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It's over, folks.

on Sun, 11/24/2013 - 23:09

It’s over, folks, it’s over. As our ever-smiling friends in Oakland hit their upload deadline, the Global Sustainability Jam 2013 is no longer LIVE. #GSusJam is over folks. It's over. It was amazing, thrilling, hard, hard work. But it's over.

We look forward to browsing through the designs, and fixing the last few upload glitches. But for now, after a pretty sleepless weekend, your Global Team is heading for bed.

And we need to introduce those incredible, generous people from GlobalHQ who gave up their own weekends, mostly to sit alone by a computer, supporting you on the Planet Jam and social media, giving you guidance, energy and help. Thanks to Adriana in Colombia, Ana in Italy, Joanna in Poland and especially "no sleep" Natasche in Brazil. They made it possible for Adam and Markus to stay alive and sane this weekend, and did a far, far better job than we have ever done.

We're sorry for what went wrong (blame Adam & Markus!), and we say THANKS for what went right! Enjoy those last few presentations, enjoy the parties, enjoy a good night's sleep. If you’re back at work already, looking over your shoulder at an unforgettable weekend, then take a moment to look at a few projects, share a few pictures, tell a friend. Thanks to the wonderful Hosts & EVERY Jammer too! The Global Sustainability Jam was as easy (and unexpected) as A B 3! 

And if you want to do it again - better, hotter, wilder, and BIGGER - we'll see you at the Global SERVICE Jam, 7-9 March, Planet Earth.

We had 48 hours, and maybe we saved the World - or at least the part of it that you carry with you. And that's a start!

You rocked! You Jammed! You are the Jam!


(Image Dundee Jam)

Secret Theme Video 2013

on Sat, 11/23/2013 - 08:48

Every year, local Jams kick off by revealing the Secret Theme, usually by showing a video, which also contains Tips and advice for Jammers. This year's Secret Theme Video was made by international Jammer of mystery Mauro Rego. Thanks to Mauro and his contributors!


We are Jamming!

on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 22:45


It's an amazing feeling as the Jams all over the world come on line! We expect around 65 Jams to join us, on five continents, making this the biggest Global Sustainability Jam ever.

Take a look at #GSusJam on Twitter to see the fun!

As we write, the Secret Theme is still secret - we look forward to revealing it in a few hours. :)


(Image from Budapest Jam, @BPSusJam)

Why should I Jam?

on Thu, 08/29/2013 - 23:40

Every Jam is different, but every Jam is a great place to learn new skills, challenge yourself and meet great people while you have fun. See what London Jammers said about Jamming in this great movie by Joshua Lee.

NEW GSusJ13 dates!

on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:53

Global Sustainability Jam 2013 will take place on the WEEKEND OF THE 22nd OF NOVEMBER, 2013.

(That's the 22-24 November in most countries, but it might be the 21-23 or 20-22 in some countries, for example in the Middle East.)
The last Global Sustainability Jam took place in around 80 cities, and was an amazing weekend of creativity, sharing, fun and hard work. Let's make GSusJ13 even better!

Adam & Markus

GSusJ13 is coming

on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 22:17

It's certain - there will be a Global Sustainability Jam in 2013!

On the tail of the latest amazing Global Service Jam (our sister event which took place in a whopping 124 cities!), Jam initiators Markus and Adam confirmed that GSusJ13 will take place in October or November 2013! As soon as the exact date is announced, we will start accepting sites. Until then, watch this space.

And, if you can't wait until October or November, check out  It could be the most powerful Jam yet!

What's happening at the Jam?

on Sun, 11/04/2012 - 02:38


Check out the Jam story, latest news and more at the PlanetJam Buzz page...


on Fri, 11/02/2012 - 09:26


With Tel Aviv, Tehran, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide already Jamming, the 2012 Global Sustainability Jam is ROLLING! 
Thanks to everyone who makes this possible - every Host, every Mentor, every Supporter - and especially every JAMMER! You are the Jam!
Hand on to your (silly) hats, folks, and keep "Doing, not Talking!" It's going to be a WILD WEEKEND! 
Adam & Markus
your co-initiators

How does a Jam feel?

on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 19:20

Check out this video of our sister event, the Global Service Jam...

Thanks to Service Design Berlin for the great vid! :)

(Direct link)

Join us in NOVEMBER 2012!

on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 19:00

We are finally able to announce the dates for the Global Sustainability Jam 2012. We will be jamming on Planet Earth on the first weekend in November (that's the 2, 3 and 4 of November for most if us).

Come and join us! If there is no local Jam near you, it's easy to start one! 

Coming soon - Global Sustainability Jam 2012

on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 12:54

The next Global Sustainability Jam will take place on one weekend around October 2012.

The exact date will be announced here - watch this space!


It's over folks, it's over.

on Sun, 10/30/2011 - 21:20

And as hard-jamming Mexico City hits the upload deadline, the Global Sustainability Jam 2012 is no longer LIVE. #GSusJ11 is over folks. It's over. It was amazing, thrilling, hard, hard work.

And if you want to do it again - better, hotter, wilder - we'll see you at the Global SERVICE Jam, 24-26 February 2012, Planet Earth.

