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Critical and pluriversal design for a world in crisis

Critical and pluriversal design for a world in crisis

RSD11 Keynote: Dr Lesley-Ann Noel practices design through emancipatory, critical and anti-hegemonic lenses, focusing on equity, social justice and the experiences of people who are often excluded from design research.

Falling in Love with Complex Systems

Falling in Love with Complex Systems

RSD11 Keynote. Dr Mathilda Tham asks, “What if fear of systems and complexity were a significant barrier to urgent change? What if we didn’t save our planet because it was just all too embarrassing?”

On the Contradictions of Sustainability

On the Contradictions of Sustainability

RSD11 Keynote: Dr Danah Abdulla explores the contradictions of sustainability and considers how we can design over time and confront the effects of the products and services we think we need have on the world (and the worlds within that world).

Seeing RSD11’s Seven Foci Relationally

Seeing RSD11’s Seven Foci Relationally

RSD11 Keynote. Dr Tony Fry is a Tasmanian-based award-winning designer, cultural theorist, educator and writer. For this talk, his context: seeing the event’s seven foci relationally.

Designing Transitions

Designing Transitions

RSD10 Keynote. Dr Derk Loorbach provides a transition perspective to address the complexities and uncertainty of change and presents development by design as a way forward.

Regaining a new sense of well-being by design

Regaining a new sense of well-being by design

RSD9 Keynote. Harold G. Nelson: The COVID-19 virus has been the catalyst for disruptive pandemic changes around the world. Our norms are being forever changed. Our sense of well-being has been lost. New norms are needed now because a new normal is desired and necessary. It is a perilous game to play if the process of forming new norms is left to unfold by chance rather than intension.

Towards the Whole: A tribute to Charles L. Owen

Towards the Whole: A tribute to Charles L. Owen

RSD8 Keynote. Charles Bezerra: A tribute to Charles L. Owen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Design where he conducted research and taught until 2010 in the MDes, MDM, and PhD Design graduate programs.

Advanced Design Cultures: A learning system perspective

Advanced Design Cultures: A learning system perspective

RSD7 Keynote. Roberto Iniquez Flores: In order to address the complexity of these new approaches design is evolving into a new cultures that are very diverse and emergent, these design cultures require a new characterization for its understanding.

Policy Design and Decision Making

Policy Design and Decision Making

RSD7 Keynote. Chelsea Mauldin: I propose that designers engaged in policy and systems change design new, adjacent policy systems, recognize the primacy and requirements of the human body, and more consciously identify and address imbalances in power in the systems in which we intercede.

Re-designing the Framework: Think natural, think local

Re-designing the Framework: Think natural, think local

RSD7 Keynote. Gunter Pauli: From energy production to soil analysis, we have to change the dogmas we are working with, we have to change the business models and the hypothesis we are believing. What can we do better? How can we design a better way forward?

With a Grain of Salt

With a Grain of Salt

RSD7 Keynote. Pille Bunnell: My intent with the title is to evoke a listening through the double meaning of “salis” implicit in Pliny’s original phrase “addito salis grano.” The word “salis” not only refers salt, it also refers to wit.

Flourishing Lives in Another World

Flourishing Lives in Another World

RSD6 Keynote. John Ehrenfeld: The modernist bundle of beliefs and norms, which has powered Western societies for centuries, has begun to misfire badly in both the human and natural domains. “Sustainability” is not the answer.

Systemic Design Approaches in the Public Sector: Are we ready?

Systemic Design Approaches in the Public Sector: Are we ready?

RSD6 Keynote. Sabine Junginger: So overwhelming is the intricate web of laws, rules, and regulations in a highly hierarchical and political landscape that those working under intense time pressure rarely get time to reflect on their design approaches.

Reflections

Reflections

RSD5 Keynote. Humberto Maturana: The act of design is the act of specifying intentionally an arbitrary matrix of relations in some chosen operational domain.

A Systems Literacy Manifesto

A Systems Literacy Manifesto

RSD3 Keynote. Hugh Dubberly: We can begin to live in systems and make them our own. We can take responsibility for our world.

Self-organizing a strange attractor

Self-organizing a strange attractor

RSD3 Keynote. Harold Nelson: A more tailored form will take shape through a process of self-organization—a type of dialogue that gives order and form to complex things.

Knowing and Designing

Knowing and Designing

RSD3 Keynote. Ranulph Glanville: The type of outcome, the ways in which they can be judges, the implicit criteria and the ethics involved are very different for engineering and design, and I will explore these a little.

Bringing Complexity into Service Design Research

Bringing Complexity into Service Design Research

RSD3 Keynote. Daniela Sangiorgi: An increase in complexity in service innovation has motivated the introduction of meta-level frameworks in service research introducing descriptions of service systems or service eco-systems, calling for interdisciplinary efforts to work toward innovation.

Designing Large Systems: Five Stories; Five Lessons

Designing Large Systems: Five Stories; Five Lessons

RSD2 Keynote. Fred Collopy: My thesis is that because the world’s, each society’s, and indeed most businesses’ problems have grown so particular and so complex, designers need the perspective of systems thinkers – and systems thinkers need the tools of designers.