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These four project posters reflect mapping as frameworks to describe and inspire multiple perspectives at different scales. SODIF (Strange) maps pathways and critical elements that support the continuous cycles required for implementation in complex situations, and the packaging value map serves as a common ground for discussing the complex ecosystem with stakeholders (Park). Tejiendo Montañas (Mallma, López Elenes & Sandoval Osio) explores socioecological re-connection with the landscape as a process to build a new relationship between city and mountain. Ecotones (Muljono) zooms in with an approach that navigates the transitions between ecosystems to identify systemic pain points.

Presenters

Espen Strange | SODIF: Systems oriented design implementation framework

Eunji Park | Value Mapping For Stakeholder Engagement

Sally Torres Mallma, Guadalupe López Elenes, and Gerardo Sandoval Osio | Tejiendo Montañas: Corredores Socioecológicos en Monterrey

Darwin Muljono | Ecotones: Tensions, innovations, and systemic changes

Commenter

Jonathan Rhomm | Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Host

Aakash Bhadra

Sketchnoter

Aditi Shinde | Instagram @ditiiee

Organiser

Cheryl May | cheryl@systemic-design.org

Note: This is an audio recording with the speakers’ names and maps (there is a short segment of introductory music). The presentation decks are below and maps and their briefs can be accessed via their articles. To see the papers and read the briefs, see the Mapping as frameworks articles.

I work in processes related to the construction industry, where linear implementation is implicit on both formal and informal levels. I have introduced the cyclical SODIF framework in the pre-phase discussion of building projects to prompt different initial discussions and expectations, and I found it very useful on a conversational level. —Ingerid Helsing Almaas, SODIF

Presentations

Mapping Mondays: Frameworks Summary

Implementing systems-oriented design frameworks. 0:00

Oslo School of Architecture and Design team developed a framework for systems-oriented design implementation.

The team identified key roles for successful implementation, including facilitation, storytelling, and resource management.

Espen Strange emphasises the importance of reflection and iteration in the implementation process, suggesting that there is no definitive end state.

The discussion turns to the topic of value mapping for stakeholder engagement.

Circular economy. 7:21

Eunji Park, Executive Director at Indeed Innovation, discusses a project with a European packaging manufacturer to develop a business case for product traceability.

The project aims to future-proof innovation by retrieving plastic waste and packaging waste as a resource—and creating a digital ecosystem to comply with emerging laws and mitigate waste.

The Indeed team conducted research to identify stakeholders in the packaging value chain, including suppliers, printers, retailers, and users.

The team created a map of the value chain, involving stakeholders throughout the process to ensure accuracy and gather feedback, and designed the map to convey the story of value creation for all stakeholders.

Aakash Bhadra and others discuss digital product passports and ecological corridors in Europe, highlighting the importance of considering external conditions and community involvement in their design.

Ecological corridors in Monterey, citizen participation. 16:43

Sally Torres Mallma, Guadalupe López Elenes, and Gerardo Sandoval Osio describe the Tejiendo Montañas project, which aims to ensure the right to nature for the entire population through the three-phase project, connecting green areas, industries, and public policies.

The local park and revine were transformed into a socioecological corridor through interventions and visualisations.

Using critical realism to identify pain points in design. 21:14

Darwin discusses pain points in design, focusing on contradictions in principles and philosophical foundations.

Investigating tensions in caregiver-client interactions reveals contradictions in legal responsibilities and state assessments.

Darwin proposes using critical realism to identify structural issues contributing to social problems.

Mapping and designing complex systems. 29:06

Jonathan Romm appreciates the maps presented and finds them thought-provoking—he notes the implementation framework with feedback loops and expresses appreciation for the contextual maps.

Questions related to the purpose of the framework, whether it’s a conceptual framework or a guide for practitioners, and how it can be useful in a learning environment.

Request for more information on the trajectories leading out of the system and the scale of the graphical emphasis on those trajectories.

Exploring the emotional aspect of mapping, particularly in the context of overlapping ecosystems, and how to balance the functional and emotional aspects in systemic design.

Designing a circular economy map for a client. 37:31

Discussing the importance of visioning and future-oriented thinking in the design of the value chain map rather than simply representing the current status quo.

Maps are guided by the need to make stakeholders see themselves as part of it and highlight the priorities and decision-making processes that are most relevant to their needs.

Using a framework for impact analysis in system-oriented design projects. 40:17

Designers and system-oriented project teams use the framework for reflection and navigation in intervention design.

Practical applications of a framework for action. 42:00

The practicality of the SODIF team’s approach is that they can use it in their day-to-day work as architects and designers.

Acknowledgements

Cheryl May:

Thanks to everyone who joined today and the presenters for this wonderful walk through their mapping work. Also, the donors and supporters who have allowed SDA to meet the goal to support hosting online sessions throughout the year—and Jonathan for a thoughtful discussion.

Acknowledging Systemic Design Association board members in attendance—Peter Jones, Jonathan Romm, and Palak Dudani—for their continuous care for this community and for establishing a systemic design corpus.

Thanks to RSD13 co-chairs Andreas Wentre, Birger Sevaldson, and Jonathan Romm for joining.

Thoughts and references

Ingerid Helsing Almaas: I think Patricia Shaw’s angle in facilitation is also thought-provoking. Changing Conversations in Organizations https://www.routledge.com/Changing-Conversations-in-Organizations-A-Complexity-Approach-to-Change/Shaw/p/book/9780415249140

Kai: One major actor for digital product passports in the EU is Circularise. They work extensively with the EU Commission and on the European Plastic Pact. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5XvYxKnzyc

Peter Jones: @francis Every implementation is different, of course, and each project is contingent on many factors for its coordination. There are systems perspectives on this “phase,” if you will, including ours in the Design Journeys book. In terms of megaproject implementation theory, see Bent Flyvbjerg. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=79htA7gAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra

Peter Jones: Q: @Sally, Gerado Beautifully clean mapping to show the different aspects of the “corridor” This also looks like a map of a changing ecology, as a new basin that might represent an emerging transition to a stable state. Have you done any mapping of water flows back from use,  as in Meadows stock & flow diagram?

Gerado: Not yet Peter! But we think it is a great tool to explain and analyse the transition of the system through this intervention.  We will work on it and share it with you for feedback.

Aakash Bhadra: Does critical realism help crystallise the abstractions of transitional space that emerges in the interactions between two more than two ecospheres?

Darwin: I personally think so—critical realist is based on the idea of epistemology subjectivism (theory-dependence), which means abstraction is inevitable but depends on their own theoretical underpinnings that they need to reconcile with how they understand the other ecosystem.

Peter Jones: Q @Darwin  Cultural historical activity theory has a realist basis, although not usually presented that way. There is a similar arising of actor-action relationship forms, but of course, the idea of ecotone is not found.  The “object” in AT is the shared space where activity is directed. Could we say that activities as action-in-the-world form new potentials for design in the connection between human ecosystems?

Darwin: Definitely! But also, I think from a critical realist approach it’s “outside-in”—that is, activities as world-that-drives (facilitates) actions.”

Abhay: Value chain mapping reminds me of a fishing supply chain case study in the book about ethnographic thinking by Jay Hasbrouck. https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=UuPxtl8AAAAJ&citft=1&citft=3&email_for_op=mayrichings%40gmail.com&citation_for_view=UuPxtl8AAAAJ:Y0pCki6q_DkC | https://www.jayhasbrouck.com/

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