Global Goals Jam 2021 Online – 5th Anniversary Asia Trans-local Challenge

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Global Goals Jam (GGJ) is a 2-day workshop that will be held across the globe in the weekend before Climate Week in September (for this year, its 18 -19 September), where participants ideate and prototype solutions for local challenges related to one of the Global Goals.

Sat, September 17, 2021 – Sun, September 18, 2021  UTC-04:00

20:00 – 05:00 2021.9.9(木)

Online Session

Free (reservation required)



What is Global Goals Jam?

Global Goals Jam (GGJ) is a 2-day workshop that will be held across the globe in the weekend before Climate Week in September (for this year, its 18 -19 September), where participants ideate and prototype solutions for local challenges related to one of the Global Goals.

Trans-local: Online interlocking across regions

Last year, due to COVID-19, the GGJ community in Fukuoka and Kyoto changed the holding method to online and sought a method of regional cooperation that connects participants from all over the world. (Reference: 2020 event page)

In 2021, FabCafe KL together with Impact Hub KL will join the GGJ community in Fukuoka and Kyoto to host the 2021 jams called the 5th Anniversary Asia Trans-local Challenge. We will connect Asian cities and hold cross-regional workshops as an attempt to take advantage of the full online environment. Taking up challenges from Fukuoka, Kyoto, Yamaguchi, Oita, Kagoshima and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the challenges are focusing on each local issue and sharing the perspectives of the stakeholders of the issue.

Co-creation with the challenge owner (aka project owner)

In this workshop, we will introduce a “project owner system” in which participants can choose the challenge they would like to solve that are related to the SDGs (UN’s Sustainable Development Goals).
Here are 6 challenges given by the 6 project owners:

Challenge 1 (conducted in Japanese)

What is a society where everyone can learn by self-selection not just in school?
– Challenge owner: Shinobu Murakami (General Incorporated Association Happy Education)

“Truancy” should not be a bad thing. But what should we do if the word itself has a negative image and is isolated as a result? Ms. Murakami started this activity from the thought. While practicing a wide range of learning outside of school, we are exploring forms of learning that embrace a variety of values ​​and diversity. Currently, in the learning environment of children, the number of children who are not good at school because they do not fit the school system is increasing and they are isolated. How can all the participants think of a “diversified learning environment” that allows all children to learn and become independent adults by exploring the various backgrounds that the school feels weak? Is it?

Challenge 2 (conducted in Japanese)

What kind of inclusive play can everyone enjoy together?
– Challenge owner: Maya Yamada (Mirasuta! Connected ” Koen ” Project)

Ms. Yamada’s son goes to a nursery where children with disabilities and children without disabilities play and learn together. In that school, it is not special to have a disability, instead it becomes natural to play with what you like and to help and support on what you are not good at. Yamada and her colleagues are working to establish and inclusive park – a park where anyone can enjoy, with or without disabilities) in Kyoto, just like that nursery. If children can play together despite their differences from a young age, it will be natural for them to accept everybody’s differences when they grow up, thus creating an inclusive society. This does not only to parks, but kindergartens, nursery, schools, workplaces … What kind of play can everyone enjoy as a first step toward becoming inclusive?

Challenge 3 (conducted in Japanese)

How can we create a mechanism to positively change the relationship between cities and rural areas?
– Challenge owner: Maya Fukuda an active desinger in Yabakei,Oita

Ms. Fukuda joined GGJ in 2020 with the challenge of resolving the distortion between urban and rural areas. As a result, she took action and bought a land because she came up with ideas such as using accommodation as exchange bases, utilization of technology and village support. This year, she wants to come up with a concrete idea of ​​what she can actually do with this land. She wants to create an airy countryside! Is there anyone who wants to change the relationship between the city and the rural areas with her? How can we bridge the rural and urban divide?

Challenge 4 (conducted in Japanese)

How can the circular economy be implemented in society?
– Challenge owner: Natsuma Future Commons

Satsuma Future Commons wants to create an experimental circular city in Satsuma River, Kagoshima. Satsumasendai City, Kyushu University and Republic have begun to design a system of circular economy with citizen participation. Researchers and citizens are trying to produce innovators and start-ups that will fly to the world while repeatedly implementing social implementation in Satsuma River for research and development related to clothing, food and housing. This is a project that has just begun and I have made a name for myself as a project owner because I want to work with people from various regions, not just in Satsumasendai City . Let’s think together about what kind of experiment can be done when replacing it with each region.

