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Portfolio Design Stencils: A conceptual and design architecture for accelerating social systems transformation -107


Luca Gatti and Gina Belle

Social systems need new conceptual, learning and action architectures to enact strategy, change theories, transformation and impact programs in the face of escalating systemic complexity and cascading uncertainty. Instruments to manage emergent implications, discover new pathways and solutions, generate actionable intelligence and inform decision-making and commitment of resources to transformation over and in time.

CHÔRA has developed a new framework, practice and toolkit for system transformation: Portfolio Design Stencils. The output of a Stencil is a Portfolio of Strategic Innovation and System Transformation Options that is activated to help social systems learn their way into change. Each Portfolio is intent-led, structured, distributed, place-based, participatory, and dynamically manages a distributed range of interventions that support sustained and collaborative strategic learning, action and decision-making. The Stencil provides strategic and systemic designers with generative and evolutionary metamodels, processes and tools to: engage with complex problems; coherently design, manage and learn from problem-solving actions over time; and accelerate impact in the social systems in which they operate.

The presentation will outline the methodology and provide cases of in-field applications of Portfolio Stencils to address complex, multifaceted, and multi-stakeholder issues such as urban transformation and sustainable tourism with government and development agencies.

Keywords: system transformation, strategic design, systemic design, portfolios of strategic innovation options, complexity, uncertainty, organisational learning, metamodels, visualisation, visuospatial

Pre-proceedings drafts are available for RSD11 participants to review. The corresponding paper number is at the end of the title. The papers have been peer-reviewed, and the authors have made revisions. Following RSD11, authors will have a final period to revise their work from the feedback received at RSD before the proceedings are formally published.

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Suggested Citation Format (APA)

Author(s) (20XX). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSDX) Symposium.