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After breakfast both teams continue building prototypes, uploading bits and pieces to Planet Jam…...
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See you in June 2016?

on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 23:14

Global GovJam 2015 was amazing, and we are still hearing the echoes from citizens and public servants worldwide. Click "Locations 2015" above to browse project results, or search the internet for "GovJam" to see how Global GovJam changed people and attitudes to public serve innovation.

And be ready for #GGovJam 2016, around the beginning of June 2016, worldwide!

We Jammed the world of public service

on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 22:40

As the Vancouver GovJam hits the upload deadline, we reach the end of an event that started in Wellington 67 hours earlier - the Global GovJam 2015. What a Jam it has been!

Like every Jam, it has been a great learning experience. People have tried new ways of working, new tools and processes. They attempted to built and test fast prototypes, instead of comparing opinions. They have done their best to add to each other's ideas, instead of championing their own. They have built what they could never have built alone.

Like every Jam, it has brought people together who would not normally meet. Citizens, public servants, business people and all kinds of experts have worked together and shared their views, experience and approaches openly. They have brought their creativity and their ideas, and tested them against a tough deadline and an unfamiliar context. They have hit the streets and talked to citizens and colleagues, testing assumptions and prototypes, opening their ideas up to failure, in an honest search to be better on the next iteration.

Like at every Jam, connections have been made. People did not just meet and exchange cards, but worked, disagreed, failed and then succeeded together. They made impressions on each other and forged collaborations which perhaps will continue.

If you were a supporter of the Jam, we thank you. The Jam is run by a global network of volunteers with no staff and a budget of almost nothing. Without your help, there would be no Jam.

If you were a local Host, Mentor, Juror or Helper, we thank you. You have given your time, expertise and energy for free because you believe in sharing. You are tired, but we hope you are happy. You did an amazing job.

If you were a Jammer, we thank you for giving your precious time and trust to this non-profit event. We hope two things. First, we hope that you found the Jam useful, We hope that there are tools and attitudes which you will take away with you - perhaps the importance of talking to users, the tools of co-creation, the power of impossible deadlines, the experimental approach based on prototyping, the old Jam rule of "Doing, not Talking", or perhaps the unique treasures your local hosts and fellow Jammers shared with you.

And we hope that you enjoyed the Jam. We hope that you had an experience which was pleasant, human, and rewarding - but which accomplished a huge amount of work. We hope you can see that having a good time and working very, very hard are not mutually exclusive. We hope you had fun - we certainly did. We hope you will come again, to the Global GovJam or another one of the global Jams. We hope this because without you, the Jam is nothing. YOU ARE THE JAM.

Thank you! //Jam OFF!

Global HQ Flagship announced

on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 13:13

With hours to go until the Jam starts, the Jamming world will be centered on Ljubljana for three days as the Flagship of JamHQ moves into town. Jam co-initiator Adam Lawrence will vist the Ljubljana Jam and set up the Flagship JamHQ there. As well as HQ helping the local Jammers, some local volunteers will roll up their sleeves to help Jammers worldwide.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the Ljubljana Jammers and press", says Adam, "and seeing how well Slovenia can Jam. Ljubljana has always been a Jam powerhouse and a very innovative location with amazing ideas and a great team working hard to create an absolutely world class event for the participants. I can't wait!"
Speaking for the local organising team, Ana Kyra Becks added, "The Ljubljana GovJam team is excited about having the JamHQ flagship in our city! We think it will show our jammers even more how truly global the event realy is."
Global GovJam is a non-profit event which happens all over the world, run by local Hosts in more than 30 cities and coordinated by an international team of volunteers working all over the planet. Adam Lawrence is Co-Initiator of Global GovJam, Global Service Jam and Global Sustainability Jam, and one of the Jamgineers (global managers) of the GGovJam 2015 edition.

Want to host? Register now!

on Sat, 04/04/2015 - 09:27

A local Jam can be a polished event for hundreds of people or a simple meeting of a few folks around a kitchen table... Why not give it a try?

"So good to be able to do things - not just listen to theory. This experience is really going to help me at work!" (gov employee)
"Global GovJam had a real impact on processes and directly led to a number of internal initiatives." (gov employee)
“I can’t believe how many dedicated and talented people work for Government… I have a new respect for the public service” (citizen jammer)
"I don’t remember ever having this much fun whilst being so productive…" (gov employee)
 
As a local organiser, you will help others learn about a design-based approach to creativity and problem solving. You will also help support the young discipline of service design. You do not need experience of design or public service - though it might be useful to have those skills in your team or Jam. You'll be supported by a global community of fellow hosts and the advice and materials they share. It's an amazing experience!

