Explore and unpack the complexities of migration through storytelling, art, and design.

About the Global Commons

The Hart House Global Commons is an international dialogue space that connects students participating from multiple global locations to engage in real-time conversations about issues that are pressing and pertinent to everyone, regardless of place. We hope you will join us for a unique opportunity to connect across contexts, exchange dialogue and perspectives, and learn from each other—all without leaving your living space!

What students are saying about the Global Commons Design Jam

"... the literal definition of learning made fun!"

"I can clearly see the value of multi-continental collaboration and engagement, particularly in terms of a crisis that is so global."

"I believe that the design thinking process is a great tool for the collaborative projects."

"Collaborating with people from different parts of the world taught me how to collectively solve a problem and make progress towards a common goal."

About the Design Jam

Hosted by Hart House Global Commons, the design jam is a two-part workshop that invites participants to explore and unpack the complexities of migration through storytelling, art and design. Guest speakers with lived experience of migration and creative activism anchor the event with narrative storytelling, laying the groundwork for a deep dive into a collective design process. Participants will be guided through design research activities both individually and in facilitated breakout groups, with ample opportunities for dialogue and making new connections. We invite you to participate!

The Vancouver Design Nerds, a non-profit organization specializing in creative engagement, bring theory and process to the Design Jam. Design research is an approach used to foster understanding and build bridges toward addressing complex issues and challenges, but it is important to note that “problem solving” migration is not the goal of this event. We are convening because migration is a global issue that intersects with many other challenges facing the world today. We will use story and creative methods to explore the topic of migration to understand its implications more deeply. Participants will leave with new tools that can be applied in any field.

Guest Speakers

Who Can Participate?

Students from any discipline, year of study, and location are encouraged to register (not only those from organizing locations)!

What to Expect

This workshop series is hands on and interactive!

It takes place on 2 consecutive Saturdays on March 4 and 11.

Participants are expected to join both sessions. But don't worry, it's not your whole Saturday, and it will be worth it!

Technical Considerations

  • You will need a reliable internet connection to participate in this series (please contact us if you require access support)
  • Please consider attending the event on a laptop or desktop computer, this will offer the best collaborative experience (as opposed to a mobile device or calling in)
  • Please update to the latest version of the Zoom app, if possible
  • This event will be hosted in English
  • Watch this quick video tutorial for an introduction to the digital whiteboard platform MURAL.co (don't worry, we'll teach everyone how to use this during the event)


Some university partners are offering co-curricular and/or course credit to students who participate in this series. Event Organizers will provide this information during the series.

Learn more about the Hart House Global Commons Design Jam:

Click here to view the March 2022 Summary Report - Global Classroom for Democracy Innovation: Climate Change Design Jam

Co-Presented by:

Hart House
Universidad de Ios Andes
Indiana University Bloomington
University of Cape Town
Ashoka University
Global Citizenship Programme, University of Cape Town
Centre for Student Engagement
University of Toronto School of Cities
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Student Life Centre for Community Partnerships
Sciences Po
Centre for International Experience
Vancouver Design Nerds
Michael R. De Angelis & Family Global Innovation Fund
International Education Centre

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Sat, Mar 4, 2023
  • Upcoming Recurrences

    No results found for this timeframe (next 6 months from today).

  • Time & Duration: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (EST) (3h)
  • Cost:
    • Students


  • Venue: Virtual - Zoom
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