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?
Why should I be a local organiser?
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 will have great freedom to organise and shape your local jam as you wish, as long as a few basic guidelines are observed.
- You will meet people from your region who are interested in innovation and public sector services, and in a design-based approach. You will work closely with them.
- You will be in contact with other organisers globally, all of whom will be worth knowing.
- You will pick up a load of new ideas and work practices.
- You will meet a lot of cool people at all levels of experience.
- You will have the opportunity to showcase your own experience, interests and ideas with participants and the press.
- You will not get rich (the Global GovJam is non-profit, and no-one should be making money though you can cover the costs of the Jam), but you might get famous(er).
- You will certainly have a blast.
Ok, but how do I become a local organiser?
To list your city on the map of cool and innovative Global GovJam locations worldwide, there's two first steps you can take in only 2 minutes:
- Be ready to find and set up up a suitable location for the Jam (workspace, connectivity, physical requirements). You do NOT need to do this before you register - in fact, it's better to register first. Sometimes, locations will contact you!
- Be open to everyone, don't push your product or company.
- Later, be ready to handle registrations and participant lists (this can be as simple as a Facebook or Eventbrite page...)
- Be part of the organisers' community (mostly on our Basecamp, but on other platforms too)..
- Be non-profit.
- Police the rules, keep the deadlines.
- Publicise your event, and publish the results.
- Have fun!
2) You're ok with the rules?
Cool! Now simply shoot us an email marked "I wanna host!" to firstname.lastname@example.org
, tell us who you are, where you want to host your Jam and we take it from there!
LET'S ROCK the public sector!