We are proud to have been recognised by the prestigious Core77 Awards. Our Global Service Jam project was chosen from international nominees, being awarded the Runner-Up prize in the newly launched "Services" category.
When we launched the Jam in 2011, we were thrilled (and often congratulated) about being featured in a small article by Core77. Two years later, being awarded this major prize by the same organisation is a real honour.
"The Jam" is a global, face to face event where people of various backgrounds voluntarily spend 48 hours designing new services, learning new skills and new attitudes, meeting new collaborators and having a great time. The Global Service Jam and it's sister events are non-profit volunteer activities organized by an informal network of service design afficinados, who all share a common passion for growing the field of service design and customer experience. The Jam has a staff of none and a budget of nearly nothing.
Commenting on their decision, the Prize Jury said, "the Global Service Jam is an initiative significantly contributing to the spread of service design culture among students and professionals. Its worldwide diffusion, due to the easy adoptable and original format, has brought to the creation of a huge and passionate community of designers. The challenging format, highly engaging and motivating, has contributed to add services to the global design agenda."
However, the Jam is not just a WorkPlayExperience achievement. We have been able to mobilise a global network of Jammers, Hosts and supporters in more than 350 Jams worldwide. They have enlivened and expanded our basic idea - not to mention the contributions made by committed Jammers who travelled to JamJams in Gothenburg, Nuremberg and Sao Paulo. This award belongs to them too.
The Jam idea continues, with around 90 cities expected to join the next Global Sustainability Jam coming up in November. WorkPlayExperience also use jamming as an innovation and awareness tool in their consultancy work for large organisations over the world, from Herzogenaurach to Canberra.