How often do you get to throw yourself into a new group of people and create something new in a weekend?
As a participant in the Global service jam, you will work through a whole design process in one weekend.
Many previous attendees have reported that the ways of thinking and working learned during the Jam have totally changed the way in which they approach problems and communicate.
What a Jam is…
Imagine a Jam session in music. You come together, bringing your instruments, your skills, your open mind. Someone sets up a theme, and you start to Jam around it. You don’t overanalyse it, you don’t discuss it to death, you Jam. You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back. Together, you build something which none of you could have built alone. And at the same time, you are learning new ideas, discovering more about how you work and whom you best work with, sharpening your skills, and having a great time. And who knows, maybe there are one or two ideas there which might make it to the next album. Or maybe you Jammed so well, you decide to form a band…
The Global Service Jam works in just the same way. But it’s not music you are Jamming – it’s ideas. You’ll be working with people you might never have met before, bouncing ideas off one another and building on what bounces back. And it’s not just talking- you are here to turn your ideas into a concrete design, prototype and plan of action which you or somebody else might want to make real. Can you prototype and plan it in a way that someone could go out and make it real, knowing what resources they would need, what they should do, and who they should talk to? That’s the challenge of the Jam.
What you get from a Jam:
- You will learn more about a design-based approach to problems.
- You will pick up a load of new ideas and work practices.
- You will meet a lot of cool people around the world at all levels of experience.
- Your work and ideas will be reviewed by your peers, and presented to the world, where they can be seen by potential customers or employers, or people who could make them real.
- You will design something that may become a real business.
- You might get rich and famous.
- You will certainly have a blast.
Feedback from previous global attendees:
“The Jam has changed our working habits: we are using the kind of open method to work in developing projects.” Mexico City, Mexico.
“Being able to see and hear the other Jams around the world gave a real sense of camaraderie and being part of a global endeavour.” Hamilton, NZ.
“AMAZING! We left the place re-energized, happy, full of new connections and friends and with a sense that we can change the world if we want.” Sao Paulo, Brazil