2014/10/17 08:40 Peter Jones, “Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3”, #RSD3

@redesign second day plenary at #RSD3 Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3, at AHO, Oslo, Norway

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

OCAD U. in Toronto is a sister program to the Systems Oriented Design program at AHO.

How is Relating Systems and Design evolving?

  • Have epistemologies and ontologies, what’s different?
  • A lot has been evolving in education:  practices in studio work, developed with graduate students
  • Rather than up through research
  • New ideas from working with complex social services


  • Take from field research, inform the gigamap process
  • Projects often start up as unsponsored, and find sponsors later
  • Connecting later, after school

Labs in education is where these things get started

  • Projects aimed at improving shared goals towards civilization
  • Systems school, in social systems design, deal with requisite power
  • Ann Pendleton-Jullian couldn’t be here, has presentations on Youtube

In addition, do engaged research

Want to design at the systems level

  • Change is slow
  • Still have institutions that are resilient to change, so need to be targeting slower change

Collaborations with other universities, that are systemic-centric

  • Open University (Ray Ison)
  • University of Hull (Gerald Midgley)
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Case-Western Reserve
  • Aalto University

At OCAD U., have a Strategic Innovation Lab, research groups are becoming more systemic

  • Envision Health Group
  • Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group

Relationships and relating

  • Have 230 people at RSD3
  • Received 70 abstracts, about 40 accepted
  • Across many application
  • Interest from the ISSS to develop a track in Systemic Design, ISSS Berlin 2015 will partner

Systemic Design Research Network

  • Cooperative research group
  • Have presentations and sketchnotes online after RSD
  • Pathways to full publication, with FORMAkademisk
  • Opportunity for Systemic Design book in Springer Service Sciences series
  • Next year RSD4 at Banff

Peter Jones presenting at #RSD3

#design, #systems-thinking