Challenge 5 (conducted in English)

How can we reverse destructive development, restore and reinstate locality and places for all (people & natural habitat)?
– Challenge owner: Doris Quek Colllab

Taman Keramat AU2 Pangsapuri is one of the poorest urban areas in Kuala Lumpur. It has reached a milestone in combating criminal activities in their community through a self-initiated collaborative community farm. With great progression with the farm and self-sustainability, they had then impacted multiple neighborhood communities in initiating urban farming. Along with the new live-built Keramat Garden Open Library, this place has started to gain great attention from the public last year. It has then opened up new potentials into vegetational and ecological conservation, through education and spearheading sustainable local tourism, in order to ripple these impacts at the national level. However, the river remained tainted by surrounding industries (as the rest of the river in the city), the first challenge is, how can we reverse destructive development, restore and return locality and places for all (locals & natural habitat)? Secondly, how do we create a sustainable ecosystem that weaves between local lifestyles, urban farming towards healthy tourism?

Challenge 6 (conducted in English)

How to change people’s awareness of waste disposal and stop the destruction of landfills?
– Challenge owner: Banu Chandran, Marisa Razeek (Pamarai)

Pamarai, a Malaysian company, developed a machine called “The Asher” that turns garbage into ash through pyrolysis. Disposing of garbage in a landfill consumes a lot of land and consumes a lot of energy. The Asher can break down waste without burning and the ash produced can be reused as fertilizer. However, the challenge is to raise awareness about the state of our landfills in Malaysia and its destruction to our soil and environment. In Malaysia, garbage collection in residential areas is carried out 2-3 days a week and it is very convenient. Through GGJ, we want to think of the possibility of a global paradigm shift in waste management.
[For the individual] How to encourage people to manage waste with The Asher instead of allowing it to go to the landfill?
[For the community] How can we develop initiatives such as the #trash-to-cash initiative that encourages people to take responsibility for their waste?
[Globally] How can we raise awareness about the Asher and its need in today’s world?

This Japan-Malaysia crossover allows us to collaborate and co-create solutions in a multidisciplinary team people with diverse background and knowlege! We need to engage in a way that goes beyond talking, towards making and creating, in a space for people from all backgrounds who bring in their local knowledge, ensuring a bottom-up, grassroots approach.

To participate

This registration is for the English speaking challenges: Challenge 5 & Challenge 6.
If you speak Japanese, you can choose between Challenge 1 to Challenge 4 HERE.

The final presentation of all team’s solution will be in English to facilitate international dissemination.

The program

8:00 – 17:00 (in Malaysia time)
9:00 – 18:00 (in Japan Time)

Day1: Saturday, September 18th 8:00 – 17:00 (Malaysian Time)

[1] Introduction
[2] SPRINT 1 | Explore it!
[3] Middle Presentation
[4] SPRINT 2 | Respond to it!

Day2: Sunday, September 19th 8:00 – 17:00 (Malaysian Time)

[1] Morning Session
[2] SPRINT 3 | Make it!
[3] SPRINT 4 | Share it!
[4] Final Presentation
[5] Closing Session

This workshop is recommended forParticipants Conditions

・ Able to participate in the 2-day program online
・ For the workshop, we will be using Zoom and Miro, an online ‘whiteboard’


Gwyneth Jong (FabCafe Kuala Lumpur) |
Faiz Hassan (Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur) |

Hosts / Organizers / Sponsor

Co-hosted by: Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Ito (Shin) Laboratory, Kyoto Sangyo University, Faculty of Global Sciences, Yamaguchi University, FabCafe Kyoto, FabCafe Kuala Lumpur, Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur
Sponsored by: United Nations Human Residence Plan (Habitat), Fukuoka Headquarters (in charge of Asia Pacific), Fukuoka City

Past GGJ

This is what went down last year, in GGJ Kyoto x Fukuoka 2020


Date & Time

Sat, September 17, 2021 – Sun, September 18, 2021 20:00 – 05:00 2021.9.9(木) UTC-04:00


Online Session


Free (reservation required)


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