Global Goals Jam 2018: Design 2030 now!

The Global Goals Jam is a two-day event consisting of short design sprints, in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme. Creative teams of designers, developers and Jammers from the local community work together using a tailored toolkit provided by Digital Society School. Together, they create interventions aimed at short-term targets in support of the long-term goals. Do you want to join a global community of change-makers, ranging from Rio de Janeiro, Accra, Copenhagen to Amman, Delhi, Fukuoka and more? Join us to Design 2030 Now!

The Global Goals Jam 2018 will take place in the weekend of 21-23 September, just before Climate Week. Over 60 locations participate in this 3rd edition, where we will work on 5 different goals and their related local challenges. Together with UNDP, the goals we have selected for this year are Goal 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.

Local organisers – ranging from universities and design labs to NGOs or consultancies – can apply to host a Jam. Together with partners from the local industry they co-design challenges related to one or more of the selected goals. Digital Society School provides them with a toolkit and online training to guide the design process.

The main elements of a Jam are:

–    2 days in the weekend before Climate Week

–    local challenges related to one of the Global Goals, co-created with the local community and industry

–    multidisciplinary teams of creatives, researchers and sustainability experts

–    short design sprints (4 sprints divided over 2 days)

–    Global Goals Jamkit with methods and tools to guide the design process

–    Process and results are shared so that the community can build upon each other’s work

Want to know where to join a Jam? Check out the Global Goals Jam website

To face the challenges of the future, we need to design for social, environmental ánd economic sustainability


In 2016, UNDP approached Digital Society School to create a collaboration that connected the design community with the Sustainable Development Goals. These are 17 Goals, with underlaying targets and indicators, set by the UNDP “to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.”

Since the birth of these goals in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, as a replacement of the Millennium Development Goals, they were known and used within policy and government organs, but not yet very present within local and creative communities. The Global Goals Jam aimed to change this: to empower local people to create impact for the global goals, solving local challenges relevant to their context.

During the first ever edition of the Global Goals Jam in September 2016, 17 locations and over 500 jammers created over 10.000 hours of direct (design) impact for the SDG’s. In the second year we had more than 1200 participants in over 40 cities worldwide designing for sustainable impact. Currently, we are now growing our on- and offline community into a self-organising structure – for, with and by Jammers.