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Ahmedabad, India | October 2020
Published by: Systemic Design Association
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RSD9 – Systemic Design for Well-Being: From human to humane
Chair: Praveen Nahar, National Institute of Design
Editor: Peter Jones, OCAD University
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.
Take the Tour
A virtual tour of the Gigamap Exhibition on the National Institute of Design Campus in Ahmedabad, India.
RSD9 Symposium Proceedings
RSD9 proceedings are listed in the following order: introduction, keynote speakers, workshops, papers, systems maps.
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.
National Institute of Design Exhibition
A beautiful virtual walk-through of the National Institute of Design campus in Ahmedabad, India.
Designing with Nature: Systems design for the well-being of the Earth community
RSD9 Keynote. Vandana Shiva: Design, like every other discipline over the last few centuries, has been limited by colonialism and anthropocentrism – the assumption that colonising cultures are superior to the colonised, and humans are superior to other species.
No silver bullets. How UNDP learned to embrace systems thinking
RSD9 Keynote. Giulio Quaggiotto: Accepting that wellbeing and sustainable development are complex challenges means acknowledging the limitations of linear planning and moving away from the allure of designing single-point solutions.
Regaining a new sense of well-being by design
RSD9 Keynote. Harold G. Nelson: The COVID-19 virus has been the catalyst for disruptive pandemic changes around the world. Our norms are being forever changed. Our sense of well-being has been lost. New norms are needed now because a new normal is desired and necessary. It is a perilous game to play if the process of forming new norms is left to unfold by chance rather than intension.
Circularity, Systems Thinking and Sustainability
Prasad Modak: Is the concept of Circular Economy (CE) old wine in a new bottle? Is the canvas of CE really understood?
COLreg: The Collective Regenerative Region
Marie Davidová and Kateřina Zímová: The paper presents a practice-based systemic design project regenerating former gardening colony of Prague 22 district.
Conversations in Healthcare Service Design
Jonathan Romm, Palak Dudani, and Shivani Prakash: To stimulate innovation in systems of healthcare, designers need to become conversational experts.
Pupul Bisht: What does the future look like? Who owns/shapes these images of the future? Whose identity, knowledge, needs, and desires are not represented in these futures?
Integrating Selves and Systems through Ritual
Arvind Venkataramani and Adam Menter: Co-designed rituals are a way for people to identify and navigate the systems they are embedded in, and to construct or reshape selves to seek well-being.
Redesigning Our Theories of Theories of Change
Peter Jones: The working theories on the logic of system change outcomes, and the quasi-systemic logic models used to communicate them.
Bringing Systemic Design to Communities with the Circular Design Lab
Chris Oestereich & Courtney Savie Lawrence, Circular Design Lab
Circularity as Unifying Concept in Systemic Design for Sustainability?
Tobias Luthe, Angel Lamar, Birger Sevaldson, Tine Hegli, Marianne Storen Berg, and Peter Hemmersam, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Control v. Care: Frameworks for systems redesign during COVID-19
Jonathan Healey and Sydney M. Luken
Futures Design, Language and Systems – Towards languaging pluriversal futures
Palak Dudani and Andrew Morrison, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Hearth, Home and Well-being
Sucharita Beniwal and Swagata Naidu, National Institute of Design
Intervening in Power Dynamics: Introducing a new tool for talking about, analyzing, and shifting power
Lyndon Valicenti and Rae Perez, Daylight
Introducing and Testing a Systemic Design Practice Framework
Kogui’s Systemic Thinking for Sustainable Design of Habitats in Colombia and Worldwide
Eduardo Mazuera & Laura Niño Caceres.
