Sustainability Challenge

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description of Activity

“After running the Jam for some years, we realised that we don’t just want to organise another hackathon, where teams come together to build new solutions and create more things to put out into the world.

We want to focus on what we believe really matters to make change: actual collaboration across cultures and disciplines. That’s why we redesigned the process of the Global Goals Jam with a focus on “critical making”, creating conversational objects to really empathise with a challenge. Instead of focusing on an idea, we want you to fall in love with the problem and start new ways of collaborating”.

Global Goals Jam Team

In a similar way to the annual Global Goals Jams, students taking part in the Sustainability Challenge, Italy were asked to:

- Work in a small group (with approximately 4 students in each group)

- Work collaboratively and in a transdisciplinary manner.

- Become familiar with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

- Find a sustainability challenge, located within, or local to, Peccioli.

- Create an object, using ‘as found’ materials, that draws attention to the Peccioli challenge identified by the group.*

- Present the group challenge, ideas and object at the conclusion of the Summer School to all students and colleagues.

Throughout the challenge the group were asked to share the work of the group on social media.

* Please note, the students were not being asked to create an object that solves a challenge. The purpose of this project was to make “conversational objects to really empathise with a challenge”. Object = Point of Discussion.
Period3 Aug 202226 Aug 2022
Event typeWorkshop
LocationPeccioli, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • climate change
  • design pedagogy
  • design thinking
  • design theory
  • Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange
  • Student experience
  • Global Goals Jam
  • International collaboration - Italy
  • Experiential learning
  • practice-based
  • Problem-Based Learning