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RSD11 symposium

RSD11: Possibilities & Practices of Systemic Design

Sunday, October 16

Sunday features a programme of eight paper sessions, two in-person activities, and four workshops. The final segment includes the Systemic Design Association address, Silvia Barbero’s closing address, and a culminating roundtable hosted by the Design Council.

All times are BST. Convert your timezone to BST.

hybrid = venue + hub on zoom

The white boxes indicate sessions that bring together people who are online with those who are in person in Brighton. Online participants join via the RSD11 hub on Zoom while in-person venues will broadcast the session.

online = zoom hub

A grey box indicates that the session is hosted online. There's a single #RSD11 Zoom link for the entire symposium, and the virtual lobby and chat will open 30 minutes before the session begins. Brighton sites will have dedicated spaces for those who want to join online sessions – however, they are not broadcast, so these are "bring your own device" sessions.

in-person = onsite venues only

There are several onsite venues, and details can be found in the black boxes marked "venue". Refreshments and lunch are provided.

in-person activities

in-person workshops

Silvia Barbero

hybrid SDA address

Hybrid Roundtable

SUN 16


Connect online via the Zoom link – the lobby and chat will be available.

In-person registration & venue

University of Brighton, City Campus, Grand Parade Building | CAMPUS MAP

Grand Parade is the base for Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA). Several exhibitions are on in the Grand Parade and Dorset Place galleries at Brighton CCA during RSD11.

9:00 Grand Parade

Registration open from 8:00

23 methods & worlds | online hub & room 204


Ontological Design for Robotics -102 Steve Battle

Infrastructure as Advocacy: Infrastructuring mid-level actors with student-led research projects -62 Michael Arnold Mages

An Empirical Study of Understanding in Order to Act and Acting in Order to Understand in Digital Design Practice -168 Chitraj Bissoonauth, Christiane Margerita Herr, and Thomas Fischer

Focus: Methods and the worlds they make

24 health & well-being | online hub & sallis benney theatre


Systems Thinking Perspective on Support for Transition and Acceptance of Identity of Chronic Health Disease Patient in Society -69 Thejashwini D, Jaya Prabhakaran R I and Gauri Pradhan

Designing for Mental Health Care Ecosystems Transformation: The role of a territorial co-lab for resources emergence and integration -129 Daniela Sangiorgi and Sultan Serpil Erdonmez

A Systemic Design Framework for AI-enabled Healthcare: Improving health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities -35 Gyuchan Thomas Jun, Satheesh Gangadharan, Georgina Cosma, Panos Balatsoukas, Cecilia Landa-Avila, Francesco Zaccardi, Michelle O’Reilly, Ashley Akbari, Vasa Curcin, Rohit Shankar, Reza Kiani, Neil Sinclaire and Chris Knifton

Towards Healthcare Sustainability: A developmental design approach -147 Pranay Arun Kumar and Peter Jones

25 systems oriented design | online hub & room M2


Decentering design: what designers can learn from community organizers -162

Asynchronous Ecosystem development: Micro-mapping using scanning, ZIP-Analysis, and systemic relations -11 Cheryl May

Gigamapping for Creating a Context of Use -101 Marius Stenersen, Birger Sevaldson and Adam Balfour

Use Systems Oriented Design (SOD) for implementation -36 Andreas Wettre and Christodoulos Christodoulou (Andreas presenting)

Addressing Complexity in Product-Focused Environment -141 Tabea Glahs, Marcela Urbano and Maria Haukali

26 different stories in design (Bateson) | online hub & room G4


Identity and Digital Spaces: A cooperative experience -78 Nick Meyne, Angus McLeod, Osioke Itseuwa and Federico Piovesan

Exploring Bateson’s Syllogism in Grass in Systemic Design -178 Dan Lockton

Design and Double Bind Communication in Public Services -143 Linda Blaasvær, Tore Gulden and Frederick Steier

Architectural Roots of Ecological Crisis -52 Ben Sweeting

Focus: Different stories in design


27 possibilities & practices | online hub & room 204


Building a Systemic Designer’s Library: Borrowing from multiple disciplines to develop systemic design mental models -71 Beatrice V. Luna

To Witness, To Practise, To Recognise: We see water system -72 Veneranda Carrino, Federica Spera and Giovanni Capoccia

