🚀 Who here has explored the intersection of Facilitation & Service Design?

I lately got very inspired by a post on LinkedIn to contemplate the intersection and the related potential of Facilitation in the realm of Service Design and asked ChatGPT for some possible Future Job scenarios (fantastic!) output (I will add at the end). Is anyone here whom I can elaborate on that topic more profoundly because you have experience?


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Pls elaborate and explain the key terms of service design mentioned in the following paragraph: To be a service designer requires knowing about things like 'social support,' 'third place,' 'social capital' and 'commons management conventions.' Not taking these kinds of ideas into account means product designing (i.e., scripting rather than enabling) a service (creating role stress).


Sure, let's go through each of these terms:

  1. Social Support: In the context of service design, social support refers to the assistance that is provided by others in the community or network. This could include emotional, informational, or instrumental help. When designing a service, understanding the social support system of the user can provide insights into their needs, and how the service can be designed to meet those needs. For example, a service might be designed to leverage or complement the existing social support systems, or it might be designed to provide support where there are gaps.
  2. Third Place: The term "third place" refers to spaces that are neither home (the first place) nor work (the second place), but where individuals spend significant amounts of time and often engage in meaningful social interaction. Examples can include cafes, libraries, parks, and community centers. These places often play a role in community building. Understanding the "third place" can be crucial for service design, particularly if the service is meant to be delivered or used in such locations. It might also indicate how people use their time and what kind of environments they prefer, which can inform the design of the service.
  3. Social Capital: This refers to the relationships, shared values, norms, and understandings that enable groups of people to trust each other and to work together effectively. High social capital can greatly enhance the effectiveness of a service, particularly in cases where the service relies on user cooperation or community involvement. Conversely, if a service is being introduced into a community with low social capital, it may need to be designed in a way that builds or leverages trust and cooperation.
  4. Commons Management Conventions: This refers to the rules, norms, and strategies that communities develop to manage shared resources, known as "commons". Understanding these conventions can be critical for service design, especially when the service involves or impacts shared resources. For example, a car-sharing service might need to understand and respect the conventions around parking in a particular community.
  5. Product Designing/Scripting vs. Enabling: In the context of this paragraph, the phrase "product designing or scripting a service" suggests a top-down approach where the designers make assumptions about how the service should be used and impose a rigid structure or "script." On the other hand, an "enabling" approach would be more flexible and user-centered, allowing the users to adapt the service to their needs. This approach can reduce "role stress," which refers to the stress experienced by users when the roles they are expected to play within a service do not align with their needs, expectations, or identity. A well-designed service will take into account the ways users want to interact with it, and be flexible enough to accommodate those needs.

Can you elaborate, how in the future a fused profession of service designer and a facilitator could emerge. Please play a future scenario and introduce me to 3 different job profiles, that serves the beofrementioned blend.


Sure, I can imagine how these roles might fuse in the future. The synergy between service design and facilitation lies in the alignment of their core principles: understanding the needs of users, enabling productive collaboration, and working towards common goals. Combining these disciplines can lead to more holistic and effective solutions. Here are three potential job profiles that could emerge from this fusion:

  1. Experience Architect: An Experience Architect might be a professional who not only designs services but also facilitates the customer journey and interactions within these services. Their responsibilities would include understanding user needs, mapping out customer journeys, and then designing services that address those needs. In addition to that, they would actively facilitate the user experience by moderating interactions, resolving conflicts, and ensuring that the service is being used in the intended manner. They might work in a variety of industries, such as retail, hospitality, or digital products, wherever there's a need for creating and managing user experiences. An Experience Architect would need strong skills in both service design and facilitation, as well as a deep understanding of user behavior and the specific industry they are working in.
  2. Community Design Facilitator: This professional would work primarily in community settings, helping to design and facilitate services that meet community needs. This could include public services, like parks or libraries, or shared resources, like community gardens or car-sharing programs. The Community Design Facilitator would work closely with community members to understand their needs and preferences, design services that meet those needs, and then facilitate the use of those services in a way that respects and enhances community norms and relationships. This role would require strong interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a deep understanding of the principles of both service design and commons management.
  3. Innovation Catalyst: An Innovation Catalyst would work within organizations to foster innovation and collaboration. This would involve designing and facilitating processes that allow teams to collaborate effectively, generate ideas, and develop innovative solutions. The Innovation Catalyst might be involved in product development, change management, or organizational design, among other things. They would draw on service design principles to understand the needs of the organization and its employees, and then use facilitation skills to enable productive collaboration and innovation. This role would require strong leadership skills, a deep understanding of organizational dynamics, and the ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances.

These are just a few potential profiles, and the exact roles and responsibilities could vary depending on the specific context and needs of the industry or community. The fusion of service design and facilitation has the potential to lead to a variety of innovative and impactful roles in the future.

Ok, this sound so promising. Lets try sth more. Please elaborate the fusion of service designer and facilitator a) with AI-professions (make a.1 , a.2 a.3 and so forth) b) with a leadership approach that radically incorporates indigenous knowledge and c) a management role, that serves the SDGs


Absolutely, let's explore these blended roles:

a) Service Designer and Facilitator with AI Professions:

a.1) AI Empathy Trainer: In this role, the professional would be responsible for teaching AI systems how to better understand and respond to human needs and emotions. They would draw on service design principles to understand the different contexts and scenarios where the AI might be used, and then use facilitation skills to train the AI, perhaps through machine learning techniques, to respond in an appropriate and empathetic way. This could be especially valuable in fields like customer service, healthcare, or mental health, where AI is increasingly being used to interact directly with people.

a.2) AI Service Orchestrator: This role would involve designing and managing AI services that interact with both humans and other AI systems. The professional would need to understand how different AI systems work and how they can be combined to provide the most effective service. They would also need to facilitate the interactions between these systems, ensuring that they work together seamlessly and are able to adapt and respond to changing circumstances.

a.3) AI Ethics Facilitator: This role would focus on ensuring that AI systems are designed and used in a way that is ethical and respects the rights and needs of all stakeholders. The professional would use service design principles to understand the potential impacts of the AI system, and then use facilitation skills to bring together different stakeholders (such as developers, users, and regulators) to discuss, negotiate, and implement ethical guidelines and practices.

b) Service Designer and Facilitator with a Leadership Approach that Radically Incorporates Indigenous Knowledge:

b.1) Indigenous Wisdom Navigator: This role would involve integrating indigenous wisdom into the design and facilitation of services. The professional would work closely with indigenous communities to understand their knowledge and perspectives, and then apply this understanding to the design of services that are culturally appropriate and sustainable. They would also facilitate the interaction between the service and the community, ensuring that it respects and enhances the community's traditions and values.

c) Service Designer and Facilitator in a Management Role that Serves the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

c.1) SDG Service Strategist: In this management role, the professional would be responsible for designing and facilitating services that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This could involve a wide range of services, from clean energy to education to health care. The SDG Service Strategist would need to understand the specific needs and challenges related to each SDG, and then design services that address these challenges in a sustainable and equitable way. They would also need to facilitate the implementation of these services, ensuring that they are effectively reaching the people and communities they are meant to serve.

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