Back to the futures – Global Goals Jam online symposium

Back to the Futures -the Global Goals Jam’s first online symposium!

This year marks the 5th edition of the Global Goals Jam. During these past five years, our community has grown substantially. We have had jammers participating in over 85 cities all over the world – that calls for a celebration. Therefore, Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Milano and us from Digital Society School (DSS) Amsterdam would like to invite you to join Back to the Futures, our very first online symposium!
With Back to the Futures, we officially kick off the Global Goals Jam 2020.

An online symposium in which we have invited long-term Global Goals Jam organizers and a facilitator to take the (virtual) stage. In a total of three rounds, these speakers will explore three topics that are key in designing for and with the Sustainable Development Goals.

After the opening statement by Simona Maccagnani (Istituto Europeo di Design), Nick Verouden (Digital Society School) and Boaz Paldi (United Nations Development Programme), we will proceed with 3 rounds:

  • 12:10 – 12:35: Social and cultural bias in creative practices for sustainable development
    with Sanjay Gupta, Mohamed Muse Hassan and Jorik Elferink
  • 12:35 – 13:00 Shift in perspective from human-centered design to design for life/SDGs
    with Nadim Choucair, Tokushu Inamura and Daniela Moya
  • 13:10 – 13:35 Distance and desirability: health and well-being in the communities of the digital age
    with Stephanie Helou, Kelsie Stewart, and Shinichiro Ito

During each round, our speakers will share and discuss local perspectives from all over the globe between themselves – and together with you!

Simply post your questions in the chat next to the virtual stage – at the end of each round, we will do a Q&A. We encourage you to think along critically and share with us questions from your communities locally in order to foster inclusivity and diversity.

With five years in the making, we wanted to give you the opportunity to connect more with our growing global community and think along with us about future Global Goals Jams. In these times of unprecedented uncertainty and with many being home-bound, it is – more than ever – important to embrace cross-cultural collaboration and design. By looking back on the experiences and insights from five years of Global Goals Jam, we can build sustainable futures together.

The online platform Hopin. Get your free ticket here!

Wednesday, the 16th of September 2020, 12:00 until 14:00 GMT+1 (local Amsterdam time).

After the symposium ends, you are more than welcome to stick around on the platform Hopin – it has some great networking options – so you can meet organizers and participants around the world. At 14:30 there will also be the option to dive in deeper into the projects we will work on in Amsterdam, by testing some freshly designed prototypes of our trainees. So stick around!


Mohamed Muse Hassan – Mr. Hassan is the Founder and Director of the Institute of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (IITE Institute) at SIMAD University, a hub for nurturing innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship education in Somalia and beyond. Mr. Hassan hosted the first edition of the Global Goals Jam (GGJ) in Somalia in 2019. Mr. Hassan is also a Mentor for Ashinaga Africa Initiative Young Leaders for Africa in Tokyo; and the Innovation Manager for Kakehashi Africa, an association of more than 1,200 African scholars who studied in Japan.
Mr. Hassan is currently the coordinator of the Empower NextGen Somalia, a one-year program sponsored by the US Embassy to Somalia to mentor, guide, and build the skills for 40 Somali youth under two tracks: Entrepreneurship Track (20) and ICT Track (20). He is also the coordinator of The Next Economy, a job creation program in Nigeria, Mali, and Somalia to unleash youth talents, build their confidence and hone the skills they need for a successful career in a job or as an entrepreneur.

Jorik Elferink – Learning Experience Designer & Facilitator.
Hi, I’m Jorik. Let’s make organisations more human. I’m driven by connection. A connection with yourself, with each other and with the planet. I design and facilitate processes and learning methods that bring people closer together and inspire a new way of thinking and working. This leads to new and innovative ideas for current and future challenges. I focus on sustainability and put planet before profit.I’ve been part of the Global Goals Jam community since 2016 and was the Amsterdam organizer for 2018.

Sanjay Gupta – Vice Chancellor at World University of Design, Delhi, India

Nadim Choucair – Nadim is a Lebanese-Canadian ecosystem builder based in Berlin, Germany. He’s on a mission to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda through partnerships. Before starting 2030 Cabinet, Nadim worked as an innovation consultant with a focus on public funding and policy in Montreal and more recently as ecosystem partnerships manager at etventure in Berlin. He holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and a MALD (MA in Law & Diplomacy) from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston.
Nadim wrote his capstone about integrating the SDGs into a Design Thinking framework while at Fletcher. He initiated the Global Goals Jam in Berlin, and is a speaker and moderator at conferences and events such as the World Design Summit, Sense Camp, ToolFest, and the G-STIC series, raising awareness and sharing his work on the 2030 Agenda. He’s also an UNLEASH SDG Talent

Tokushu Inamura – Professor at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Experienced Assistant Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the research and education industry. Strong Design and Engineering professional skilled in Design Management, User Experience Design (UED), Mechatronics, and Interaction Design. Focussed on making impact for truly sustainable futures. Current research focus is on Post Human-centered Design.

