[Application Closed] Global Goals Jam Fukuoka x Kyoto Online 2020

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What can design do for social issues? 
What can design do for the SDGs? 
two-day online jam that tackles sustainability from a global perspective and generates ideas for solving local issues.

Sat, September 19, 2020 – Sun, September 20, 2020  UTC+09:00

09:00 – 18:00

Online Session

30 people




Application deadline : September 6, 2020.

What can design do for social issues?
What can design do for the SDGs?
two-day online jam that tackles sustainability from a global perspective and generates ideas for solving local issues.

What is the Global Goals Jam?

The Global Goals Jam is a 2-day international workshop for all of us to think about sustainability from a global perspective and create ideas for local solutions to problems and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the two days, participants work in teams to create services, products and ideas that lead to achieving the SDGs.

The Global Goals Jam started in 2016 and has held more than 200 jams, with more than 7,000 participants and more than 1,000 ideas generated.It’s a global initiative where people from all walks of life – designers, programmers, engineers, researchers and the rest of us – assemble creative ideas and energy in a two day blast. The results of the Global Goals Jam will be made public via the Internet under a Creative Commons license and will become shared common knowledge worldwide.

Online collaboration between Fukuoka x Kyoto beyond regions:

In 2020, as the first attempt to make use of a fully online environment, we will hold a workshop that goes beyond regional boundaries by connecting the two cities of Fukuoka and Kyoto.

Global Goals Jam Fukuoka has been holding workshops on various issues in Fukuoka City since 2012 based on the perspective of universal design, which is “friendly to everyone, friendly to everyone,” and has created a system to return the results of these workshops to the community.
Global Goals Jam Kyoto was launched in 2018 and has sought out hints of sustainability in the historic city of Kyoto and generated ideas to connect to the SDGs.

We will focus on local issues in Kyoto and Fukuoka, and work to create them together while sharing the perspectives of participants and stakeholders of the issues.
We will also challenge you to design and facilitate a “sustainable online group work” that includes moderate breaks and chill time to make sure we have fun during the jam packed online sessions.
Of course, participants from outside Fukuoka/Kyoto are also welcome to join the workshop.

Workshop Theme

This year we will be working on the following four themes:

1. Public health | SDGs3, 11
2 .Education for All | SDGs 4, 10
3. Nature and climate change | SDGs 13, 15
4. Sustainable development for people and planet | SDGs 1, 8

From the four themes, we will choose a specific theme for the workshop in the context of Fukuoka and Kyoto, respectively. We have these 6 design challenges so far from each project owners.


How might we keep the sandy beach from getting polluted?
■Project Owner:Fukuoka For Sustainability(Alison Miyake)
She is a member of the Fukuoka For Sustainability (FFS), a non-profit volunteer group who clean the beach regularly since October 2019. At the moment, she and other members are thinking about whether they can work on reducing the amount of trash. For this Global Goals Jam, they want to come up with ideas to reduce the amount of plastic trash dumped on the beach.

How might we use a bus to revitalize the region with an aging population?
■Project Owner: Imajuku Project (Chinatsu Yokogawa)
This project was born from the idea of Global Goals Jam Fukuoka 2019. She and other members are trying to solve the issue of decline usage of the Nagisa-go bus, which is a means of transportation for people in the Imajuku area. They want to propose ways to revitalize the area by making use of the bus and to continue thinking about the possible utilization of the bus.

What is education for an inclusive society where everyone can learn actively, whether online or offline?
■Project Owner: Ikikata no Design Kenkyūjo (Shoko Toyama)
She wants to expand such a borderless society, but it is challenging to convey a natural and unobtrusive atmosphere and atmosphere to people with and without disabilities naturally and casually.
They would like you to work together to find a way to express the ideal society to as many people as possible, especially as an educational material for children to understand.