Leveraging Tensions in Systemic Design
Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Jan-Carel Diehl, Ella Jamsin, Jotte de Koning, Rebecca Price and Nynke Tromp, Delft University of Technology
Mapping the Political Economy of Design
Joanna Boehnert and Simon Downs, Loughborough University
Power Tools for Collaborative Modelling of Socioeco-Sustainment
Nicole Norris, Maya Hoveskog, Francesca Ostuzzi, Peter Jones, and Antony Upward
Practicing the Worlds We Want: Prefigurative design for revolutionary transformation
Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell from Superorganism
Reordering our Priorities through Systems Change Learning
Zaid Khan, David Ing, Dan Eng, Kelly Okamuara, and Zemina Meghji
The Hippie Movement Discussed as Systemic Change
Birger Sevaldson, Oslo School of Design
Virtual-Real MOOCS: Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems
Tobias Luthe, Birger Sevaldson, Silvia Barbero, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer and Justyna Swat
What Does Belonging Mean? A framing and network approach to tackle loneliness among students
Eva Legemaate, Marie Van den Bergh, and Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Delft University of Technology
A Systemic, Socioecological Approach for Community Resilience: The case study of the World Music School
Authors: Timothee Landa, Susu Nousala
Analyzing Visualized Complexity
Author: Tore Gulden
Anuvad: A collaborative, co-creative approach to creating crafted e-textiles
Author: Chhail Khalsa
Arctic Design Theory: Methodological issues and interests concordance problems
Authors: Svetlana Usenyuk-Kravchuk, Nikolai Korgin
Co-Designing Food Revolution for Social Change
Authors: Yunsun Chung-Shin, Shrin Mehri
Collaboration Competencies for Complex Social Challenges
Conversations in Healthcare Service Design – The characteristics and use of conversations in ecosystemic service design
Authors: Jonathan Romm, Palak Dudani, Shivani Prakash
Embodying Design Questions: Playful explorations in critical health and care systems
Authors: Felicia Nilsson, Josina Vink
Engineering a Better World: Building a human-centered engineering program that is design-driven and focused on social impact
Author: Sunand Bhattacharya
From Wealth to Well-being – A systems oriented design exploration of imagining alternatives in urban housing
Author: Palak Dudani
Second-degree frugal innovation in the Belgian healthcare system
Authors: Marieke Maertens, Francesca Ostuzzi, Katrien De Schepper, Lieven De Couvreur, Maya Hoveskog, Nicole Norris
Healthcare System for Infants : System intervention model for early detection and treatment of developmental delays in infants
Author: Manushi Kaushik
How can systemic design path the way to innovation in social cooperative?
Marieke Maertens, Francesca Ostuzzi, Katrien De Schepper, Lieven De Couvreur, Maya Hoveskog, Nicole Norris
How to use Gigamap as a Medium for Analysis into a City – Based on case study of Rome and Palermo
Caterina Rosini, Silvia Barbero
In Absentia, Communicating In Uncertain Times: Open, closed, and the space in between us
Author: Ann McDonald
Introducing Systemic Design into the Largest Australian Government Design Function
Author: Misa Kaur
Leveraging Critical Values Tensions in Systems Design
Author: Russell Gaskin
Mapping the Terrain of Design Thinking Pedagogies and Outcome: Cross-institutional, longitudinal research
Danielle Lake and Wen Guo
Mapping Wicked Problems: A theoretical framework for socially constructed knowledge systems
Author: Neeta Verma
Methodology for designing alternative ecosystem for restoring indigenous knowledge of smallholder communities in India
Authors: Maya Narayan, Anshul Agrawal
Modelling an innovation ecosystem to build and nurture communities
Author: Ananya Agrawal
Nasdesign’s Systemic Approach to Design Management
Authors: Larissa Berlato, Luiz Fernando Gonçalves de Figueiredo
Not the Venn
Authors: Cat Drew, Cassie Robinson, Jennie Winhall
Older, Informed, Wiser: Behavioral change towards healthy and active Ageing
Authors: Karthikeyan Gopinathan, Srilakshmi Krishnaswamy
Preparing for the Pluriverse: Encouraging a critical self-reflective practice to build cultural humility into service design
Authors: Shivani Prakash, Oda Heier
Prototyping Resilience: Using games to engage communities in disaster response
Author: Thomas Maiorana
Reconstruction of lean path in governance system in emergency crisis
Authors: Long Yuan, Jun Zhang
Reducing Mining and Energy Consumption through Recycling of Fired Ceramic Waste
Author: Shashank Nimkar
Rethinking innovation labs for complex adaptive systems going through release and reorganization
Authors: Sean Gobey, Tara Campbell
Seeing the ‘Craft for Empowerment System’ in Pakistan
Author: Gwendolyn Kulick
Service and system oriented design exploration on healthy diets and sustainable food systems in China
Authors: Zijun Lin, Birger Sevaldson
Synergetic Landscapes Unit: The Multispecies Biodigital Community Codesign
Author: Marie Davidová
System thinking & synthesis mapping to manage product material selection process
Authors: Flavia Papile, Barbara Del Curto, Andrea Coccia
Systemic design for household waste management
Authors: Harshita Hassani, Naveen Kumar
Systemic design thinking for creating sustainable products through women self help groups
Author: Poonam Jayant Singh
Systemic Strategy: Systemic design methods for complex systems change
Authors: Ryan Murphy, Peter Jones
Systems Communications: A systems-oriented approach to strategic communication
Author: Zaid Khan
