Jellyweek is a one-week-event, which happened annually in the 3rd week of January 2011 to 2013, initiated by community building enthusiast Anni Roolf. Jellyweek was dedicated to all problem-solving and collaborative networks, so the coworking, entrepreneur, changemaker, developper and innovation communities got naturally attracted.

Each year the participation grew: in 2011 45 hosts from 12 countries took part in the first Jellyweek on the european level. Then in 2012 Jellyweek went global with impressing 226 hosts in 35 countries. The second worldwide Jellyweek in 2013 was hosted by 255 communities in 44 countries.


People could register easily on the Jellyweek googlemap and organize a local event called Jelly: The hosts involved their existing community, created a new community or connected different communities. The jelly hosts were invited to choose any kind of location, e.g. a café, public place, office, boat, treehouse, coworking space or a private house. The gathering could have an open agenda or a specific topic. It was open to create an evening event, a whole day event, an event for several days or for the whole week.

Jellyweek sat only a few simple limits: all events should be for free and they should be connected with an open invitation. These limits forced the people to work with limited resources and to involve their communities. The natural result was sharing. 

Every community was invited to connect with other jelly communities worldwide: via social media channels, through partnerships and through projects in between different jellies. So Jellyweek happened simultaneously at many different Jelly places worldwide and in the virtual space.

As Jellyweek was a collaboration event inspired by the philosophy of Open Space Technology, the general organization was not influencing any of the programs of the local events. The programming of the local event (Jelly) was totally the responsibility of the Jelly host and the participants on the local level. This self-organization on the local level, and therefore in the frame of Jellyweek on the global level, ensured a huge variety of content and a lot of serendipity. So ideas and topics emerged completely by the interests and dreams of the worldwide community. 


It’s about giving permission to the people to do what they want. Jellyweek encouraged people to act together and to cocreate by using existing ressources and potentials. Thereby it became also a great incubator. A selection of the unbelievable action and creativity which happened during three Jellyweeks: for sure free coworking sessions (classical Jellies), hackathons, partnerships with other jellies, global hangouts, co-cycling, lectures, workshops, glocal co-cooking sessions, movie screenings, founding activities, brainstorming, mutual consulting, skillsharing sessions, social marathon, open doors, exhibitions, interviews, hosting coworkers from other Jellies or countries, swap meetings, DYI activities, creation of new currencies, urban hacking, research projects, barcamps, markets.

The purpose of Jellyweek was to foster the emerging culture of new forms of work and collaboration, to strengthen local communities of all kinds and to build new friendships and collaborative structures between them globally. Jelly communities have woven a big net of collaboration, that reaches out all over the planet. And the process continues for sure, supported by many dynamic networks.

Anni Roolf

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526 Jelly organizers over 3 years &
Jaime Aranda Serralbo / Spain
Nadina Helen Bakos / Norway
Julianne Becker / Germany, USA
Bert-Ola Bergstrand / Sweden
Anna Blume / Germany
Scott Bolden / Germany, USA
Stefania Burra / Italy
Anna Cashman / Germany, Australia
Olivia Czetwertynski / Spain, Belgium
Anderson Costa / Brazil
Kate Michi Ettinger / USA
Carsten Foertsch / Germany
Thiago Gomes / Brazil
Beatriz Guilarte / Spain
Mazen Helmy / Egypt
Alex Hillman / USA
Xaver Inglin / Switzerland
Romina Lindemann / Brazil
Zofia Mackiewicz / Poland, Italy
Leila Pais de Miranda / Brazil
Gonzalo Molinero Garcia / Spain
Annette Morris / France, UK
Luka Pistoric / Slovenia
Gunasekar C. Rajaratnam / India
Kyo Satani / Japan
Jacob Sayles / USA
Willi Schroll / Germany
Arnaud Sellenet / France
Leslie Starr / France
Haroldo Vilhena / Brazil
Ulrike von Ruecker / Egypt, Germany
Konstantina Zoehrer / Greece, Austria
Boris Zubkov / Kazakhstan