Select Page


Inquiry into Preconditions, Social Architecture and Design Process for Co-Creating a Social Field for a Culture of Care and Kinship

Format: Papers, RSD12, RSD12 Papers Pre-release

Luea Ritter, Marco Gyger and Anaïs Sägesser
This paper presents our findings over the last one and a half years of stewarding the WorldEthicForum (WEFo) and aims at showing the interrelationality of the different schools of thought and bodies of work that our participatory action research is built on. It includes a comprehensive literature review on the preconditions, social architecture, and design process necessary for co-creating coherence in social fields towards a culture of care and kinship (Harraway 2016, Van Horn et. al. 2021) through trans-contextual approaches.
Building on Max-Neef (2005) we refer to trans-disciplinary approaches in which “learning facilitates an onto-epistemological shift among a group of collaborative researchers from linear and reductive logic toward a more complex view of realities” (Ross & Mitchell 2018) and enhances the notion of “researcher” to action-research. Particularly we build on the work of Bradbury et. al. (2019, 2022) with their focus on action research for transformation in the view of our socio-ecological crisis. Our eco-centric approach explores four key components: process structure and architecture, preconditions (practices, capacities, land and place, and inclusion of diverse voices), shared culture of care and kinship, and coherence in social fields (Pomerroy & Hermann 2023).
In the analysis, the importance of listening and creating spaces that allow emergence over time is highlighted, the importance of more inclusive and participatory forms of leadership is explored, and the importance of relating with complexity is underlined (Stacey & Mowles, 1993). We investigate various approaches, such as Theory U (Scharmer 2016), the Art of Participatory Leadership, and Systems Sensing (Ritter & Zamierowsky 2021) emphasising the need to foster deep engagement and co-creation to enable transformative movements towards greater coherence.
The paper identifies the significance of surfacing deeply rooted issues, building relational capacities, and engaging with land and place. It acknowledges the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives as essential, drawing from feminist theory and decolonizing approaches broadening collective understanding (Akomolafe et al. 2017).
Our exploration delves into the ingredients necessary for the cultivation of care and kinship. It considers transdisciplinary contributions, such as the integration of neuroscience, as well as contemplative and indigenous practices. We emphasise the need of interrelationships and interdependencies to foster a coherent transcontextual social field.
This paper wants to lay the groundwork for further participatory action research in the field of co-creating a culture of care and kinship. It identifies gaps in existing knowledge and highlights required inquiry for future empirical studies and practical applications in societal transformation.
Keywords: participatory action research
root causes
social field




Citation Data

Author(s): Luea Ritter, Marco Gyger and Anaïs Sägesser
Year: 2023
Title: Inquiry into Preconditions, Social Architecture and Design Process for Co-Creating a Social Field for a Culture of Care and Kinship
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD12

These posts are in production. Please excuse incomplete or unformatted posts. If you would like to receive a paper or have questions about the proceedings, please contact You can also opt into the newsletter and stay up-to-date on RSD12 proceedings and other systemic design news.

Watch for updates

Verified by MonsterInsights