RSD5 – Systemic Design for Social Complexity

RSD5 Speaker

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

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 atMaRS 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

RSD5 Photos

RSD5 photographs by George Wang and Roberto Andrade Selibe. View all photos: RSD SYMPOSIUM FLICKR SITE.

Posted Feb-2017

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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.

RSD4 – Developing a Systemic Design Research Network

RSD4 – Developing a Systemic Design Research Network

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.

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.


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

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