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The Spindle Supports the Global Goals Jam 2017 to stimulate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. “An attribution to solving

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and MediaLAB Amsterdam, are presenting the

2nd edition of the #GlobalGoalsJam.

We are all looking for design/ prototype interventions for the Sustainable Development Goals

(SDG’s) and ask for local challenges that matter to you & your partner organisations.

In 2017 the Global Goals Jam will take place all over the world from the 15th till the 17th of

September .

Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow. Let's #Design2030Now!

The #GlobalGoalsJam is a two-day event consisting of human centered design sprints. Creative

teams located all over the world, consisting of designers, experts, developers, and other creatives,

work together on SDG-challenges, using a tailored (user centered design) toolkit. The teams create

interventions aimed at short term targets in support of the long term goals. In 2016, 17 cities joined

and over 500 creators, experts and designers developed concepts, ideas and prototypes. To organize

this, the UN reached out to the (service) design field to bring in their expertise in multidisciplinary

problem-solving and human centered design methodology.

You can find the video of last years’ Jam here:

To increase the impact and sustainability of solutions coming out of the jams, UNDP and MediaLAB

Amsterdam are collaborating with The Spindle to find partners to feed the #GlobalGoalsJam 2017

with “local challenges”.


Kindly click here to access Local Challenges invitation and here for the Global Goals Jam Challenges.

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