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Introduction to the Proceedings of RSD5—Systemic Design for Social Complexity

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Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) 2016 Symposium

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Chair & Editor: Peter Jones, OCADU

The RSD5 Symposium was held October 14-15, 2016, chaired by Peter Jones and hosted by OCAD University. RSD5 was organized as a joint program between Peter’s OCADU team and the MaRS Solutions Lab at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Ontario. RSD5 was held over a 3-day period with a plenary day at MaRS on Day 2, to increase the meeting capacity to 300 persons for 3 keynotes, a panel discussion and two parallel paper tracks. The Toronto design firms Bridgeable and Pivot sponsored the reception and the Eric St. Laurent jazz trio, respectively.

Joeri van den Steenhoeven, Jerry Koh, and Vanessa Toye collaborative research group, hosted at OCADU’s Strategic Innovation Lab, provided major support for the group and proceedings.

The RSD5 editorial board was Birger Sevaldson, Alex Ryan, Silvia Barbero, and Jerry Koh. Special thanks to Patricia Kambitsch, Pupul Bisht, and Maggie Greyson for the live sketchnotes. Thanks to Skyler Perkins and Macy Siu for proceedings publication development.

Peter Jones
Chair, RSD5

Toronto | 1 February 2017

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Citation Data

Author(s): 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.
Year: 2016
Title: Introduction to the Proceedings of RSD5—Systemic Design for Social Complexity
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD5
Article No.: 001
Host: OCAD University
Location: Toronto, Canada
Symposium Dates:
First published: 1 February 2017
Last update: 30 April 2017
Publisher Identification: ISBN 978-0-9950245-0-2

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).


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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
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.