Emerging Contexts of Systemic Design – ISSS 2014

The 2014 ISSS conference held at George Washington U was organized and convened by current president Gerald Midgely, ( U of Hull) who this year hands off the lead to Open University’s Ray Ison, a leading researcher in water ecosystems. Ray will lead next year’s ISSS conference in Berlin and will be looking for inspiring new . . . → Read More: Emerging Contexts of Systemic Design – ISSS 2014

Design Research Methods for Systemic Design

From the presentation at ISSS 2014, Washington DC

The recent development of systemic design as a research-based practice draws on long-held precedents in the system sciences toward representation of complex social and enterprise systems. A precedent article, published as Systemic Design Principles for Complex Social Systems (Jones, 2014) established an axiomatic and epistemological basis for . . . → Read More: Design Research Methods for Systemic Design

Co-designing for power balance in social systems

Power remains a hugely unresolved issue in strategic design, “systems change,” OD, and progressive management.

Healthcare, like other public and social sector institutions (education, social welfare, government) is organized by what Jane Jacobs in Systems of Survival calls Guardian systems, the moral syndrome of ruling.  As in government, the values of authority, prowess, rank, restraints . . . → Read More: Co-designing for power balance in social systems

What is a “Problem,” Really? The Wickedness of Problem Systems

Adapted from a new article:  Jones, P.H. (2014). Systemic design principles for complex social systems. In G. Metcalf (ed.), Social Systems and Design, Volume 1 of the Translational Systems Science Series, pp 91-128. Springer Japan.

“Problems,” as we naively designate them, are essentially social agreements to name a salient concern shared within a culture. We . . . → Read More: What is a “Problem,” Really? The Wickedness of Problem Systems