The Next Jam is the Global June 4th-6th.
Locally, we’ll be jamming as the 5280 CIVIC JAM
ALTERNATE FAST TRACK JAM:
For those people that just can’t make the Main Jam, there will be a super speed track. We recommend prior experience with the design process and a willingness to move fast and furiously!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 // 6 – 8 pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 // 6 – 8pm
(Optional: Thursday 4:00 pm presentation of results with the Main Jam)
5280 CIVIC JAM FAQs
This year, the front range is joining in on the Global GovJam–a Jam that is geared specifically at the challenges faced by the public sector.
Come join a cross-disciplinary, cross-sector group of passionate individuals as we join teams all over the world in applying design thinking and service design methods to local challenges. The jam will be a chance to come together to explore different ways of approaching real-world problems through collaborative, creative problem solving skills. This is all about learning by DOING and MAKING in order to generate ideas, new collaborations, and new ways of thinking. Join us!
What’s a Jam?
Why is it important?
Gov 2.0 asks: How might we improve the way government and citizens interact? Service design thinking gives us tools to rethink public services in a new light. We can create innovative solutions to improve the “customer experience” of citizens interacting with healthcare, education, public transportation, policy, and governance.
What’s the theme?
It’s a secret!
The theme will be carefully picked by the Jam representatives and will be sent to each of the organizers to be revealed to the public the Friday of the event (local time).
The themes are generally quite abstract and not meant to be taken literally allowing participants to easily interpret them in whatever way is most interesting to them. An example was the theme for the Global Service Jam 2011: “(super) heros” and teams came up with services related to things liked sharing, helping, and empowerment. In 2012 the Global Service Design theme was “hidden treasure” and teams focused more on helping people identifying value in unexpected places. You can see examples of projects on the global planet jam site.
Why is the Jam during the workweek?
We believe Jamming is a new kind of professional development where you’ll be learning by DOING. We believe the things you’ll learn and do at the Jam are valuable enough to happen during work hours. If these days don’t work for you, but you want to stay in the loop about similar events in the future, let us know here.
Do I have to be there the whole time?
Yes. We are asking jammers to commit to the whole three days because you’ll want to be immersed in the process of Jamming in collaboration with a small team for the full experience.
Where is the Jam?
We have the amazing opportunity to be hosted by an incredible public resource: The Denver Public Library. We’ll be jamming at the Central Denver Branch.
Who Jams? Do I have to work for the government? Is this only for Designers?
Everyone and anyone Jams! You do not have to currently work in the public sector, though you should come to the Jam interested in working on public sector issues. You do not have to have any design experience, though you’ll leave the Jam with a toolbelt of design methods you can apply to your daily life.
Come with open minds, open hearts, and the willingness to jump on in! All jams are open to:
- Engaged citizens
- Government employees
- Non-profit professionals
- Social entrepreneurs and Social workers
- Urban planners and Architects
- MBA’s, PPA’s, or DIY’s
- Students and Teachers
- Designers of all stripes
- Hackers and Makers
If you’re interested in sponsoring / donating materials or food, please get in touch