• Hi, my name is Jan.
    I am an Innovation Facilitator.

    I accompany organizations in their learning processes
    towards innovation as a discipline.

    I fall for for »next hidden champions«: underestimated companies which have the potential to disrupt markets while creating genuine value with a positive ecological and societal impact.

    More about me ...
  • Hi, my name is Jan.
    I am also a Design Researcher.

    I examine the impact of Design Thinking on organizations worldwide.

    The methodology has gained lots of traction the last years. But why is it, that some companies are highly successful in implementing it, while others are failing in spectacular manners? I believe the answer to this question is the key to sustainable value creation and continuous innovation.

    Our Research Website
  • Who I am

    I use to call myself a "user value evangelist". Mostly I train and advise organizations in design/empathy-driven strategic business planning. What that means? Well, you better ask me in person. As a start try to imagine these roles in one single person ...

    • Strategy Consultant

      With my background in interaction design, social sciences and business studies, I advise companies at the interface of brand building and innovation. Usually it's on branded Ux, customer intimacy and the development of design-driven innovation capabilities.

    • Design Researcher

      I'm part of a research team which examines the worldwide impact of Design Thinking, its appropriation to different kinds of organizational contexts and respective maturity levels in its application.

    • Designerly Entrepreneur

      I used to own a little branding and design studio – traditionally, with clients big and small and 15 employees. Now I rather prefer to work in networks and have other experiments running, e.g. GlobalWasteIdeas. Who knows? Maybe it turns into a business one day ...

  • What I do

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      User Research and Synthesis Training

      When it comes to organizational empathy and the development of respective capabilities many organizations have to start from square one. Regardless of how adept they already are, I help choosing the right partners and setting up adequate structures and processes to empower every employee in a company to become user-centric.

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      Innovation Facilitation and Coaching

      Innovation consultancies are often hired for doing the hard innovation work for you. This is like wanting the cake while not caring about how to bake, which makes you dependent on external help. I rather train people in baking, leave my tools and approaches so that your whole organization gets empowered to embrace innovation as a discipline.

    • service-business-design

      Service Innovation and Business Design

      Sustainable innovations are systemic. I provide the knowledge, tools and methods for conceiving and building resilient service ecosystems... By the way, once you get that right, you're halfway towards the great brand(ed Ux) experience everyone is asking for these days. But there are no shortcuts along the way, you better roll up your sleeves ...

    • framework-design

      Framework and Intervention Design

      You're stuck in any kind of wicked strategy-making process because some actors lack understanding? You wish you had better catalyzing tools to facilitate complicated negotiations, decision- and sense-making processes? Well, I love to develop tools for that ...

  • Thoughts and Inspiration

  • Some Recent Works

    Right now I'm pretty occupied with the research we're doing. However, I keep in touch with practice: Here are projects I've recently been working on ...

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    • Guggenheim-Lab-1
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    • “Jan? Too theoretical for being a practitioner!”

      An anonymous critic
    • “Jan? Too practical for being a researcher!”

      A former Professor at my Business School
    • “He will squeeze your brain like a lemon by asking thousands of »Why’s«. But hey, it works …”

      Dominik Faber (CIO, Softgarden)
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    • “Jan? = Not fast from A to B!”

      Patrick Boltz (CEO, PlayFrame)
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  • Contact

    Jan Schmiedgen, Fidicinstr. 41, 10965 Berlin
    Mobile +49 173 383 15 26 | Fax +49 30 484 98 21 68