Introduction

RSD4 – Developing a Systemic Design Research Network

RSD4 Chair and Editor
RSD4 Chair and Editor

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD4) 2015 Symposium

Co-Chairs & Editors: Alex Ryan, MaRS
Peter Jones, OCADU

The RSD4 symposium turned a corner, moving from Oslo, Norway to Banff, British Columbia (Canada) and enlarging the scope of papers and talks from previous years. The proceedings represent 40 authors across a range of related fields of design and systemics.

Five keynote speakers presented a range of compelling intellectual engagements, from Don Norman’s provocations to develop a design practice capable of dealing with significant complexity to Lia Patricio’s resonant case study and model of integration in the Portuguese health records system to AP-J’s cutting-edge architectural models. Ursula Tischner and Mugendi M’Riitha shared leading sustainability approaches.

Don Norman – Can HCD Help with Complex Sociotechnical Systems?
Lia Patricio – A Framework for Co-creating Service Platforms
Ann Pendleton-Jullian – Designing for Emergence for Radically Contingent Problems
Mugendi M’Rithaa – Renewing Africa’s Quest for Sustainable Energy
Ursula Tischner – “Crowd” based Systemic Design and Innovation for Sustainability

RSD proceedings are the result of a dialogue and discursive process within the community of practice. While it follows peer review within an extended reviewer panel, it differs from the traditional scientific publication process. The process contains five steps, creating long term engagement, a low entry threshold, and a high level of output. They are as follows:

  1. Submission and peer-review of abstracts
  2. Presentations and dialogues at the RSD symposium
  3. Post-production and submission of working papers
  4. Publication of the symposium proceedings with SDRN as the publisher
  5. Publication of selected fully developed and peer-reviewed scientific papers in an external publishing channel

This process was tested with RSD2 and has been used consistently in RSD and for two special issues of the design research journal FORMakademisk. Future symposia will follow the same process. We expect to continue with fully-developed and peer-reviewed selected publications in an annual special issue of FORMakademisk.

In addition to the original abstracts, the RSD4 proceedings provide working papers, final presentations and live sketchnotes. Working papers were developed and submitted after the symposium by most authors, following the evolutionary mode of RSD publication. Special thanks again to Patricia Kambitsch of Playthink and Linda Blaasvaer of AHO for the sketchnotes.

RSD4 editorial board members were Jodi Forlizzi, Peter Jones, Harold Nelson, Alex Ryan, and Birger Sevaldson.

Peter Jones and Alex Ryan
Co-Chairs, RSD4

Toronto | 1 March 2016

 

Posted Mar-2016

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Proceedings Introductions

RSD9 – Systemic Design for Well-being: From human to humane

RSD9 – Systemic Design for Well-being: From human to humane

RSD9 Chair, Praveen Nahar, and Editor, Peter Jones: RSD9 created a place for pause and reflection, but also bold ideas and forward-thinking discussion. The outcome is a collection of over 50 presentations on design outcomes and programs informed by research, real applications, and practices to address problems in the unbounded complexity of social and ecological systems.

RSD5 – Systemic Design for Social Complexity

RSD5 – Systemic Design for Social Complexity

RSD5 Chair & Editor, Peter Jones: Proceedings are the result of the dialogue and discursive process within the community of practice, and while it follows peer review within an extended reviewer panel, it differs from the traditional scientific publication process.

RSD3 – “Relating” Systems and Design

RSD3 – “Relating” Systems and Design

RSD3 Chairs and Editors: Birger Sevaldson and Peter Jones: The emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design responds to the increasing complexity in all challenges faced by designers, strategists, and transdisciplinary innovators.

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The Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium, RSD10.org, is November 3-6, 2021. 

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