What is the future of good relationships between people and natural materials?
■Project Owner: The lacquer shop Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi Ten (Takuya Tsutsumi)
He has taken various approaches to introduce the quality of lacquer to people who are not interested in it, such as painting lacquer on skateboards, bicycles, and surfboards. At present, to convey the idea of people and natural materials, he is trying to create a Fab Village in Keihoku (located in the northern part of Kyoto) that is connected to the forest, where he can plant trees and hold workshops for children to connect with the forest.

How might we personalize manufacturing and connect it to the future?
■Project Owner: DESIGN WEEK KYOTO (Chika Iwaguchi)
Her organization tries to make Kyoto more creative by opening the manufacturing site to the public and interacting with various people. She and other members want to think about the future of manufacturing by adding the concept of a good future, in addition to good sellers, good buyers and good people.

With the concept of “local production for local consumption”, how might we enrich our lives by using bamboo materials to make the “hill at the back” in the city, a part of our daily life and enjoy it like a park?
■Project Owner: Fukakusa/Oiwayama mountain Nobita’s Urayama Project (Masakazu Kato)
Mount Oiwa is located southeast of Kyoto Station, in the heart of the city, within easy strolling distance of the city. Mount Oiwa is rich in history and nature, and its trail course is well known. However, due to the impact of typhoons and natural disasters, the mountain trail is currently in disrepair and needs to be repaired for people to be able to gather and enjoy the place.
Local bamboo farmers, wood mills, artists, and makers are working together to make Mount Oiwa a park-like place where people can enjoy their lives and make their lives richer, like Doraemon’s “hill back”. They are also looking for ways to utilize bamboo materials from the region with the concept of local production for local consumption.


English / Japanese


In the Global Goals Jam, the two days will be divided into four sprints to promote teamwork. (All sprinting will be done online.)

-Day 1 : September 19 (Saturday), 9:00 – 18:00
[1] Introduction
[2] SPRINT 1 – Explore it!
[3] Middle Presentation
[4] SPRINT 2 | Respond to it!

– Day2 : September 20th (Sunday), 9:00 – 18:00
[1] Morning Session
[2] SPRINT 3 | Make it!
[3] SPRINT 4 | Share it!
[4] Final Presentation
[5] Closing Session

Recommended for people:

-Who are interested in the SDGs and want to take action
-Who are interested in the sustainability of Fukuoka and Kyoto
-Who are interested in and committed to solving creative social problems.
-Who want to apply their expertise to social issues
-Who want to be able to talk about the issues happening in the world in their own words, and those who want to make it their own
-Who want to take creative action on education and environmental issues
-Who are interested in online design methods and design sprinting techniques
-Who want to make the output of a workshop or idea-thon not just an idea, but a reality
-Who are working on SDGs and social issues as part of their jobs
-Who are working on SDGs and social issues

Conditions of Participation

-Must be able to attend the entire 2-day program. (don’t worry if you have family or people around while you work. e.g. Children and -Babies are part of our future!)
-Having one or more of the following skills is an advantage:
-Graphic design, sketching, copy writing, video editing, photography, crafting, digital fabrication, field research, product design, sound design, web production, programming, design thinking, planning, etc.
-Proficiency in English is not required, but the ability to write in English is welcome.

*This workshop will use Zoom and Miro as online communication tools.
*Happy with us using recordings(photos or videos) from the purposes of sharing and research.
*Please let us know if you need support in case you need it.

Application Capacity

30 people

Entry Fee


Application deadline

September 6, 2020.

Contact information

Shinichiro Ito (Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Kyoto Sangyo University) | shin[at]
Inamura/Zhang (Faculty of Design, Kyushu University) | sdgs[at]


Kyushu University Faculty of Design, FabCafe Kyoto / MTRL KYOTO, Kyoto Sangyo University s.ito.lab

Supported by:
Fukuoka City, United Nations Human Settlements Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific – Fukuoka

Videos from the past Global Goals Jam Fukuoka / Kyoto

Global Goals Jam Kyoto 2018

Global Goals Jam Fukuoka 2018



Date & Time

Sat, September 19, 2020 – Sun, September 20, 2020 09:00 – 18:00 UTC+09:00


Online Session




30 people


Application deadline : September 6, 2020.


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