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RSD13: Rivers of Conversations

by | Nov 2023 | Call for Contributions, For Contributors, News & Notes, RSD13

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design is hosting Relating Systems Thinking and Design 13 in October 2024. The group will post updates here as plans progress. 


OCT 22–24: RSD13-OSLO

RSD13 invites you to consider systemic design’s emerging features in the context of knowledge perspectives, praxeologies, and lived experience. The river of conversations metaphor harkens us to the tributaries of the thirteen RSD hubs in 2023, connects the ecotones of previous symposia, and the interdisciplinary functions of systemic design as bridges that connect meanings and mental models.

RSD13 is an eight-day event beginning with a three-day online pre-conference programme designed around ten-minute webinars with assigned discussants. The online sessions are followed by a three-day in-person symposium, which is an opportunity to convene around a single paper track and keynote speakers from the systemic design network and is followed by two de-conference days, also in-person, which takes a retreat format with an open space agenda and playshops.

dates | theme | focus areas

Deadline to register intent to submit March 15

Final submissions are due on
April 30

Feedback to authors
June 30

sessions mid-October

in-person end of October

Main theme: Rivers of conversations

Metaphors: river, conversations, dialogues, debate, flows, streams, meanders, delta, backwater, bridges, step stones

Focus of conversations: Relating systems thinking and design to catalyse and enrich conversations about the sub-themes below. Systemic design conversations on any other issues are also welcome and encouraged.

The Conversations


Methodologies and practice

  • Systemic design theories and praxeology
  • Transformative implementations—past, present and future
  • Advanced tools and AI in systemic design
  • Demonstrations and cases
  • Bridging across silos, knowledge domains and disciplinary boundaries
  • Embodiment, enaction and emotional engagement
  • Narratives, storytelling, myths and rituals
  • Visual conversation, gigamaps, synthesis maps, visual communication, jumping conversations

Democracy, power dynamics, and equity

  • Policy, governance and public trust
  • Fellowships of disagreement and depolarisation
  • Handling conflicts (negative/constructive) and bridging tensions
  • Civic society and social infrastructure
  • Power dynamics and empowerment
  • Representation, inclusion and diversity

Sustainability, society, and organisations

  • Policy and regulations (e.g. EU act and taxonomy)
  • Large-scale business and organisational transformations
  • Circular economy, service and value exchange
  • Constructed environments, objects and material systems
  • Exnovation and termination
  • Natural resources, biodiversity, deep ecology and regeneration
  • Consumption, sharing and recycling
  • Systemic design within a polycrisis world

Well-being, healthcare, safety, and resilience

  • Health, care and well-being
  • Prevention and proactivity
  • Preparedness, contingency, and defence capacity
  • Societal, organisational, and emotional resilience


RSD Review Process

RSD Review Process

Details about formats for authors, facilitators, and exhibitors. Contributions are included in the proceedings, a searchable repository of systemic design resources used by researchers, teachers, and practitioners.

RSD Guidelines

RSD Guidelines

Submission guidelines provide a detailed description of how to prepare a document for all submission formats: papers, presentations, workshops, and systems maps and exhibits.

Visual Inspiration

Image by Daniel E Coe

The inspiration chosen for RSD13 images is a visual interpretation derived from a high-resolution stereo digital elevation model of the Lena River delta by Daniel Coe, whose cartographic interests include geologic and geomorphic processes, natural hazards, biogeography, and lidar-based landform visualisation. The entire collection of geographic visualisation by Daniel Coe is on Flicker.

RSD13 image by Daniel Coe  | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
Detail view of the Lena River delta, LiDAR-based landform visualization

RSD13 Consultation

Share your experience and offer your thoughts on programming. Please take a few minutes to participate in the consultation.


Deadline to register intent to submit March 15

Final submissions are due on
April 30

Feedback to authors
June 30

sessions mid-October

in-person end of October

Lidar-derived image of the Danube River and floodplain near Tulln, Austria. Daniel Coe. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED