2012 Sustainability Jam

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2-4 November we’re on again. During the second Global Sustainability Jam, people interested in a design-based approach to creativity will meet at locations all over the globe. read all about it on globalsustainabilityjam.org

And also this year we will be jamming in Antwerp. If you want to save the world in 48 hours, get your ticket on our Eventbrite page.
Everyone is welcome - service designers, object designers, sustainability experts, professors, business people, teachers, hackers, makers, artists, students, kids, mums and grandpas – you will form teams and work together for 48 hours to create brand-new real-world ideas which can make that little difference. Or perhaps a big difference – it’s up to you.

Follow @GSusJamAntwerp and tune in to this website for updates.

Amazing Speakers and Mentors

 I’m thrilled to announce a super set of speakers and Jam Mentors! Take a look at this list:

Ex-jammers, Manu Bollue & Vicky Daniels of When Business Meets Nature are preparing a high energy warm-up exercise to kick-of the Jam.

Stefaan Vandist of Studio Spark will learn us more on sustainable strategies together with Wouter Ulburghs of OVAM. They will also bring and introduce the OVAM SIS toolkit.

Reinhart Paelinck ( http://www.rein-art.eu/ )will talk on his experience on researching innovations in sustainable energie production.

Pieter Marx is a sustainable entrepreneur, he will share his experience with introducing sustainable products and services to the market.

Finally, Lieve Custers of the City of Antwerp will present Antwerps’ vision on sustainable living in the City.

As if this isn’t enough, Peter Bertels & Natascha Rommens of Flanders DC will be available to mentor during the weekend. Peter is a real Jam veteran, it’s his 4th Jam.

Also, I will introduce the Jam to you, take you through the design and prototyping process, and I’ll be there to mentor too.

I’m so grateful for their super (voluntary) contribution to a great Jam !

So looking forward to it,

Jürgen Tanghe

Dear jammers,

The Global Sustainability Jam was incredible. People in dozens of cities and countries on six continents came together and had a great time doing good things.

More than 130 projects were created, the buzz reached tens of thousands, and the results can be seen in continued co-operations, projects and more and more fans working towards a design approach in so many circles of life. The Jams are rock-and-roll on a global scale. But we want to improve. We want to be better, hotter, wilder. We want future Jams to be even more fun, and even more productive. We might even want to change the world one day J.

Your jam hosts have meanwhile recovered from their jam efforts. We have been very busy sorting out jamjars, new ideas for a next jam, reading up on the projects of other jams, …  The second weekend of December (9-11th of December) all Jam organizers will hold a Jam-Jam to discuss all positive (and negative if any) outcome from the two Jams we organized so far and try to use this info to make next year events even better and stronger ! For that we need your help ! All of you will be sent shortly a question list by MonkeySurvey to see how we can make the Jams even more powerful without losing the fun factor.  We would feel most obliged if you could fill in this questionnaire and send it back to us ? If you feel up to it we would like to extend the invitation we received and invite experienced jammers to the Jam-Jam weekend which takes place in Nürnberg. Please contact either Sebastiaan or Bruno if you would like to join and/or receive more practical information.

Being a Jam host is a rather energy consuming task but also a very rewarding one as it absolutely fantastic to see how people gather with just a few tools on them and start creating something new, out of the blue… It is difficult to find the right words to describe what happens when you are witnessing all of you shaping a new concept but we can try with a well meant ‘Thank you’ !  Thank you for being there and putting your effort in but also for helping accomplish that vibrant atmosphere in which the Jam is taking place. Thanks also for the helping hands ! It is good to know that they are out there and we might need them again in the future !

In order to thank you properly we plan to organize a get-together drink on Friday  16th of December. We you can find your Jam Angels as off 17h45 at Het Duvels Genot, Sint Aldegondis kaai 56 in Antwerp (opposite the MAS museum).  We will update you on our next plans (please note the date of the upcoming Global Service Jam which is now final : 24 -26th of February 2012) and fill you in on our adventures at the Jam-Jam in Nürnberg. If you would use any kind of online or offline agenda it might be worth jotting those dates down !

Your humble Jam hosts

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Join the Global Sustainability Jam

On 28 October, 2011, people interested in a design-based approach to creativity will meet at locations all over the globe.

Everyone is welcome - service designers, object designers, sustainability experts, professors, business people, teachers, hackers, makers, artists, students, kids, mums and grandpas – you will form teams and work together for 48 hours to create brand-new real-world ideas which can make that little difference.

Or perhaps a big difference – it’s up to you.

Through the weekend, you’ll be linked to other jammers at other sites all over the globe, working in different ways on different answers to the same challenge, sharing problems, advice, and insights. And on Sunday at 5pm, you will publish your results to the world.

Are you ready for a challenge? Want to develop and implement creative ideas? Chase a crazy deadline at the same time? Meet cool new people? Eager to discover what it is to become a design thinker ? Get rich and famous? Have a great time? Or remain poor and still have a great time ? Then you have found your answer : subscribe today and the jam will be yours !

 

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The Global Sustainability Jam builds on the succes of The Global Service Jam we hosted in march this year. Staggered by the worldwide popularity of such jams. We decided the co-organize the same concept in Antwerp again. Just to give you an idea: here is where the Global Service Jam ended in march 2011:

Dear jammers

It has been an honour to host you at our HQ and Stuurboord over the past weekend. We are short for words to describe what we have experienced. It was only mid January when Antwerp signed up for what has become the Global Service Jam and if we look at the uploaded concepts today we can only be really proud. Step by step people are getting back from the jam world and provide us with feedback, tips, congratulations and other advice for which we’d like to thank you. The pleasure was ours !

We ask you kindly to give us your impression of the jam. This can be done either by email or by using the comment button on gsjantwerp.be. During our internal debrief session we acknowledged that our Jam had flaws so do not spare us : we will take your critic as real men and use it positively

Check also this videosof the global service jam : really really cool stuff if you ask us ! and that’s also what we think about you… thank you for being there !

Global Service Jam 2011 Mashup from Nick Lievendag on Vimeo.

 

We have a number of questions and announcements to make :

  • If you do not want your subscription data to be published on the gsjantwerp site please tell us by Friday 17h. On this Saturday we foresee to put up both the list of attendants and the link to the promised tools accessible to all participants of the jam
  • Right now the rating system on the projects is not working properly as is also explained on the globalservicejam.org site but please browse throught the uploaded projects and jot down some comments if you are blown away by the submitted work !
  • Will you ever have the opportunity to attend another jam ? we can not give you the answer today but meanwhile can hint to check out http://globalsustainabilityjam.org/ ?!

  • As for the follow up workshops and updates on the next moves regarding the realization of the concepts we plan to keep you updated using the above mentioned email list
  • Any other question or idea : bring it on !

yours truly