If you want to see Global GovJam in your town, start your registration now!

Host a GovJam site from 9-11 June 2015!

on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 23:51

Why not Host a Global GovJam site in your town in 2015?

(The main days of the Jam are the 10 and 11 of June, but if you want, you may start your Jam on the afternoon of the 9th.)

Find out more.

GGovJam 2014: It's over, folks!

on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 10:07

It’s over, folks, it’s over.

It opened in Seoul on Tuesday morning and went round the world twice to close in Cleveland on Thursday night. Now, the locations are closed, the uploads are uploaded and the Global GovJam 2014 is no longer LIVE. #GGovam is over folks. It's over. It was amazing, thrilling, hard, hard work. But it's over.

We all have plenty to do now, looking through the prototypes, tidying up. There are still files being uploaded, and that's great - the more complete the documentation of the prototype, the better. There are newspaper articles to read, TV reports to watch, and lots of new ideas and insights to digest. But first, it's time for your HQ (and your local organisers!) to rest.

And we need to introduce those wonderful people from GlobalHQ who gave up their own time, mostly to sit alone by a computer, supporting you on the Planet Jam and social media, giving you guidance, energy and help - and missing the opportunity to Jam themsleves. Thanks to Ana in the UK, "new guy" Dusan in the Czech Republic, Ruth & Mik in Australia and especially-especially "sleep is for other people" Natasche in Brazil. You were amazing, and this Jam would not have worked without you.

Ruth and Mik deserve another special mention - they had the idea for the first ever GovJam in 2012, and this year they have been working beside Adam and Markus for months, helping to plan and execute the Jam, choosing the Secret Theme, and even making the video (from a hospital bed! Wow!). Thanks, co-hosts!

We're sorry for whatever wrong (blame Adam & Markus!), and we say THANKS for what went right! 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, leave some feedback, share a few pictures on Facebook, tell a friend. Thanks to the wonderful Hosts, supporter & EVERY Jammer too!

The Global GovJam 2104 was amazing! And if you want to do it again - better, hotter, wilder, and BIGGER - then we have some news for you. Big news!  ;)

You rocked! You Jammed! YOU are the Jam!

JAM OFF!

GGovJam 2014 Global HQ announced

on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:25

The secret is out - this year's Global HQ of the Global GovJam will be in Barcelona!

Jam co-inititator Adam Lawrence will be travelling to Barcelona today to set up operations for the HQ team. He'll be working with other volunteers from Australia to Brazil to keep the Jam running smoothly, help Jammers everywhere and spread the best buzz of the Jam.

"Barcelona has always been a great Jam-town", says Adam, "with a history of great Jams and even a JamJam in 2013. I'm looking forward to working alongside the Barcelona Jammers and even joining in with them when I can!".

The Barcelona GovJam this year is a special one, as it is embedded in the Setmana de la Innovació en Serveis Públics - a week long conference which brings important names in public service innovation to Barcelona. Adam will be speaking about the Jam at the event on Friday - joining several other Jammers (Italy, UK, Spain) who are presenting there.

Local jam sites..

on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:43

New sites are joining the Jam daily. Here are some which are already signed up...

If you want to see a Jam in your town or city, please get in touch (check the FAQ). :)

Sign up as a Global GovJam host

on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 03:30

If you would like to be a Jam host, you can sign up now. Anyone can host a Jam, with or without experience, and with or without a public sector job or mandate. There is no need to give us extensive details about yourself, just tell us where you are. :)

Just drop us a line via our contact form, and we will tell you the next steps.

Please remember two points:

  • there is no geographical exclusivity of Jams. This means one city can have one, two or one hundred Jams. But because Jams are about sharing and connecting people, we always think one big Jam is better than several small ones. Please work together if you can...
  • The Jam is an open event to build connections and learn great tools, so please do not use the Jam to advertise your offering or your organisation. The best way to advertise is to impress people by really contributing to a great, open Jam - without putting your name or everywhere. Ask yourself, "would my competitor feel comfortable here?" If the answer is no, you are over-branding. Please keep the Jam open.

For more on these points, please see the extended FAQ

Global GovJam dates for June 2014!

on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:35

The Global GovJam in 2014 will take place in the first week of June. (That's the 3, 4, 5 of June in most countries).  Citizens, gov people, and specialists for innovation and citizen-centricity will meet all over the world to prototype new public services in just 48 hours. They will learn new tools, make great contacts, understand each other better and some projects will even become real.

There will be some new faces at GlobalHQ this year, as the Jam organisation team expands to be more diverse and international... 

We'll be accepting Jam locations soon via this page. Follow the Jam on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date!

(Until then, if you want to get Jam practice, check out Global Service Jam in March!)

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