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It's OVER.

on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 02:37
It's over, folks. It's over.
The first Global GovJam was unique - a global, volunteer-led innovation session which mixed citizens, public servants and innovation specialists in more than 30 cities on 5 continents. No one has ever done that before, and, it was a success!
At the end of the Jam, around 650 people in over 30 cities had produced more than 120 projects, uploaded here... 
But the projects are not even half of it. The buzz on Twitter and Facebook, the serious conversations, the crazy videos, the valuable insights - this was a true Jam.  And that is all down to you. You made it happen!
We're tired, frazzled and after Jamming ourselves we need a rest. But we have to thank everyone who made this incredible event possible.  Those amazing local hosts - some of them experienced hands, some of them complete beginners - who took the time and had the courage to set up these amazing events. The sponsors who gave us spaces, food, drink, tools, and advice. And everyone who just helped out in the good spirit of the Jam. You are fantastic!
Thanks to every single Jammer who gave up their time to help each other rock the world of public service - for the good of every citizen. Whether you are a gov worker, an innovation professional, or "just" a passionate citizen, you gave the Jam the magic mix which made it unique. There is nothing like you. You are the Jam.
This Jam was extra-special for Markus and Adam, because for the first time at a Global Jam we were truly able to Jam ourselves. We need to say some special thanks to the people who made that possible. Thanks to the warm and generous Perth Jammers and Hosts for bringing us here and being patient when we occasionally were distracted by "Global". And a huge, massive, personal thanks to the Team who took over the GlobalHQ technical support and social media task, allowing us to play. Maria in Munich, Laura in LA, Nihal in Bangalore, Susanne in Nuremberg, Marina in Sydney - you were jam-tastic. To Stefan in Nuremberg, get well soon!  And to the Big Three of Saleh in Tehran, Sven in Nuremberg and Natasche in Sao Paulo - you just blew us away. Such professionalism, energy, smarts, fun! You all did a far better job than we ever did, and you let us relax and enjoy the Jam. Thank you for ever! 
Look at all those projects online! But don't forget to look at all the other outcomes of the Jam - the new skills, attitudes, and energy you have. The  friendships and contacts - tested by Jam - you have made. The other projects and initiatives which will come later.  And of course the knowledge that you CAN do this, you can beat impossible deadlines, work like crazy and still have fun.
Thank you again.  All of you. YOU ARE THE JAM.
Let's do it again in November at Global Sustainability Jam, where we will have just 48 hours to save the world.
It's over, we're worn out. We all need to sleep. 
GlobalHQ out. JAM OFF!
Markus & Adam.
PS Oh, just one more thing... The next JamJam - the meeting of dedicated Jammers who want to make a better Jam - will be held in the beautiful city of.....

(to be continued)

Follow the buzz around the world

on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 06:59

If you want to follow what's going on at the jam worldwide try the official hashtag #ggovjam on the various social channels:

On Twitter follow #ggovjam

On Flickr follow #ggovjam

Jamming Away

on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 18:56

As day 2 comes to an end for the jammers of the east, the western jammers gear up for some great adventures. A world connected, working together encouraged by the desire to learn, create and experience, inspired by the will to rock the public system, and maybe, just maybe change the world. 

Good luck to all, and KEEP JAMMING!!

We are jamming!

on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 02:52


For all participants of the local jams: the platform is now open for registration. Here what you can do on 

  1. Register (or login): Go to and simply follow the instructions.  Note: If you already were part of GovJam 2012 you can simply login using your username and password. 
  2. Update your profile: After you've logged in, take a few minutes to update your profile information. It's cool for other jammers to know who they jam with. But it's always your choice how much you want to share.   
  3. MY JAM: When logged in, you are automatically redirected to your profile page. There you will find links to
    • Create or join a project submission
    • Work on your your project submission

Who's coming to Global GovJam?

on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 16:38

Urban planners, university administrators, librarians, daycarers, graphic designers, teachers, federal policy consultants, community developers, people support analysts, impact advocates...

UXers, healthcare strategists, service designers, culture officers, civic organisers, architects, planners, students, tourism specialists, journalists, public sector innovation experts, tech experts...

Phd candidates, anthropologists, NGO workers, small business owners, public administrators, researchers, E-government specialists, students, coaches, product managers...

school coordinators, consultants, bicycle safety instructors, regional policy managers, education policy advocates, attorneys, community engagement specialists, mayors, ministers and citizens...

are coming to Global GovJam! Will you join them?

What does a Jam look like?

on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 11:51

For a good example of how a Jam can be, check out this film by Josh Lee. It shows the 2012 London site of our partner event, the Global Sustainability Jam. Every Jam is a little different, but this gives a great feeling of the impact.

(If you can't see the video, try this link.)


You can Jam! Anyone can!

on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:45

Thinking of hosting a Jam? Yes, we are still accepting locations!

A Jam can be as big or as small as you manage. It can be full-service, or self-orgaining. It can be a whole conference center, or just your kitchen table. All you really need is a space, some people, some internet and an open attitude... 

It doesn't matter if you are a public servant or a government employee - anyone can host. (We think your GovJam location will benefit from having both those types of people in the room, so if you are not connected to public service in any way, we have some tips to help you reach out to them.).

We have seen Jams put together in a few hours and - while that style is not for everyone - they rocked! So, if you're still hesistating, just get in touch. We'll help you to Jam the world of public services!


(Image: Istanbul Service Jam)

Growing every day!

on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:31

The Global GovJam is growing fast. As more and more locations join us, we already have sites on 5 continents, with more signing up nearly every day!  Anyone can host a GovJam site - whether you are a Gov employee, a professional innovator or designer, or a private citizen. We think the best jams will include a mix of all those people - but anyone can start the ball rolling! Why not give it a try?

Oh, and check out the growing community on our Facebook page and Twitter. We'll see you there!

We're going GLOBAL in June 2013!

on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:33

After the success of the 2012 Pilot, we'll be going Global in 2013!

The folks behind the Global Service Jam will be working with the Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education to spread the news of the Jam in both the service innovation scene, and the public sector worldwide.

Mark your calendars for Global GovJam, 4, 5, 6 June 2013!

(More news soon!)

Got the Jam Fever?

on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 19:19

Want to Jam again?

Join us all over the world at the next Global Sustainability Jam, on the first weekend of November, 2012... :)


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