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.

ISSS 2012: Systemic Design Languages

Peter Jones Social Systems Design, Systemic Design

I recently returned from San Jose where I participated in a deeply engaging ISSS 2012, the annual meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences organized by outgoing president (and Toronto colleague) David Ing to great effect. Although ISSS is the legacy of the original Society for General Systems Research, it must be credited for moving beyond the conventional scholarly conference formula while keeping its learned society credibility. They continue to adapt to the purposes of effective systems research, deepening learning and practice, and having societal influence. At ISSS, publishing and talks extend the foundation of systems theory and share new applications. The purpose of presenting is more community development, not for credentialing a reference. I presented a short paper and a “Systems Basics” lecture. The short paper was quickly written to capture and share our learning from this year’s Systemic Design course which I teach in OCADU’s Strategic Foresight and Innovation MDes program. Professor Jeremy Bowes, who teaches the Understanding Systems course in our two-part course block, collaborated on the presentation. Toward the Integration of Visual Languages for …