Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Did you Jam?

I was service jamming for the past few days. Check my earlier posts or the link on the right hand side of the page if you don’t know what I am talking about. It was interesting. I saw some colleagues there and people who are followers of this blog. I wrote a few words. About guess what? Yes my pet topic: How the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle can be found using the Pythagorean theorem.

No. seriously I mused of course on Volunteer Management. It was good to see some volunteer coordinators and managers there with some great posts! However I don’t believe I can reproduce what I wrote there here on this blog. You can review everything that was discussed at the service jam on the site if you were a participant only. I do hope that they release the material to the general public. According to the website “IBM, in collaboration with key partners, will publish a white paper to summarize key findings and highlight creative ideas generated by Service Jam to share with participants. This document will reveal key trends in social innovation and will serve as a pragmatic guide to help organizations innovate, design and improve service programs”

Were you at the Jam? What did you think?


  1. Yes I did Jam! I submittted 1 post and 8 comments. There was a lot of dialogue and interest happening from participants registered from 119 countries. I am wondering how they will summarise the 5,860 posts that they received over the three days. What is the criteria for "making it" onto the white paper? Is it the actual idea being looked at or is it based on how many replies each post received as to its value and worthiness of inclusion onto the white paper? Why my concern? The volunteer management sector had a very small representation in the scheme of things. There were some very good posts from the sector but my concern is that they may get lost in the plethora of posts. I wait with eager anticipation as to the outcome of the white paper. Well done to those who participated.

  2. I wonder why I bothered. It was like going to a very large party in a very crowded room when I didn't know anyone, and there was so much noise I just wanted to walk out.

    It was difficult to find a focus of interest. North America's dominance sort of drowned the contributions from other areas, particularly Africa and Asia/Pacific. Also some tension between sector interests - volunteerism and corporate perspectives.

    A great idea, but could we make it on a smaller scale another time??

  3. Well I am glad that you did bother Shindig. Although we were a small representative group of volunteer management we at least had a voice albiet a small voice. We just need to now encourage others in the volunteer management sector to step out of their comfort zones and have a go!!! Perhaps next time our voice will be a little louder.

  4. “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”


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