Annual Systemic Design Symposium

RELATING
SYSTEMS THINKING
AND DESIGN

A foundation for the emergence of research and inquiry

October 12-16, 2022*

POSSIBILITIES
& PRACTICES
OF SYSTEMIC
DESIGN

in-person & online | University of Brighton, UK

* October 12 – pre-symposium workshops & SDA general assembly | October 13-16 – onsite and online sessions
Now open | Call for activities, workshops, and systems maps & exhibits | Deadline August 15, 2022

Annual Systemic Design Symposium

Relating
Systems Thinking
and Design

A foundation for the emergence of research and inquiry

October 12-16, 2022*

Possibilities
& Practices
of Systemic
Design

IN-PERSON & ONLINE | UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON, UK

OVERVIEW

Now open | Call for activities, workshops, and systems maps & exhibits | Deadline August 15, 2022

*October 12 – pre-symposium workshops & SDA general assembly | October 13-16 – onsite and online sessions

RSD11 News

Call for RSD11 Contributions

Now open – activities, workshops, and exhibits. This is the final call for contributions that prompt further questions and enact enquiries. Deadline: August 15

RSD11 CfC update

Current RSD11 updates on Calls for Contributions and acknowledgements.

Preparing an RSD submission

This article invites you to follow the RSD posting protocols and provides a detailed description of the basics to consider when preparing your submission.

Contributions to RSD11 focus sessions

Authors are invited to identify their paper or presentation as aligned to one of seven specific focus sessions. These have been developed as provocations for critical reflection, new topics, and different directions.

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RSD11: Possibilities and Practices of Systemic Design

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As designers look to address systemic challenges, they must wrestle with tensions and conflicting requirements within their practices and the situations they seek to change. Systemic questions cannot be approached one at a time in isolation. Yet, it is inevitable that design is partial in its engagements – to address everything is implausible or uncritical to implicit boundary judgements and the privileges of dominant perspectives. Unpredictable interdependencies require a cautious approach, yet incremental strategies risk entrenching underlying errors and injustices by making the status quo more palatable. Profound, long-term changes are needed, but the urgency of the present also demands immediately achievable actions. At RSD11, we look to expand further systemic design’s modes of working:

  • Systemic design has thus far drawn primarily on methodological and organisational aspects of systems thinking as a way of handling complexity. In what ways might other perspectives augment systemic approaches?
  • The systems field is open to the creative arts, countercultural movements, enactive cognitive science, family therapy, posthumanism, and others. How might these transdisciplinary connections further enrich and critique systemic design research and practice?

Read more

RSD11: Possibilities and Practices of Systemic Design

As designers look to address systemic challenges, they must wrestle with tensions and conflicting requirements within their practices and the situations they seek to change. Systemic questions cannot be approached one at a time in isolation. Yet, it is inevitable that design is partial in its engagements – to address everything is implausible or uncritical to implicit boundary judgements and the privileges of dominant perspectives. Unpredictable interdependencies require a cautious approach, yet incremental strategies risk entrenching underlying errors and injustices by making the status quo more palatable. Profound, long-term changes are needed, but the urgency of the present also demands immediately achievable actions. At RSD11, we look to expand further systemic design’s modes of working:

  • Systemic design has thus far drawn primarily on methodological and organisational aspects of systems thinking as a way of handling complexity. In what ways might other perspectives augment systemic approaches?
  • The systems field is open to the creative arts, countercultural movements, enactive cognitive science, family therapy, posthumanism, and others. How might these transdisciplinary connections further enrich and critique systemic design research and practice?

Read more

Registration coming soon

Drop us a line in the chat

Systemic design's open access repository

The Systemic Design Association convenes the annual Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium and publishes the entire proceedings as a repository of leading work in systemic design. RSDsymposium.org is the official RSDX event website and proceedings publication platform. It is an SDA publishing initiative and part of the SDA publications spiral, including Contexts – The Systemic Design Journal, launching this year. SDA also collaborates with other journals to advance RSD papers and promotes SDA members' authored works, including book publications.

If you have any questions or need help locating a resource, please reach out using the direct chat icon.

Read more about the repository

Systemic design's open access repository

The Systemic Design Association convenes the annual Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium and publishes the entire proceedings as a repository of leading work in systemic design. RSDsymposium.org is the official RSDX event website and proceedings publication platform. It is an SDA publishing initiative and part of the SDA publications spiral, including Contexts – The Systemic Design Journal, launching this year. SDA also collaborates with other journals to advance RSD papers and promotes SDA members' authored works, including book publications.

If you have any questions or need help locating a resource, please reach out using the direct chat icon.

Read more about the repository

RSD Host Organisations 2011-2022