Documentary: Nordic Service Design

Living in the big apple, I often find myself very busy with the hustle and bustle of the big city. That’s why awhile back I talked about my discovery of the mindful technology and how I would like to reimagine work and life balance in our time.

Recently, I came across a Nordic Service Design documentary done by the Service Design Network (SDN). I’m not a documentary person because I often find these types of films very biased. But this time I felt differently about the Nordic Service Design documentary — in fact, I could very likely be biased but I don’t mind at all. For a very long time, I’ve been talking to people about my belief in design which should be a holistic journey rather than a simple digital touchpoint. If you look at how many apps are introduced in the App Store every day, you’d know that designing just another app isn’t the solution to the problems we face in our day-to-day lives. It’s the ecosystem around us that needs to be redesigned!

After watching the documentary, I did a little bit of research on SDN and realized there are many chapters around the world but New York City. I then reached out to SDN headquarter immediately because I felt the strong need to bring SDN to NYC where all the innovations are taking place. Surprisingly (or not), I found out that there was a chapter in NYC but for some reason it was shut down in 2015. The headquarter did connect me with a few folks who were also interested in bringing SDN back to the city, so I hope the conversation will go somewhere. In the meantime, I began connecting with different chapter leaders to learn about their experiences on starting and running the chapter. This all happened in the past one week but if you wonder why I felt such a strong need…you should definitely check out the video yourself. My goal is simple — I just want to make designers use their superpower to make this world a better place to live in, whether it is an enterprise product or a non-profit service. We, as designers, have the power to change the world if we use our skills in the right place!

Stay tuned for updates on my journey to bring SDN back to NYC!

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