Simon Robinson is the co-founder and CEO Worldwide of Holonomics and the co-author of the books Customer Experiences with Soul: A New Era in Design and Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter. He began his career at BT Laboratories (British Telecom) in ergonomics and human factors, responsible for the user interfaces and the customer experience of fixed and mobile consumer products. In 1995 he and his colleagues created the concepts ‘designing the customer experience’ which brought together user-centred design and marketing into a single process. He is a Harvard Business Review author, a member of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group at OCAD University, Toronto, and editor of the blog http://www.transitionconsciousness.org.
The earliest argument in Western philosophy about the essence of nature is the battle between two concepts: BECOMING (that which transforms), defended by Heraclitus, and BEING (what is unchangeable), proposed by Parmenides. As we look at our traditional systems – from nature, through the universe to our organisations – we know that life is in constant motion and transformation. To evolve you have to adapt to change. Such behaviour inspires us and invites us to focus our attention on how we adapt to current management models. Continue reading “Press Release: ‘Augmented Agility’ is the theme of the 2nd edition of Deep Tech Talks”→
In our Customer Experiences with Soul approach, we emphasise three pillars which are critical for an experience to be meaningful: authenticity, systemic vision and universal human values. In other words, the motivation to deliver a meaningful experience must be genuinely and deeply human. And it is always a great satisfaction to be able to see concrete examples of experiences that express these pillars. Continue reading “How to Turn a Problem into an Experience with Soul”→
Teresa Akers is a multidisciplinary designer, artist, and culture-maker, focused on realizing dreams into built products, experiences, and environments. Her practice “dances between paper space, digital space, and physical space to bring to bear highest expressions of purpose, giving impact-oriented ventures an edge in the burgeoning new experience economy”.
Theresa’s professional investigations into built and virtual environment center on how spaces, products, and environments tell stories. This experience allows her to apply systems level perspectives on providing a coherent, synchronous relationship between the mission of organisations and how they are expressed – through company culture all the way through to their product and service offerings.
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O Seminário International “Customer Experiences With Soul”, que será apresentado pelos professores Maria Moraes Robinson e Simon Robinson, tem por objetivo trazer para os participantes um novo olhar sobre seus negócios e sua atuação, ampliando a forma como relacionam com suas partes interessadas, sendo, assim, capazes de, a partir de um propósito claro e autêntico, criarem uma marca sustentável, inovadora e realmente centrada em oferecer a melhor e mais significativa experiência a seus clientes. Continue reading “Seminário Internacional aborda práticas para oferecer melhor experiência aos clientes”→
In 1995 I published my first paper on customer experience design in the journal Human-Computer Interaction. Titled Delivering Competitive Edge, discussing the way in which usability could give competitive edge to products, services and companies by developing closer collaborations between human factors and marketing practitioners.
We discussed how user-centred design practices could complement those in marketing, explaining how our Human Factors department had:
…adopted an approach we call ‘designing the customer experience’. At its heart was a programme of research into human needs. By bringing together Marketing and Human Factors with more radical perspectives such as semiotics and anthropology, creative and visualisation skills, and rapid technological advances, we have generated an environment for user-centred innovation.
The subtitle of Customer Experiences with Soul is A New Era in Design. There are a number of aspects of our approach which I have never seen in any other book on customer experience design, the main ones being universal human values, the transition of consciousness, collaboration vs ‘knotworks’, an extensive range of Brazilian case studies and Latin American culture, a focus on being, and finally the development of a new design tool we call the holonomic circle which is based on the philosophical practices of phenomenology and hermeneutics. Continue reading “Deepening our Approach to Customer Experience Design and Design Thinking”→
If you have not seen it, here is the original documentary footage which was edited down to the 30-second clip. It comes from the Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth who recorded Warhol in 1981 for his art movie “66 Scenes from America” which was filmed. Continue reading “#EATLIKESIMONANDMARIA”→