Sustainability Jam Sessions for vision creation and problem solving
2015 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 98, 29-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article presents a concept for creating arenas where expertise from certain branches of industry can interact with sustainability professionals and researchers to address and solve sustainability challenges. The concept Sustainability Jam Session (SJS) builds upon the idea of conducting creative meetings between professionals in “jam sessions,” similar to those associated primarily with music and improvisation. Approaches such as these have been used in the IT sector over the past decades, but this is the first attempt to apply it in the area of sustainability. SJS's were tested at the 2012 Greening of Industry Network Conference (GIN2012) and here we report our experiences from arranging six SJS's at the conference.
A typical process of an SJS includes a preparatory phase, the actual jam, and documentation and follow up. The preparatory phase mainly involves identifying hosts and topics to be addressed at the SJS, followed by attracting participants. The jam is started by an introduction of the topics, a technical visit (if appropriate), and a problem-solving workshop, ending with a wrap-up reporting. Thorough documentation is necessary for following up the results of the SJS and preparing for implementation of the identified solutions.
We conclude that skill, structure, setting, and surrender of control, as well as finding “red and hot” topics for the jams are the key factors for successful SJS's.
Based on our experiences from GIN2012, we recommend other research conferences in the sustainability field use SJS's if the intention is to boost the interaction between the conference and the host region or non-academic organizations in general. We also suggest that a similar approach can be used in regional development for creating an infrastructure for learning and transformation towards sustainability and initiatives for open innovation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 98, 29-35 p.
Sustainability Jam Sessions; Triple Helix, Scenario planning;¨, Creativity, Action research, Sustainable regional development
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112725DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.10.041ISI: 000356194300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-112725DiVA: diva2:770900