Daniela Moya Becerra – Fjord Buenos Aires
Daniela is a Design Strategist and Social Innovation Lead in Fjord, a global design and innovation consultancy. She is currently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work consists of helping public and private sector organizations to develop products, services, brands and initiatives focused on the real needs of people, inspired by local and global trends, and aware of their economic, cultural and social context. To this end, she and her team incorporate in their projects ethnographic research, Design Thinking techniques, and participatory design processes, among other methodologies. Daniela’s academic training is in Social Communication and in Administration of Organizations of the Cultural and Creative Industries. From Caracas, Venezuela

Shinichiro Ito – Lecturer at Kyoto Sangyo University, Faculty of Information Science and Engineering
Shin is passionate about education in Inclusive Design and Digital Fabrication field. His personal motto is: “Designing is Empowering”. He graduated from Kyushu University with a Bachelor of Design (Acoustic Design) and Master of Design Strategy and has been trained at the MediaLAB Amsterdam and FabLab Amsterdam in 2013-2014. He coordinated the international design and digital fabrication educational programmes as technical staff of Kyushu University from 2015 to 2018 and subsequently became a lecturer at Kyoto Sangyo University Faculty of Information Science and Engineering in 2018. He has hosted the Global Goals Jam Fukuoka in 2016 at Kyushu University, which was the first edition of Global Goals Jam in Japan. After this, he started to coordinate Global Goals Jam Kyoto with FabCafe Kyoto as of 2018. He will co-organize the first edition of the online jam that will connect 2 cities: Global Goals Jam Fukuoka x Kyoto 2020.

Stephanie Helou – Stephanie is an Argentinean living in Germany for the past 7 years. She has 10 years experience in Design and Innovation and currently works at Fjord. She co-hosted the first Global Goals Jam in Cologne last year, as well as initiated the strategic partnership between INSITUM (currently Fjord Latam) and the Global Goals Jam. Recently appointed Honorary Representative of the City of Buenos Aires in Munich, she is an advocate of cross-cultural collaboration and public-private sector partnerships towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Kelsie Stewart – FabCafe CCO (Chief Community Officer)
Born in the United States, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology (2009) and a Masters of Arts in Religion (2015). Kelsie has been in the specialty coffee world as a barista and espresso trainer since 2008 and was introduced to FabCafe as an espresso trainer through coffee friends shortly after FabCafe’s opening in 2012. She joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017.Kelsie oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Gabriel Weirich – facilitator of Back to the Futures
Gabriel Weirich is an interdisciplinary professional, an innovation manager, a design thinker, a storyteller and a trend observer who pursues a holistic and life-centered approach guided by the wish to enhance the quality of life and create value. Gabriel, lecturer and workshop leader at IED Istituto Europeo di Design, has extensive international experience within the design and creative sectors and in promoting a culture of sustainable innovation. Gabriel is lead coach of the Global Goals Jam for Italy, Milan & Rome.

Foreword by:
Simona Maccagnani – Simona Maccagnani is a designer and system thinker with an international experiences proven-track record who aims at bringing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to life by grounding them in creative ecosystems. Simona is Head of the Research Center at IED Istituto Europeo di Design, where she oversees and collaborates in inter and transdisciplinary research and innovation projects, both local and global, promoting cross-cultural creative intelligence and sustainable innovation. She is Ambassador and local organizer of the Global Goals Jam for Italy, Milan & Rome.

Nick Verouden, PhD – Anthropologist, programme manager Design Across Cultures and senior researcher at the Digital Society School.
Nick Verouden leads the Design Across Cultures programme at the Digital Society School, in which innovative approaches and methodologies to foster collaboration for today’s biggest social challenges are developed and employed, using the force of cultural differences and similarities as a design strategy. His research is on conversations, both online and offline, among stakeholders in complex innovation processes related to sustainability, paying particular attention to the significance of issues that are not discussed, unspoken or silenced. In the past he has worked as an anthropologist at Wageningen University, University of Amsterdam and VU University on the topics of multi-stakeholder dialogue, health communication and human-environmental (especially in relation to water) 

Boaz Paldi – Global Engagement & Partnership Management at UNDP