Leeds Service Jam 2018 – thank you

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Thanks to everyone who jammed and joined in this year. You really were a great group. Full of fun and inspiration. Diversity and dynamism. Because of you, the Jam was all kinds of awesome. For everyone. #YouAreTheJam

Leeds Service Jam 2018 jammers assemble
Team Leeds Service Jam 2018 jammers assemble

Thanks to UKGovcamp for your sponsorship. It helps keep the cost of tickets down and makes the Jam more accessible for more people. Thanks to ODI Leeds for your support with the venue. Everyone always loves the space. Thanks to Kathyrn at Stick People for your kindness and wisdom. And Toolkits. You care and you share – unceasingly – to grow the service design community in the North. Thanks to Hannah at Fruity Kitchen for supplying us with cracking condiments and bants. Thanks to our ‘Twin’ Jams in Glasgow, Liverpool, and Singapore. It was a joy to connect and we learned so much from you all. And, thanks to our trusted team of volunteers, who give up their time to share their knowledge and spread the Jam spirit.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who has so far shared thoughts, reflections, pledges, and write-ups. Do keep them coming. We will be jamming again with Leeds GovJam in June, and so we hope to see you soon. We’ll also be back in 2019…

In the meantime, here are some super links:

  • Check out what got created in just 48-hours over on Global Jam HQ
  • Business for Everyone A pop-up learning space for people thinking about making the decision to start their own business.
  • Modern Community Watch Helping and supporting people who are homeless by creating a web app to report to the relevant charities, social enterprises, and local authorities.
  • Make it, Share it, Eat it! A pop-up service that brings people together for making and sharing good food.
  • Loaner Phoner A phone loan and repair service on the cheap.

And some write-ups…

Five Takeaways from Leeds Global Service Jam by @olaojo15  “The time, resource and presentation constraints forced us to be creative by sharpening our focus on making stuff instead of getting bogged down talking about making stuff.”

I learned a LOT in my first Jam! by @SalmaAfzal_“I would encourage everyone, whatever job you do, to take part. Nothing in the Jam is off limits, we are encouraged to be bold and take risks.”

Some photos in our Flickr gallery for Leeds Service Jam 2018

And, some tips, reflections, and messages for 2019 jammers

“Be bold. Be creative. Have fun!” – Amo

“It was a really complicated journey but we learned so much” – Fran

“I had an amazing time at #GSJam Leeds. I’m looking forward to practicing new ways of working by showing rather than telling. #ThisIsWhyWeJam” – Anthonia

“As someone who works from home I enjoyed doing something new and getting out of my comfort zone” – Sarah

“Use the resources available to you – the experience of the organisers” – Chris

“Trying something new will help you view your issues from another perspective” – Sarah

“It was a fantastic experience. Met and worked with an awesome team and learnt a lot of practical stuff” – Ola

“It was refreshing to work quickly and not over think getting feedback on ideas. A fun and exciting process” – Anna

“Immerse yourself into this experience and don’t be afraid to make mistakes” – Fran

“Role play often” – Sophie

“Get the idea out your head and into action” – Anthonia

“A fun experience. Developed new skills. Part of an awesome team. Keep calm and carry on jamming!” – Salma

So, thanks again, everyone. #YouAreTheJam 🙂

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