011, with already 70 cities announced and to be celebrated soon, in November 22nd-24th. Feel like trying it? These are the four venues in Finland:
- The Global GovJam, prototyped in June 2012 and celebrated for the first time in 2013, in 36 cities.
Since 2011, more that 1,200 projects have been created and shared under a creative commons licence. Browse the latest here: