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Rules for participants

Rules Background

A Sustainability Jam is a cooperative gathering of people interested in a design-based approach to creativity and problem solving, and of course in sustainability issues.  It is there to encourage experimentation and innovation – participants come together without a team, without an idea and are given a subject or theme to incorporate in their new-to-the-world design while meeting new people.

The Global Sustainability Jam is a community of Jams taking place internationally over the same weekend. All the Jams share the same starting themes, and publish their local results over a central platform. The theme and constraints for participants in the Global Sustainability Jam will be announced at 5:00PM (local time) on the Friday, and results must be shared by 3:00pm (local time) on the Sunday.

Each local group has freedom to structure and manage the Jam to fit their local situation and needs (eg you can make your own version of the logo, see below).  A few rules are in place for Organisers and Participants; if you want your Jam to be part of the Global event, you will need to follow these. Besides these rules, we hope that local teams will follow many of our recommendations so that we share a common experience and everyone can work on a level playing field.

Basic rules for participants

  • Collaborate with new people
    Please do not come to the Jam with a team. Everyone will have some time to think and pitch an idea. Collaborate with new friends or peers you admire.
  • Be on time

    Please show up to the Jam on time.
  • Use your own tools

    Participants will use their own tools, including hardware, software, communications and stationery. If you need a computer and certain software, make sure you have it pre-loaded on your computer.
  • Sign up: individual and team

    All participants need to sign up to the Planet Jam website and add themselves, their team and their project to the project database.
  • (Optional) Be part of the conversation

    Experience shows that one of the most valuable parts of the Jam is to be part of the online community. For the global communication amongst participants we use Twitter, among other platforms. Please add #GSusJ11 to your tweets.

Rules on intellectual property

  • All results are owned by the individual design team

  • All services, ideas, art, code and concepts made during the Global Sustainability Jam are owned by the members of the team that developed them (not the local Jam or the Global organizers). This includes all aspects of intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. In the cooperative spirit of a service jam, there are often many people helping one another. All members of the team are held to standard industry practices of collaboration, including appropriate acknowledgements to parties (also in other teams) who may have contributed. The design team is free to develop their ideas commercially after the Jam, but the results of the Jam itself must be open, as below.
  • All results have to be published and archived on the Global Sustainability Jam website under Creative Commons licence
  • All participants of the Global Sustainability Jam will allow the documentation of their service to be archived on the Global Sustainability Jam website in the form it was submitted at the end of the jam. Participants may ask to have an update of the documents posted with notice of version information. 
All works will be licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 (
  • The Global Sustainability Jam prohibits the use of pre-made content (this includes graphic designs, processes, models, audio, program code, etc.) unless it was publicly available at least a month prior to the service jam. Please also make sure that if you use pre-made content, you use content with a appropriate licence (CC or public licence).
  • All materials can be used for demonstration - all materials made at the Global Sustainability Jam can be used for demonstration and lecture at conferences, schools or industry venues with the expressed discretion of the Global Sustainability Jam and Work Play Experience.

Have fun! 

As an initiative of Work Play Experience, the Global Sustainability Jam is designed to be fun, and we are trying to keep things simple. The best rule of thumb is that teams should not illegally exploit others' intellectual property, and that in turn, everything we create becomes part of the public domain. Participants agree by their participation in the Global Sustainability Jam that they will hold no-one liable for any loss or damage.