RSD9 – Systemic Design for Well-being: From human to humane

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium

Chair: Praveen Nahar, NID
Editor: Peter Jones, OCADU

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. The proof of the quality of the experience is found in the extraordinary and vibrant materials and videos of the event.

Peter Jones
Editor, RSD9

Toronto | 25 March 2021

Take the Tour

A virtual tour of the Gigamap Exhibition on the National Institute of Design Campus in Ahmedabad, India.

Posted Apr-2021

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Proceedings Introductions

RSD5 – Systemic Design for Social Complexity

RSD5 – Systemic Design for Social Complexity

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.

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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