The Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) is an annual event that brings together the people behind innovative community spaces from all around the globe, primarily from the global south. The spaces include Makerspaces, incubators and accelerators, Hackerspaces, urban FabLabs as well as rural open workshops. GIG serves as a platform to show work to a large international audience as well as an opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices. The event happens at and around re:publica, Europes largest conference on Internet & Society. Behind GIG is a global community of 100+ members that I helped to start and grow. Working on GIG has helped me grow my own network and circle of friends and collaborators and is helping me to take a truly global and multifaceted perspective on the challenges and opportunities of technological and social innovation.