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This year marks the 5th edition of the Global Goals Jam. During these past five years, our community has grown substantially. We have had jammers participating in over 85 cities all over the world – that calls for a celebration. Therefore, we would like to invite you to join Back to the Futures, our very first online symposium!
With Back to the Futures, we officially kick off the Global Goals Jam 2020.

What? An online symposium in which we have invited long-term Global Goals Jam organizers and a facilitator to take the (virtual) stage. In a total of three rounds, these speakers will explore three topics that are key in designing for and with the Sustainable Development Goals:

1. Social and cultural bias in creative practices for sustainable development.
2. The shift in perspectives from human-centered design to design for life/design for the Sustainable Development Goals
3. Distance and desirability: health and well being in the communities of the digital age.

During each round, two to three speakers will share and discuss local perspectives from all over the globe on one of these topics between themselves – and together with you!

How? Simply post your questions in the chat next to the virtual stage – at the end of each round, we will do a Q&A. We encourage you to think along critically and share with us questions from your communities locally in order to foster inclusivity and diversity.

Why? With five years in the making, we wanted to give you the opportunity to connect more with our growing global community and think along with us about future Global Goals Jams. In these times of unprecedented uncertainty and with many being home-bound, it is – more than ever – important to embrace cross-cultural collaboration and design. By looking back on the experiences and insights from five years of Global Goals Jam, we can build sustainable futures together.

Where? The online platform Hopin. Get your free ticket here!

When? Wednesday, the 16th of September 2020, 12:00 until 14:00 CEST (local Amsterdam time).

After the symposium ends, you are more than welcome to stick around on the platform Hopin – it has some great networking options – so you can meet organizers and participants around the world. At 14:30 there will also be the option to dive in deeper into the projects we will work on in Amsterdam, by testing some freshly designed prototypes of our trainees. So stick around.

Speakers will be announced on our website shortly.

See you there!