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Introduction to the Proceedings of RSD4—Developing a Systemic Design Research Network

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RSD4 Chair and Editor
RSD4 Chair and Editor

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

Systemic Design Research Network

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

 

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Author(s): RSD4 Co-Chairs & Editors, Alex Ryan and Peter Jones: 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.
Year: 2015
Title: Introduction to the Proceedings of RSD4—Developing a Systemic Design Research Network
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD4
Article No.: 001
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/
Host: OCAD University & MaRS
Location: Banff, Canada
Symposium Dates: September 1–3, 2015
First published: 19 March 2016
Last update: 30 April 2016
Publisher Identification: ISBN 978-0-9950245-0-2

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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).

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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
Advisors:
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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