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On this site I am sharing thoughts about how digital technology and creativity can be combined to help solve complex economic and social problems. In short, how to make the world a better place through digital technology.
Ideas that I am interested in include: artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things, smart cities, collective intelligence and industry 4.0. These have the potential to transform society for the better, but also risk making it worse.
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As part of my commitment to personal development, a while back I did a course in service design. It was an intensive 5 day course delivered by the people who wrote the book on it, the book This Is Service Design Doing (TiSDD). Something that struck me by the end of the week is that, I am a service designer. During the week it became apparent that there is a lot that I have done during my lifetime, even if at the time it wasn’t always delivered with a service design label on it.
The course emphasized that service design is broad and evolving and due to this nobody is an expert in all areas of service design, all service designers have their strengths and weaknesses, so when I say I am a service designer, I am not saying that I already have expertise in everything that could fit within the service design box, nobody can say that. What I am saying is that I have a lot of skills and experience that can be packaged into a service design box.
The course focussed on what they defined as the three pillars of service design, research, ideation and prototyping. I outline below the expertise that I have that fit within each of these pillars.
In my transition from academia into user research I have found that not only have I been able to bring with me a lot of expertise from my research background, but I have also been able to apply understanding from management roles and facilitation skills from my performance background.
I argue that the combination of my academic, professional and lived experience is quite unique. They have given me deep understanding of how to improve the healthcare system and how to digital technology could be applied to improve healthcare efficiency. My motivation is not financially driven, it’s more that I have gained skills and understanding that could be applied to making the system work better and my life experience has shown me just how important that is.
As a brief taster, my PhD findings indicated that technology could not improve efficiency alone. To make the system work better, it is important to create different relationships with and through information technology. It’s not just the technology that is used that is important, it’s how the tools are used and how they are integrated into the system that’s important. For more detail feel free to: read my thesis, contact me or even better, hire me to work with you to help make the system work more effectively, or at least to improve one part of the system.