Change is here to stay. A growing number of new competitors are entering the market. Customers are more demanding and their needs and habits change rapidly. Climate change and scarce natural resources are heavily impacting the daily life of individuals, businesses and societies. New technologies require different skills from employees. So, organisations and individuals cannot sit still, wait and see what is next. They all need to adapt constantly to these dynamic micro and macro environments.
Although human beings are used to change, we’re not experts in anticipating and coping with new situations. Employees are used to their way of working and to the processes inside their organisation.
Hierarchical layers and barriers in the value chain hamper close contact and personal interaction with customers and do not support a proactive, innovative culture. But to stay relevant organisations, of all sizes and sectors, must play the game.
So, how to adapt to change? How to step out of comfort zones? How to listen, empathise and understand new human behaviour? Filter signals to respond to customers’ and users’ unarticulated needs? How to facilitate processes and make your company ready to address the challenges posed by the speed of change? How to move innovation forward?
The Service Design Days offer cross-boundaries events for entrepreneurs, managers and influencers who are involved in product and service innovation and the (digital) transformation of organisations. The event focuses on service design for decision makers and connects strategic designers with business and vice versa.
This year’s edition of the Service Design Days will take place in Barcelona on Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6. The 2018 program offers two days of insightful masterclasses and case studies, and new views and knowledge from experienced keynote speakers.
You can learn from researchers, innovators, professors, service design managers, customer experience strategists and strategic design thinkers how to become ready for change. You will get inspired by stories from small start-ups and large corporates how to re-invent your business. You can practice creative and strategic thinking with approaches such as lean startup, open innovation and systems thinking. And you will experience how service design can contribute to human-centric problem solving and forward-thinking innovation.
We are proud to announce that we have found a new home base in the heart of the most innovative part of Barcelona, District 22@: Disseny Hub Barcelona (Design Hub Barcelona). This iconic melting pot of design is situated next to Jean Nouvel’s famous Torre Glòries and houses the Barcelona Design Museum, the Barcelona Design Centre and FAD, an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes arts, design and architecture.
Our new location is better equipped for our masterclasses and case studies. Keynotes will be given in a large, modern auditorium, overlooking the city and the Sagrada Familia. Networking drinks will take place on a beautiful terrace. And with the beach nearby, we even might go to the seaside to watch the sun go down.
Courtesy of BAAS Arquitectura
So, if you want to contribute and want to share your vision on human-centric innovation, design thinking & doing, business design, social design, participatory design and anthropology, feel free to contact us. This also applies if you are interested in sponsoring this years event and want to know more about our sponsorship packages.