Disciplinary Convergence in Scientific Collaboration: Using storytelling as a research integration mechanism -135 Cornelis Willem Klok and Younjung Choi

Chawalgatha: Creating awareness about the indigenous rice crops of India through communication design -191 Saurabh Tewari and Raina Singh

Visualising Systems as Stories and Narratives: Storyboards and comics -90 Simge Goksoy

28 possibilities & practices | online hub & sallis benney theatre


Navigating Designerly Systemic Approaches for Sustainability Transitions -87 Svein Gunnar Kjøde

System-Shifting Design: An emerging practice explored -24 Cat Drew, Jennie Winhall and Cassie Robinson

Portfolio Design Stencils: A conceptual and design architecture for accelerating social systems transformation -107 Luca Gatti and Gina Belle

Verksted – A Networked Space for Collaborative Sense-Making -145 Francis D’Silva

29 radical shifts in planetary health | online hub & room M2


Is Innovation Innovating? Towards regenerative sense-making and value-creation -14 Anna Bertmark

Anticipating Futures: Forecasting and climate preparedness for co-located hazards in India -86 Tom Ainsworth, Shilpi Srivastava and Shibaji Bose

A Tool for Sympoietic Thinking -94 Katie Cunningham

Focus area: Radical shifts in planetary health

30 different stories in design (Bateson) | online hub & room G4


Systems Thinking, Evaluation, Learning, and Sustainability in Community Transformation -159 Eve Pinsker

How Many Ecologies? From Bateson to Guattari and back again -80 Jon Goodbun


Playing with Emergent Pattern in Movement and Storytelling: A Participatory (Embodied) Stretch Break – Eve Pinsker and Mikal Giancola

Focus: Different stories in design

activity sessions X2 | in-person

Concurrent in-person activities – 30 minutes

Systemic Design for Net Zero – room M2 continues from Papers 29

Playing with Emergent Pattern in Movement and Storytelling: A Participatory (Embodied) Stretch Break – room G4 continues from Papers 30

Activities are 30-minute interactive sessions that provide a space for participants to engage and enact (not just listen to) new ideas and practices. Whereas conventional paper presentations usually begin with a talk and end with (often rushed) questions and comments, this format places interactions amongst participants as the main activities.

10 minutes – Opening, including introductions and scene setting
15 minutes – Activity, with participants getting the chance to interact
5 minutes – Conclusion

workshops X2 | in-person – rooms 225 & 202

Concurrent in-person workshops – 120 minutes

Sensing Our Way Through Design over Time – room 225

Play Circular Families and Discover the Circular Citizens – room 202

LUNCH 13:00-14:00


SDA announcements | sallis benney theatre

Evan Barba, Silvia Barbero, and Peter Jones

SDA address – planetary health | sallis benney theatre

Drawing on research and extensive cases from systemic design and the circular economy, the closing remarks by SDA Board Chair Silvia Barbero will consider the role of designers and systemic design in planetary health. 

Focus: Radical shifts in planetary health


Design for Planet Roundtable | sallis benney theatre

Moderator: Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Discussants: Tom Ainsworth, Dan Lockton, Dulmini Perera, and Sally Sutherland

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is Chief Design Officer at The Design Council, the UK’s national strategic advisor for design, championing design and its ability to make life better for all. The Design for Planet mission was introduced in 2021 to galvanise and support the 1.97 million people who work in the UK’s design economy to help achieve net zero and beyond. Design for Planet Festival 2021 brought together 120 sustainable design leaders and 6,000 online attendees and was awarded Gold in the GOV Design Awards 2022. The 2022 Festival is November 8 & 9 – registration is open to all.

On behalf of The Design Council, Alexandra was interested in RSD11 and how we might transfer the knowledge gained by bringing together such a massive group of people working in systemic design. The discussants represent academic and non-academic design and offer perspectives drawn from their involvement in the focus areas of the conference. In addition to key takeaways, the roundtable will consider questions that have emerged from the symposium and highlight standout and outlier ideas.

The Design Council is an independent and not-for-profit organisation incorporated by Royal Charter. The Design Council uniquely works across all design sectors and delivers programmes with business, government, public bodies and the third sector. The work encompasses thought leadership, tools and resources, showcasing excellence, and research to evidence the value of design and influence policy.

16:30 fini