Peter Jones, with Kristel Van Ael

This is a presentation and discussion on the new systemic design book, Design Journeys through Complex Systems. Peter Jones presents the core ideas in the book, with a focus on the unique methodology, referred to as Design Journeys. Along with the seven-stage process advanced by the Systemic Design Toolkit, the Journeys book develops the progression of collaborative learning with groups using the tools, and the style of convening workshops with mixed methods.

Design Journeys presents a full lifecycle systemic design methodology, with methods and tools summarized for individual learning and use in workshops. Each tool draws on a method or theory in the systems literature (primarily) and is translated into highly usable, validated analysis or group methods. The Systemic Design Toolkit has been developed with input and feedback from the practitioners since its first presentation at RSD5 in 2016.

The session comines lecture, discussion, and an interactive exercise to learn the methodology. Attention to the scientific support for practices – i.e., stakeholder model, sensemaking methods, tool selection, and co-creation contexts – will be shared. Graduate-level use cases demonstrate how learning systems methods in codesign contexts might be accelerated through Design Journeys and the Systemic Design Toolkit.


  • Learn the extended methodology and tools in the evolved Systemic Design Toolkit in a new book based on seven years of research and development of systems thinking tools in design.
  • Learn about selected methods, theories, and practices as advocated for systems change (social transformation) applications.
  • Learn how systemic design methodology applies across the stages of a comprehensive design project

A 20% discount code is provided at the workshop to purchase Design Journeys through Complex Systems from BIS Publishers.

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Citation Data

Author(s): Peter Jones and Kristel Van Ael
Year: 2022
Title: Design Journeys—A methodology, for a systems change
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 035
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 30 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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