Doing over thinking, making over meeting

From October 28-30 people all around the globe came together for 48 hours to make the world a better place. From Mexico to Melbourne and Belo Horizonte to Berlin professionals and students of various backgrounds met at 45 locations in 28 countries to spend a weekend creating sustainable products and services.

Similar to a jam session in music, people with different skills got together to collaborate having only a limited amount of time. Following a globally shared design topic of “playgrounds” all teams had to initially translate this into a concrete task for their own 48 hours challenge.

Manuel Großmann and Martin Jordan, organisers of the Global Sustainability Jam in Berlin, talk about globally connected creativity, the advantages of time pressure and how to teach design methods to non-designers on the fly. They share their goals and failures, explain how to enable unacquainted people to collaborate instantly and how to share knowledge when being clueless.

About the speaker

Manuel Großmann is a designer at Fjord, a digital Service Design Agency. Over the last 2 and a half years Manuel has worked in the fields of interaction design, user experience and usability. His latest projects included topics like mobile services, social media and connected life. He also has a strong focus on strategic projects and design research. Manuel currently teaches at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art.

Martin Jordan is a brand experience consultant and strategic designer. He studied product, interaction and commu­nication design as well as user-centred innovation. During the last 5 years he has worked for international design and branding consultancies in London, Buenos Aires and Berlin. Recently he joint the team of Nokia Maps.

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