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RSD12-ONLINE: Entanglements of Interest


A worldwide online systemic design symposium

Hosted by Georgetown University | October 6–20, 2023 | ONLINE | RSD12 on Zoom Events

This is more than an online event—RSD12-ONLINE is a ticket to sessions featuring over 100 papers and broadcasts from 14 partnered hubs—a two-week virtual programme of papers, presentations, emergent sessions, and online workshops. The programme will include keynote speakers, plenaries and panels live-streamed from hubs worldwide. 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. The Programme Committee is working to avoid concurrent sessions and schedule RSD12-HUBS consecutively.

Call for Contributions | Deadline for abstracts May 31 | Complete submissions due June 15 | Registration coming soon

RSD12-Online Setting

RSD12-ONLINE runs daily from October 6 to 20, 2023. The programme centres on research papers and presentations/­emergent work in sessions of 2–5 articles grouped around a focus area. The standard format for paper tracks is an opening segment for authors to present their work, followed by the facilitator’s comments and an open segment for participant comments and questions. The papers track can accommodate up to 104 papers, which will be announced following the peer-review period this summer.

The online programme will also offer online workshops and exhibition talks to discuss systems maps and exhibits. Each location will live-stream selected sessions via the Georgetown Zoom Events platform. Therefore, in addition to more than 100 papers, approximately 30 speakers or panels are expected to be included with the RSD12-ONLINE pass.

  • Papers and emergent work will be scheduled every day from October 6 to October 20. The support team is based at Georgetown University, so this track runs from 8:00 to 12:00 EDT/UTC-4. Hub time zones are below, and you can convert other time zones using the tool and GMT/UTC start time, 12:00.
  • 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, Colombia, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and the US.
  • Partners will also share what’s happening at their hub, such as workshops, dialogues, interactives, and other formats that are being held in person and unplugged.
  • Systems maps and exhibits are encouraged—in addition to being catalogued in the repository, submissions will be forwarded to regional organisers for on-site exhibitions.
  • All sessions include an open segment for questions and comments from online participants.

Papers, workshops, special sessions

The RSD12 call for contributions is now open and accepting submissions for papers and workshops.

The Programme Committee will group sessions by focus areas and consider in them in light of the entanglements.

cyber and digital focus
This hub will host GMT+8 time zone

For detailed descriptions of the focus areas, visit the focus page or individual hub profiles.


RSD12 Programme Committee

Chair: Evan Barba,

Members: Silvia Barbero, Sine Celik, Marie Davidová, Palak Dudani, Peter Jones, Cheryl May, Gordon Rowland


The programme and schedule are in development. We are currently accepting submissions for four tracks: papers, presentations, workshops, and systems maps and exhibits. The papers and presentations will run every day from 8:00–12:00 UTC-4. Other sessions will be programmed as hubs finalise their agendas.

100+ papers

Plus online workshops

13 hubs

live-streaming keynotes, panels, and special sessions

4 entanglements

13 focus areas


RSD12-ONLINE all-access $50 USD.

This fee provides access to the full RSD12-ONLINE programme and is independent of any fees charged for attendance at any hub.

RSD12 offers reduced fees on request for residents of low to middle-income countries (see World Bank) and those who face other financial constraints. Contact

Sessions offer captions, camera control, and chat options. The registration form will include a place to let us know if there’s anything that will help improve your RSD12-ONLINE experience.


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.

RSD12 Hub Partners


Papers & emergent work are scheduled at the same time every day.

The core programme consists of four one-hour daily sessions devoted to papers and emergent work (paper track). Keynotes and plenaries will be broadcast from the hubs according to their schedule. Online workshops will be offered based on the facilitators’ preference.

Below are the local times using RSD12-HUBS as examples. You can convert other time zones using the tool and GMT/UTC start time, 12:00.

RSD12 Vancouver


RSD-Vancouver, CAN


RSD-Edmonton, CAN
RSD-Monterrey, MEX


Bogotá, COL


Pittsburgh, USA
Toronto, CAN
Washington, DC, USA

RSD12 Vancouver




Amsterdam, NLD
Nordmarka Forest, NOR
Turin, ITA


Ahmedabad, IND

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 scholar’s spiral

In 2022, the Systemic Design Association adopted the scholar's 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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