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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 was more than an online event—RSD12-ONLINE was 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 included papers, workshops, interactive sessions, systems maps, and guest speakers. The RSD12-ONLINE pass worked as a standalone experience or could augment the in-person experience at a hub. Either way, participants were able to jump into a world of systemic design every day from October 6 to October 20. The sessions were scheduled over two weeks to avoid online fatigue, and sessions were recorded and available to attendees until December 31, 2024.

The Programme

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

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

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 was 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.