2014/10/16 08:30 “Welcome”, #RSD3

First day plenary welcome to #RSD3 Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3, at AHO, Oslo, Norway

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Program at http://systemic-design.net/rsd3-2014/program/

Welcome by Rachel Troye, pro rector AHO, Head of The Institute of Design

  • 220 participants, despite 3 other design events in the Oslo area
  • 20 nations represented
  • Public and private sector, says relevance and importance
  • Impact and potential for contribution

World needs large scale systemic designs for global health, climate change

  • Nelson Mandela as a great systems thinker, problems in South Africa today is just as problem
  • Need more than beautiful designs, need service design with a systemic approach

At Institute for Design, teaching systems oriented design

  • Interaction, service and systems design
  • Designers as experts that can make a difference
  • International position, and network

[Birger Sevaldson]

Is there a systems thinking renaissance in design?

  • Response to increasing complexity faced by designers
  • World too complex for linear and goal-driven management

In one year

  • Have found renewed interest in systems thinking and design
  • Experience growing, we’re still young

RSD3 Facts

  • Collage of keynote speakers
  • One had to unfortunately withdraw
  • Organizing committee introduction

A lightweight system

  • Lack of coffee
  • Try to keep the planning as low as possible
  • The more planning, the more that can go wrong
  • The atmosphere created by us

Yesterday, preconference day

Have exhibitions

  • Posters, outside on glass wall, people who submitted abstracts who were asked to give posters instead
  • Gigamapping exhibition, including some from OCAD U. in Toronto
  • In this room, student projects in progress

Cancellations:  Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Deaune Denmark

  • Replacement keynote speaker: Michael Hensel

One-third academics, one-third students with 20 to 30 Ph.D. fellows, one-third people from business

After conference, requested slide presentation, abstract and working paper

  • Second stage, invited selection for full papers, peer review

Formakademisk special issue RSD2

  • Wanted to publish by today, but postponed, will be done before Christmas


  • Waterhole
  • Party tonight, instead of conference dinner that was thought too stiff
  • LinkedIn group
  • Have web site
  • Twitter

Books, if want heavier luggage:

  • AHO Works (free, can take some)
  • Some books for sale
  • Complexity and other beasts, about systems oriented design
  • Design for Care, Peter Jones
  • The Design Way, revised edition, Harold

The future

  • Third and last time in Oslo, for the foreseeable future
  • Will have in Canada for next 2 years, will give more information at end of symposium

Field of possibilities

Reflection Design Thinking (arrows) Systems Thinking
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Research by (thorough) Design (arrows) Action research
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Action Design Practice (arrows) Systems Practice
Field of design Field of systems



#design, #systems-thinking