Systems thinking in food security research
Authors: Apostolos E. Lydakis, John Darzentas, Jenny S. Darzentas
The Creative Mountain Economy
Author: Sonam Tashi Gyaltsen
Using design methods to identify opportunities to prevent train-elephant collisions in India
Authors: Tejaswini Nagesh, Nitin Sekar, Praveen Nahar
The Roots of System-Oriented Design
Author: Birger Sevaldson
The Social Construction of Systemic Change: Our Working Theories of Change
Author: Peter Jones
The story of demand and supply of resources
Authors: Bharath Surendra, Manish Kumar, Shubham Yadav, Praveen Nahar, Sahil Thappa
Toying for Joyful Learning – Exploring Systemic Process
Author: Surabhi Khanna
Transforming Public Organizations into Co-designing Cultures
Author: Manuela Aguirre Ulloa
Understanding the complexities to cultivate holistic employee well-being in organizations
Authors: Akash Mohan, Bhaskarjyoti Das
Urban Strategy of Bio-corridor in Cities
Authors: Danjian Wang, Marie Davidová
Using systemic models in games and simulations for participatory planning
Authors: Bharath Palavalli, K. Harsha
Car-Free City Life
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. Autonomous public transport systems and the ongoing implementation of a car-free city center policy in Oslo.
Circulating Health Information toward Health Action
OCAD University, Canada. How might we help people to learn to manage their cardiovascular risk?
Co-designing a Pathway through Food Revolution for Social Change
Zayed University, Dubai, UAE. Process of ‘individual capacity building’ leading to ‘collective capacities in order to contribute to positive social change.
COLreg: The Regenerative Community
Collaborative Collective. Proposes circular economy for a gardening colony including upcycling and the use of tokens.
Design in Indian Army
National Institute of Design, India. Design thinking and human-centric approach to broaden the spectrum of design in the Indian Army.
Equation of Craft in India
National Institute of Design, India. The craft sector in India through mapping interconnections and multidirectional influences.
Making Waves: Organizational gigamap
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. The complex web of structures that form part of organizations, and some of the components they may need to operate.
Norwegian Labour & Welfare and Oslo Adult Education
Norwegian Labour & Welfare and Oslo Adult Education, Norway. Bridging the gap between people and public services by offering an overview of the whole system.
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, USA. Interdependencies, harmful feedback loops, and interventions to break the cycle of obesity.
Obesity in Western Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, USA. A visual guide to obesity and design interventions through Meadows’ leverage points.
National Institute of Design, India. The ‘amusement park’ represents various aspects of ‘Play’ as a plug-in to foster improved social connections.
Potential for a Circular Autopoietic Economy on Canavese Territory
Politecnico di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design, Italy. Strategies for the creation of new networks aimed at transforming the economy and production processes from linear to circular approach.
Potential for Circular Autopoietic Economy in High River Po Valley
Politecnico Di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design, Open Systems Design Lab, Italy. Illustrating a more circular economy that is more resilient and more regenerative.
Public Use Space Policy
Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión, Mexico. Understanding the need for an updated approach for the benefit of urban mobility and street vendors.
Regenerative Bioregional Transitions
The University of Limerick, School of Design, Ireland. The relationships between various perceived dimensions of designing for place-based, ecologically driven systems change.
Rising Adolescent Depression
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, USA. Factors related to adolescent depression synthesized to lend understanding to the systemic issues.
Sessional Design-Action Research Curriculum Framework
Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation, Georgian College, Barrie, and Canadian Freshwater Alliance, Canada. How curriculum might shift a uniquely Canadian rural region towards a Flourishing Social Enterprise landscape
Synergetic Landscapes Unit: The Multispecies Biodigital Community Codesign
Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK. A work in progress of Synergetic Landscapes unit of Master of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture.
The Story of Demand and Supply of Resources
National Institute of Design, India. A systemic exploration of the most basic physiological need for food and highly influential control means called markets.
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. A local community where industries are not dependent on each other, and benefit from each other’s knowledge.
VR to Fight Climate Change
Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, USA. Commercial VR as a tool to produce pro-environmental behavior that combats climate change.
Wealth to Well-being
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. A systems exploration in imagining alternatives within housing in Norway.
Wicked Problems: The Opioid Crisis
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, USA. In response to the Opioid crisis, the map proposes leverage points to intervene in terms of education, policy, healthcare, the environment, and the economy.