Mini-Jam Ingredients

What is a Jam?
Someone sets up a theme, and you start to Jam around it. You don’t overanalyse it, you don’t discuss it to death, you Jam.¬†You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back. Together, you build something which none of you could have built alone. usually a service jam happens over 48 hours…if you are interested you can check out the XJamGov event here

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A Mini-Jam is exactly the same, but it is conducted in a shorter time frame – usually 1 day or a minimum of 3 hours – It may only create part of an idea but it will help you kick start a process

And it’s not just talking – you are here to turn your ideas into a concrete design, prototype and plan of action which you or somebody else might want to make real.

Can you prototype and plan it in a way that someone could go out and make it real, knowing what resources they would need, what they should do, and who they should talk to? That’s the challenge of the Mini-Jam.

In order to help you create the right environment for your Mini-Jam we have pulled together a basic list of ingredients to help you.

Mini-Jam Ingredients (The following list is provided as a guide)

  • The right space – if you have a meeting room, change the layout to make it more cafe style.
  • Lego / Playdoh – having something to build with or play with helps your creativity and also can help you articulate your ideas in different ways.
  • Post-it notes – you can’t have a creative meeting without post-it notes.
  • Flipchart paper and pens – it’s like post-it note sbut bigger and less portable
  • Whiteboard pens – you never know there might be a whiteboard in your meeting room. if you don’t take pens you’ll wish you did.
  • Paper, pens, pencils and crayons – essential for being able to draw your ideas, sketch proto-types of even make a paper aeroplane
  • Wifi – not critical but it really does help to have access to the internet to use a variety of tools and resources to help you think differently about how you can create outputs – the ¬†website digital tools for servcie design has a great list of digital resources to explore and try out
  • Food and refreshments – don’t underestimate the essential aspects like food and drink to ensure that people feel comfortable. It could simply be a bag of haribo or a few biscuits and some water.

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