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Language Patterns of Systemic Design: Designing with Dialogue

Format: Workshops, RSD2, Topic: Methods & Methodology

Facilitator: Peter Jones

An interactive experience of dialogic design to explore a complex challenge, developing participant contributions from framing to findings, creating a systemic design map of the challenge and initial interventions. Dialogic design is a social systems design methodology based on systems sciences and grounded in the reality of strategic practice, supported by more than three decades of development and research.

Workshop Overview

  • Based on both systems thinking and group behavioural principles, a series of inquiries are engaged to evolve learning and insight into a challenge.
  • Based on Churchman’s inquiring systems, a series of language patterns are selected to navigate the variety of perspectives in the problem field.
  • Collaborative influence mapping represents dialogue outcomes as a hierarchy of possible leverage points.
  • Visual reflection brings design options created by the group to life in an initial systemic design.
  • A final mapping process relates dialogue content, participant values and proposed strategic pathways through the network.

Participants defined the framing and question, generating ideas related to systems thinking and design, and clarifying perspectives in dialogue and visual mapping. The following sketchnote suggests the outcome of the workshop, along with photos of the experience.




Citation Data

Author(s): Peter Jones
Title: Language Patterns of Systemic Design: Designing with Dialogue
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
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First published: 5 October 2013
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