Something is happening next weekend. Something big.
www.globalservicejam.org - @GSJam - #GSJ11
Over the last few years, we've watched with fascination as service design has grown from a fringe discipline into something large organisations are not only embracing, but beginning to embed into their in-house operations. Now—if the twittersphere is anything to go by—the service design community is gearing up for quite a celebration of this worldwide influence.
On Friday 11th March, service designers will gather with a whole host of creatives, academics, industry experts and social innovators in around 50 locations across the globe, to spend the weekend designing new services around a theme to be revealed when it all kicks off. At the end of the weekend's work and frivolities, the teams will share their outcomes with each other and the world, under a CreativeCommons agreement, online.
To the suprise of the two German-based service designers Markus Hormess and Adam Lawrence who first suggested the event, the Global Service Jam 2011 is already set to involve around a thousand "jammers" and could expand even further—the organisers still welcoming sign-ups and new jam locations. We're equally impressed by the jam community's creativity in the branding of each "jam" as an off-shoot of the over-all event.