Imagine a Jam session in music. You come together, bringing your instruments, your skills, your open mind. Someone sets up a theme, and you start to Jam around it. You don't over analyse it, you don't discuss it to death, you Jam. You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back. Together, you build something which none of you could have built alone. And at the same time, you are learning new ideas, discovering more about how you work and whom you best work with, sharpening your skills, and having a great time. And who knows, maybe there are one or two ideas there which might make it to the next album. Or maybe you Jammed so well, you decide to form a band…
The Global Sustainability Jam works in just the same way. But it's not music you are Jamming - it's ideas. You'll be working with people you might never have met before, bouncing ideas off one another and building on what bounces back. And it's not just talking - you are here to turn your ideas into a concrete design or plan of action which you or somebody else might want to make real. Perhaps it will be a service, a physical device, an initiative, a network, or something no-one has thought of yet - can you describe and plan it in a way that someone could go out and make it real, knowing what resources they would need, what they should do, and who they should talk to? That's the challenge of the Jam. (copied from the Global Sustainability Jam website) :-)
The Sustainability Jam is one of the sister Jam events. The topic is given only on the day. But “Sustainability” is the frame for this Jam. Ideas, solutions, products and services that can impact the world and society. It does not have to be big, it does not have to be feasible, it has to inspire and create sparks.
Do I have to know about sustainability? Not really. It is your chance actually to get in touch with such complex concept and learn more from experienced professionals from the field. If you are an experienced researcher or practitioner, It is also a chance to open to a different point of view and reflect how can you really impact people’s live.
Important reminder: The Jam is not a conference. We like conference, but do not think you will be listening and watching, you will be thinking, producing and jamming. It does not mean that the jam is not for networking. It means that you will network in a different way. :-)
Sustainability Jam Heidelberg
It is the second time that Heidelberg is joining the Jam season. Seeing last year´s event in the SAP Apphaus in Heidelberg, the city is joining the creative wave and enabling more local professionals to inspire the world.
The @SusJamHD aims at bringing together professionals, students and researchers from different fields to co-innovate on an intense and hands-on weekend. Besides the different perspectives, the participants will talk with real people in order to broaden their insights.
It is important to mention that the Sustainability Jam is a non-profit event. All the money raised through ticket prices is used to pay for infrastructure, meals and materials that have not been sponsored. It is organized by enthusiastic volunteers who just love making people meet and create things together.