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Marshmallow Challenge: completed! Now we're in the right jamming mood!!
The end of an energizing sprint of 48h with fantastic people. About 70 jammers were involved in the...
We met the most positive and passionate guy in Dundee today - he loves his city!!!
The outputs of our brainstorming session

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#GGovJam 17-18 May 2017: sign up your location now!

on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:14

If you care about public services, want to explore new ways of citizen-centric innovation or are interested in the role of design in public service, you should host a #GGovJam site! It can be as small as your kitchen table, or as big as a conference centre.  You don't need any experience, just a curious mind and a few collaborators.

If you think you might like to host, please read the FAQ on this page, then drop us a line. We will take it from there. 

Got questions? Just ping us at, and our team of volunteers will do their best to help you!

(Note: the main days of #GGovJam are Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th of May. Local Jams may optionally decide to start on Tuesday 16th May in the afternoon. If you live in a country with a non-Western working week, you may also start a day earler. )

Jam the year

on Mon, 10/31/2016 - 09:49
The dates for the next 3 Jams have been announced!
Global Sustainability Jam 2016 ( #GSusJam) 4-6 November 2016
Global Service Jam 2017 ( #GSJam) 17-19 February 2017
Global GovJam 2017 ( #GGovJam) 17-18 May 2017
To register a location, read the FAQ at the relevant web page and drop us a mail

Thank you!!!

on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 22:01

The Global GovJam 2016 is over!

Hundreds of Jammers joined together in an amazing 48-hour wave that travelled round the world through 32 cities on 5 continents.
Inspired by one Secret Theme, we worked together at pace, made prototypes, tested them, failed fast and made them again.
We all learned new ways of addressing old issues, made new connections and had a lot of fun in the process.
Thanks to everyone who jammed, mentored and facilitated at a the Jam.
Thanks to the sponsors, venues and other people who made each local Jam happen.
And a special thank you to the amazing individuals who volunteered to host a Jam in their city. Without them, there would be no Jams.
Together you rocked the world of public services!
It wouldn't be a Global Jam without the global team:
Natasche, Markus and Adam, the core team behind all the Global Jams
Matt, Kathryn and the Leeds GovJam volunteers who hosted the Global GovJam HQ for 2016
Ruth who co-initiated the Global GovJam in 2012 and was a great source of help and advice this year & Rafael Poiate who volunteered from Sao Paulo.
We have learned loads and been humbled by the dedication and creativity of Hosts and Jammers around the World.
What happens next? We hope you will take the learning, new connections and Jam spirit back to your everyday life and work. There's no need to wait for the Jam to move forward by showing, not telling; prototypes, not concepts; and doing, not talking.
We're already looking forward to the Global GovJam 2017. We hope you are too!

Thank you! and Jam OFF!
Global GovJam HQ 2016 team
PS: Exciting news coming soon!

2016 GovJam Opening Video

on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 00:28

Here is the video which opened the 2016 Global GovJam in more than 30 cities. This video helps paint a picture of the many reasons why jammers, hosts and govs jam, it shares some of the ideas behind jamming and it also shows the Secret Theme of the Jam.
A special Thanks to our Special Guests and to our amazing team of volunteers (the lovely people you see on the video and many more brilliant people behind the "screen") :)

#servicedesignday and Global GovJam

on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 15:59

Many people at Global GovJam use a service design approach, so it's great that this year's Jam co-incides with the new "service design day", an initiative by our friends at the Service Design Network. All over the world, people are celebrating service design under the hashtag #servicedesignday. Find out more at the SDN website!


We are jamming!

on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 22:32

We are Jamming! The Jammers in Rome are the first to know the Secret Theme, with their colleagues in Australia and eastern Asia soon to follow. In just a few hours public servants, citizens and innovation specialists will be working together in around 25 cities to rock the world of public service. Join us at #GGovJam!

#GGovJam 2016: first local Jam sites announced - and how to add a Jam in your town or city

on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 18:20
From São Paulo to Stockholm and Cairo to Washington DC, the Global GovJam 2016 is already spanning 4 continents! You can see the locations signed up so far.

Could you host GGovJam in your town or city? Here’s how to get on the map...

1) Read the rules for local organisers. Basically, they say:

  • 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. Jam on the shared Global Secret Theme.
  • 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) If you're OK with the rules, simply shoot us an email marked "I wanna host!" to Please include:

  • The name and email address of the responsible Jam organiser (this will not be published if you do not want us to - if so please inform us)
  • Jam name (please see the rules on Jam names at the Extended FAQ under "What should I call my Jam?")
  • Location (Continent, country)
  • Location Details (Address + zip code - this can be changed later, but we need an initial reference for your jam to be on the map)
  • Public e-mail address for participants to get in touch with your Jam team
  • Public phone number for participants to get in touch with your Jam team
  • Two people to be registered from you jam on our hosts community Basecamp site (name + email + optional phone number for each)
  • A statement that you agree to keep the Rules of the Jam.

3) Rock the public sector!

Still making up your mind? Here are some good things to know about hosting - including the wise words of previous Hosts.

PS - Anyone can host a jam, so sometimes a city can have more than one team wanting to host a jam. Although that would be possible, since there is no exclusivity in the jam, based on our experience one big Jam is a lot more effective and fun than 2 or 3 smaller jams. See the FAQ for more details. :)

Hello from Leeds! Put your GGovJam on the map...

on Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:28


Planning to rock the public sector in 2016? It's time to put YOUR GGovJam site on the map!

For 2016, the GGovJam HQ lands in Leeds, UK, from where volunteers will support hosts and jammers around the globe. We'll also be recruiting a distributed team of volunteers across the timezones.

This year we want to celebrate the dedication and experience of jam hosts around the world AND make it as easy as possible for new hosts to put on a jam in their city. If you have ideas of how we could make the GGovJam better, or would like to offer your services to help with the global co-ordination, please drop us a line.

If you're intending to host a jam, please read the FAQ, then let us know by emailing subject line "I wanna host!" to and tell us where you live. We'll soon have you added to the list of locations.

All the best from your (growing) Global HQ team: Matt (GovJam Leeds, GGovJam HQ Team)
Natasche, Ruth, Adam, Markus (GGovJam HQ Team)

**Note about GGovJam dates**
In most countries, where the working week runs from Monday to Friday, the main days of GGovJam will be 1 and 2 June, but some locations might choose to start on the afternoon of 31 May. Countries with other working weeks may hold their GGovJam event one or two days earlier, with the agreement of GGovJam HQ.

See you 1 -2 June, 2016!

on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 23:14
The dates for the next Global GovJam have been set!
The Jam will take place in most countries on Wednesday 1 and  Thursday 2 June 2016. (Some locations might chose to start on the Tuesday 31st May in the afternoon).
(Note: countries with other working weeks may hold the Jam one or two days earlier.)
To sign up your location, read the FAQ and send us a mail. See you at the Jam!
(Not decided if you should Jam? Check the FAQ again or mail us for help!

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!


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