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Introduction to the Proceedings of RSD9—Systemic Design for Well-Being

Proceedings: Editorial, RSD9, RSD9 Programme


Praveen Nahar

Systemic Design Association

Peter Jones

The RSD9 symposium theme was Systemic Design for Well-Being: From human to humane, marked by compassion and empathy not only for humans, living beings and our cultures but our natural world and surroundings.

RSD9 Week was hosted by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. It was held October 9-17, 2020, representing a full week of online paper presentations, workshops, complex visualizations (Gigamaps), panels and conversations.

The RSD9 Symposium was planned as the first Asian conference in RSD history, attendant to huge anticipation for its hosting by Praveen Nahar and faculty and students of the National Institute of Design. As with most conferences held in 2020, the plans and presentation styles were completely reimagined due to the pandemic. Not only did the conference proceed with an innovative online format and experience, but it was also attended by nearly double to typical RSD attendance, with 535 registered participants, due to the accessible online format.

RSD online was a truly experiential, participatory, mindful, and networked community event available across the globe. The event made the very best of the challenge of testing new formats for sharing, learning and networking creatively and innovatively, providing a high-quality, inexpensive, and travel-free experience for all. Proof of the quality of the experience is found in the extraordinary and vibrant materials and videos of the event.

Programme Lead: Sahil Thappa

Proceedings Editor: Cheryl May




Citation Data

Author(s): RSD9—Systemic Design for Well-being. Held online. October 9-17, 2020. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.
Year: 2020
Title: Introduction to the Proceedings of RSD9—Systemic Design for Well-Being
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD9
Article No.: 001
Host: National Institute of Design
Location: Ahmedabad, India
Symposium Dates: October 9–17, 2020
First published: 25 April 2021
Last update: 30 April 2021
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

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.


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