Relating Systems Thinking to Design 3 – Call for Contributions

Peter Jones Design research, Social Systems Design, Systemic Design

The 3rd annual symposium is organized  the Systemic Design Research Network and hosted by the Institute of Design, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) The emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design responds to the increasing complexity in all challenges faced by designers, strategists, and transdisciplinary innovators. We are facing deeply entangled problematics in natural, social, economic, and political systems. Our professional and organizational worlds have become too complex for linear goal-driven management, and the solution of conventional design thinking is insufficient to address complexity across domains, scales, and networks. New thinking, new knowledge, and new forms of intervention are required to take on this web of interconnected challenges. The theme for Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3, to be held at AHO in Oslo 15th to 17th October 2014, is: Knowledge of Forms and Forms of Knowledge. The Systemic Design Research Network invites systemic designers to think BIG for this year’s symposium. How might systemic design help to: Promote a transition towards flourishing enterprises and sustainable prosperity? Engage value conflicts between economic, social, and environmental paradigms? Address systemic …

Systemic Design – An Emerging Interdiscipline

Peter Jones Social Systems Design, Strategic Innovation, Systemic Design

So we might ask, is there a definable field and practice of systemic design? With Jeremy Bowes, we teach a course in system titled Systemic Design in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program at OCADU.  We believe systems thinking to be one of the core “thinkings” for the SFI program (design, business, and futures thinking, “surrounded” by creative systems thinking). Over the 5 years of teaching the program and producing futures and strategic design studies for agencies and clients, we have found systemic design becoming one of the most differentiating and persuasive competencies, both in its underpinning theory and social technologies. We’ve been making the invisible college of this practice a lot more visible. Working with Birger Sevaldson at AHO, Oslo for the last few years, we’ve coordinated curriculum and methods and have exchanged workshops to develop systems thinking methods in strategic design and service design. At first, this was a typical international faculty and research collaboration, funded generously by Norway and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). In 2012, we exchanged workshops and ideas, and held the …

Systemic Design Symposium

Peter Jones Social Systems Design, Systemic Design

Relating Systems Thinking and Design is a free and open symposium in Oslo, Norway over two days with a preceding full day with diverse workshops. The symposium is provided for free, and is open to accepted presentations and to invited and guest participants. The symposium will take place at Oslo School of Architecture and Design for: 9th October: Workshops 10th – 11th October: Symposium Purpose of Symposium The emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design responds to the increasing complexity in all challenges faced by designers and transdisciplinary innovators. Our worlds have become too complex for linear and goal-driven management, resulting in hopelessly complicated social, economic, and political systems. The global demand for sustainability, democratic economies, and the emerging social arrangements for better education, employment, and development have become too complex for conventional thinking. About 50 authors have contributed brief papers and presentations for the 2 day symposium in 5 theme areas derived from the papers themselves. New thinking in systemic design incorporates advanced design research, service design for complex systems, and emerging design theory informed by systems thinking.

Designing for Emergence – Monitoring Collective Network Intelligence

Peter Jones Civil media, Dialogic Design, Social Systems Design

Alberto Cottica presents the story of emergence in large, specialized social networks as the social technology necessary to address the wicked complexity of today’s societal problems. Alberto’s analysis recognizes that citizen level participation could intervene as a powerful social force is guided (even “tweaked” as he says) by monitoring and reinforcing leverage points int he network subsystems. His recommendation for technological design is quite close to what Structured Dialogic Design accomplishes in its smaller organizational scale. But as in most discussions of the kind, the analysis falls short in the implementation. There are no operational real examples of the theory in action (at least in the talk). Alberto doesn’t address stakeholder interaction and the formation intention, or group pathologies in any event. I agree that we should work toward the broader scale of citizen intelligence and engagement possible in web-enabled networks. We can also reach the goal of fine-tuning critical measures of social interaction in coordinated action and possibly for emergent social movements. However, collective intelligence must be distinguished from collective wise action. While intelligence of sorts (and collective awareness …