worldwide online systemic design symposium


13 HUB collective programme
keynotes, panels & special sessions


15 days
1 ticket

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over six online sessions every day

This is more than an online event—RSD12-ONLINE is a ticket to over 100 systemic design sessions, including livestreamed presentations from 12 partnered hubs and a cornerstone event, RSD12-Washington DC. The two-week programme includes papers, workshops, interactive sessions, systems maps, and guest speakers. The RSD12-ONLINE pass works as a standalone experience or can augment your in-person experience at a hub. Either way, you will be able to jump into a world of systemic design every day from October 6 to October 20. The sessions are scheduled over two weeks to avoid online fatigue, and you can follow several focus areas on your virtual journey.

Haley Fitzpatrick | RSD12-ONLINE: Circular Cross-scalar Governance Spiral

The Programme

The online programme features research papers and presentations of emergent work, over 30 online workshops, and speakers and plenaries live-streamed from 13 hubs.

  • Papers and emergent work are scheduled every day from October 6–20 (15 days).
  • Online workshops, panels, interactives, and exhibition talks will be scheduled between October 6–20 based on time zones and alignment with the focus areas and entanglements.
    The online programme includes sessions from hubs in Canada, China Colombia, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and the US.
    All sessions include an open segment for questions and comments from online participants.
  • The paper track runs from 8:00 to 12:00 EDT/UTC-4 every day.
  • Check out the hub timezones and convert other time zones using

RSD12-ONLINE pricing is variable, and we have offered four tiers to make the symposium accessible to all. If an organisation covers the cost of your ticket or you are in a higher income bracket, please consider paying the institutional or community rate so we can keep fees lower for self-funded individuals, students, and others who face financial barriers.* The higher rates also offer acknowledgement opportunities for the organisation.

The Systemic Design Association operates on a community-as-a-service model—every participant contributes in their way. Authors contribute content, reviewers provide guidance, and attendees give valuable feedback.

*For instance, living and working in a low-GNI country. The World Bank classifies countries by income for analytical purposes.

opt-in features:
institu­tions & commu­nity

RSD12-ONLINE is Broadcasting from Georgetown University, Washington DC

Institutional Opt-in

  1. Acknowledged in the proceedings by organisation name and website link.
  2. Community livestream host acknowledged as broadcasting sessions onsite in a classroom, meeting space or lobby videocast.
  3. Acknowledged as supporting a presentation or session.

Community Opt-in

  1. Acknowledged in the proceedings by organisation name and website link.
  2. Community livestream host acknowledged as broadcasting sessions onsite in a classroom, meeting space or lobby videocast.

Contact to organise opting into these features.

RSD12-online organisers

RSD12 Chair: Evan Barba,

Editor, Relating Systems Thinking and Design: Cheryl May,

Systemic Design Association Board Liaison: Palak Dudani
Production Management:

RSD is an initiative of the SDA

RSD12-ONLINE is managed by Georgetown University and is an initiative of the Communication, Culture and Technology Program and the Technology Design Studio, a multidisciplinary laboratory for the design and analysis of sociotechnical systems.

Copyright Information

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (ISSN 2371-8404) are published annually by the Systemic Design Association, a non-profit scholarly association leading the research and practice of design for complex systems: 3803 Tønsberg, Norway (922 275 696).


Open Access article published under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License. This permits anyone to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or form according to the licence terms.

Suggested citation format (APA)

Author(s). (20##). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD##. Article ##.

Publishing with RSD

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design are published online and include the contributions for each format.

Papers and presentations are entered into a single-blind peer-review process, meaning reviewers see the authors’ names but not vice versa. Reviewers consider the quality of the proposed contribution and whether it addresses topics of interest or raises relevant issues in systemic design. The review process provides feedback and possible suggestions for modifications.

The Organising Committee reviews and assesses workshops and systems maps & exhibits with input from reviewers and the Programme Committee.

Editor: Cheryl May
Peter Jones
Ben Sweeting

The Scholars Spiral

In 2022, the Systemic Design Association adopted the scholars spiral—a cyclic non-hierarchical approach to advance scholarship—and in 2023, launched Contexts—The Systemic Design Journal. Together, the RSD symposia and Contexts support the vital emergence of supportive opportunities for scholars and practitioners to publish work in the interdisciplinary field of systemic design.

The Systemic Design Association's membership ethos is to co-create the socialization and support for all members to contribute their work, find feedback and collaboration where needed, and pursue their pathways toward research and practice outcomes that naturally build a vital design field for the future.


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