We're sorry for what went wrong, and we say THANKS for what went right! Enjoy those last presentations, enjoy the parties, enjoy a good night's sleep. Thanks to the wonderful Hosts & EVERY Jammer too! The Global Sustainability Jam was an amazing PLAYGROUND! We had 48 hours, and maybe we saved the World - or at least a little of it.

We look forward to browsing through the designs, and fixing the last few upload glitches. But for now, after just a few hours sleep in 4 days, your Global Team is heading for bed,

THANK YOU ALL, and good night!

We're Jamming!

on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 23:45

The first Jam, Tel Aviv, is already Jamming (they have a Friday-Saturday weekend). We wish them well!

Within a few hours, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hong Kong will join them, and the Jam will be truly underway.

Here's to a great Global Sustainability Jam 2011 - we have just 48 hours to save the World.

Join us for a great weekend...

on Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:51

It's just one month until the Global Sustainability Jam starts in dozens of locations worldwide. If you want to spend a wild weekend meeting great people, bouncing ideas around and - this is the best bit - not just talking but actually doing, we hope you will join us!

Whatver your skills, interests or experience, you can make a useful contribution to a Jam near you. And if there is no Jam nearby, it is easy to start one - all you need is a room (perhaps your home or office), a few people and internet connectivity. You'll be working face to face with the people around you, but linked up with other people on six continents, all of them Jamming on the same theme. Perhaps you'll develop a new object, or a service, or an initiative - or some combination of all of those.  Whatever you develop, you'll publish your results for the world at the end of the weekend... and you might make a difference.

Want to know more? Contact us today!

Adam & Markus
Global Team

Join the Global Jam - wherever you are

on Sun, 09/11/2011 - 00:23

With seven weeks to go, the Jam is a truly global event with Jams in preparation on six continents. And it's not to late to start new Jams - all you need is a few friends (or strangers) and a room... join us!

First organiser's Q&A this week...

on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 14:58

Are you involved in organising a Jam?  Then join us at the live organiser's Q&A this week. It's your opportunity to ask anything you like about the Jam, and share ideas live with other Jam Hosts.

We'll be chatting at several times on the 8th of September (7th and 9th too, in some time zones). Check out the Basecamp to get all the details!

(If you're a Host, and don't have Basecamp access, you're missing out. Contact us today!)

A world of worlds...

on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:30

As more and more Jams join up, several are developing thier own takes on Noemia Guarda's logo. Check out some of the latest!

Want to join us for an active, productive weekend? Click on "join a jam" above!

The winning logo...

on Tue, 08/09/2011 - 00:16

Congratulations to Noémia Guarda from the Oporto Jam who designed our winning logo! Noémia was one of our youngest competitors, and is a student of Graphic Design at Esad, the School of Arts and Design.

It was a tough competition, and our judges had several favourites, but in the end Noémia's design convinced the majority.  Our gratitude goes to Jase Cooper (the designer of our GSJ11 jam jars) as well as Marc Stickdorn of TiSDT, and Lauren Currie, Sarah Drummond and Kirsty Sinclair of Snook for their brilliant input. And many thanks to the other competitiors, whose skill and creativity made the decision so hard.

Remember, local Jams are welcome to make thier own interpretations of the global logo - and we're keen to see what you come up with.

So we're preparing a download pack for you, containing hi-res vector versions, the individial components, and all the information you need for a great local version.  (We'll also be updating the website.)

Watch this space. :)


Logo competition - you had 48 hours.

on Fri, 07/22/2011 - 16:44

The winning logo will be announced this week!

Last Spring, at the Global Service Jam , UK designer Jase Cooper kindly designed and donated the brilliant jam jar logo which was adopted and adapted by each location into a beautiful variety of different local logos.  For the Global Sustainability Jam, we want to repeat this success -  but with a different starting idea.

We need a logo which can do two jobs:

i. it can serve at the official logo for the Global Sustainability Jam, on pages like this and worldwide.
ii. it can be the starting point for local jams (if they want) to create their own versions.

We asked you to submit logo ideas and designs*. Our judges are looking at them carefully... and we'll have the results in a few days...

Looking forward to it!

Adam & Markus


*(Just for glory, no cash. You'll be making the logo for the Global Sustainability Jam, a non-profit event. We can't pay, but we will always credit you. Hey, we're jamming here.)


Sites preregistered on 4 continents...

on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 20:59

Before "official" site registration opened for the Sustainability Jam, we offered our experienced Global Service Jam hosts the special opportunity to sign up early.

What a response! After just a few days, we already have Jamsites preregistered on 4 continents with more signing up each day.

If you were a GSJ organiser in March, and want to repeat the fun at GSusJ in October, we'd love to have you. Drop us a note and we will fast-track you in!

Adam & Markus


You have 48 hours to save the World.

on Wed, 10/06/2010 - 21:17

Sounds like an impossible challenge? Then step up to work alongside other creative, passionate people in an energetic, worldwide, face-to-face event. Whatever your skills, whatever your interest, you will find a role.

Last March, around 2000 service designers in 59 cities on 6 continents had a great time creating 203 heroic ideas in one weekend. This October, the Global Sustainability Jam will build on that success, setting a common challenge based around sustainability for people meeting at local sites all over the world.

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 designs, projects, objects or 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.

Want to learn more? Want to join us? Want to organise a Jam in your community? Want to help run the global Jam?  Sign up here, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

You have 48 hours to save the world....

Adam and Markus!/gsusjam