News【Call for Participants!】Global Goals Jam 2021: Asia Trans-Local Challenge2021.9.1

We are calling for participants for “Global Goals Jam* 2021 Online”, a 2-day online workshop to think about sustainability globally and generate ideas for solving local issues!

(What is Global Goals Jam? : The United Nations declared the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, and the Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs began in 2020. Global Goals Jam is one of the global efforts to contribute people’s creative ideas and power to the SDGs.)

The theme for 2021 is “Trans-local: online linkage across regions .”Featuring projects in Fukuoka, Kyoto, Yamaguchi, Oita, Kagoshima, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, participants will work together on issues in each Asian city from their homes or offices focusing on their local challenges and sharing the perspectives of the stakeholders of the issues.

Participants will also be challenged to design and facilitate “sustainable online group work” that includes a distributed prototype system that takes advantage of remote environments and breaks and chats to reduce the excessive state of concentration and physical strain associated with long hours of online connection.

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 – Sunday, September 19, 2021 9:00-18:00 both days
Venue: Online
Participation fee: Free (*This is a two-day consecutive workshop. Participation on only one of the two days is not accepted.)
Language: Participants can attend in either Japanese or English (*The final presentation will be given in English to facilitate international dissemination.)
Capacity: 35 participants (If there are too many applications, the number will be determined by lottery)
Application deadline: Thursday, September 9, 2021
How to apply: Peatix
*Projects in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be conducted mainly in English. If you wish to apply for the Kuala Lumpur projects, please click here:

【Six Questions】
■Challenge Themes from Japan (conducted in Japanese on the days)

1. Going to school is not everything. What is a society where everyone can learn by self-selection?
Shinobu Murakami (Happy Education)

Not going to school should not be a bad thing. But what can we do about the word itself, which carries a negative image and as a result of isolation? What can we do to explore the various backgrounds of individuals who feel uncomfortable at school and make all participants think about a ” diverse learning environment” where all children can learn and become independent adults in their own way as if it were their own?

2. What kind of inclusive plays can everyone enjoy together?
Maya Yamada (Mirasta! Connecting Park Project)

Ms. Yamada and her team are working to establish an inclusive park in Kyoto (a playground that everyone can enjoy, regardless of disability). If children with various backgrounds are present in the park where everyone gathers from a young age, and if they naturally accept each other’s differences, society will become more inclusive. As a first step toward making all places inclusive, what kind of plays can everyone enjoy?

3. How might we positively create a mechanism to change the relationship between urban and rural areas positively entirely.
Maya Fukuda

Ms. Fukuda works as a designer in Yabakei, Oita. She purchased the land to take action to solve the distortion between the city and the countryside! This year, she wants to develop concrete ideas for what she can do with this land. She wants to create a country with a positive and friendly atmosphere! And who would like to join in her scheme to change the relationship between the city and the countryside?

4. How might we implement a circular economy in society?
Satsuma Future Commons

Satsuma Future Commons is a project to create an experimental city of circular economy in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima, Japan, initiated by Satsumasendai City, Kyushu University, and Re-Public to design a circular economy system with citizen participation. This project has just begun, and they would like to work not only with Satsumasendai City but with people from various other regions. So let’s think together about what kind of experiments we can conduct when we replace the project with our respective communities.

‐Challenge Theme from Kuala Lumpur (conducted in English on the days)-
5. How might we move away from destructive development and create a livable ecological restoration model?
Doris Shu Han Quek(Colllab)

Taman Keramat AU2 Pangsapuri is one of the urban poor in Kuala Lumpur.  By starting a collective community farm, various positive impacts are being generated in the community. However, the river in the area remains polluted by the surrounding industries. Can destructive development be halted and a place restored for the local community and all people? How can we create a sustainable ecosystem that interweaves local lifestyles, urban agriculture, and healthy tourism?

6. How might we change people’s attitudes toward waste disposal and stop the destruction of landfills?
Banu Chandran、Marisa Razeek(Pamarai)

Panerai, a Malaysian company that has developed Asher, a machine that turns garbage into ash, aims to create a recycling system by breaking down waste into ash that can be reused as a fertilizer for the environment without burning it. We want to figure out how to get people to dispose of their trash at Asher instead of dumping it in landfills. For example, can we design a process that encourages people to take responsibility for their own garbage to be used to make money? We would like to have such discussions at GGJ.

【 Program 】
The Global Goals Jam will be divided into four two-day sprints of teamwork. (All Springs will be conducted online)
Day1 : September 18 (SAT) 9:00 – 18:00 (JST)
[1] Introduction
[2] SPRINT 1 | Explore it!
[3] Middle Presentation
[4] SPRINT 2 | Respond to it!

Day2 : September 19 (SUN) 9:00 – 18:00 (JST)
[1] Morning Session
[2] SPRINT 3 | Make it!
[3] SPRINT 4 | Share it!
[4] Final Presentation
[5] Closing Session

【Recommended for the following people】
・Those who are interested in the SDGs and want to take action.
・Those who are interested in sustainability in Asian regions.
・Those who are interested in or working on a creative solution to social issues.
・Those who want to apply their expertise to social issues.
・Those who want to be able to talk about issues happening in the world in their own words and make them their own.
・Those who wish to take creative action on education and environmental issues.
・Those who are interested in online design methods and design sprint methods.
・Those who want to make the outputs of workshops and ideas-thons into actual products, not just ideas.
・Those who are working on the SDGs and social issues as a job.
・Those who are working on the SDGs and social issues as individuals.

【Condition of Participation】
・Participants must be able to attend the entire 2-day Program.
・Participants who have at least one of the following skills are welcome; Graphic design, sketching, video editing, photography, crafts, digital fabrication, field research, product design, sound design, web production, programming, design thinking, planning, etc.
・English proficiency is not required, but we welcome applicants with English writing skills.
・Those who can provide their pieces of equipment (PC and Internet connection ) for online Participation.(*in this workshop, apps such as Zoom and Miro (an online whiteboard as online communication tools.)
※ Please let us know if you need staff support, such as information security.

【For inquiries】
Miwa Tsuruta(Kyushu University, Faculty of Design) | ggj[at]
※ Please change [at] into @ when sending a mail.

【Co-hosted and sponsored by】
Co-hosted: Kyushu University Faculty of Design, Kyoto Sangyo University Shinichiro Ito lab, Yamaguchi University Faculty of Global And Science Studies, FabCafe Kyoto, FabCafe Kuala Lumpur, Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur
Sponsored by: Fukuoka City, UN-HABITAT Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific-Fukuoka

【Cooperation by】
ULTRA FACTORY, Kyoto University of the Arts

【Past Activities: Global Goals Jam Fukuoka X Kyoto 2020】
In 2020, communities that have been active as “Global Goals Jam Fukuoka” and “Global Goals Jam Kyoto, “respectively, collaborated to hold workshops in Fukuoka and Kyoto, connecting the two cities as the first attempt to take advantage of a fully online environment.