RSD5 2016

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) 2016 Symposium 

Editor: Peter Jones, OCAD University    Editorial Board: Birger Sevaldson, Alex Ryan, Silvia Barbero, Jerry Koh

Citation: Author. (2016). Article title. In Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) 2016 Symposium. Toronto, Canada, October 13-15, 2016.

Published by: Systemic Design Research Network        Toronto, Canada
ISSN 2371-8404 

The proceedings are published and available online as open access documents.


Published Articles

All articles and abstracts are copyright (c) 2016 by the respective authors, unless stated otherwise.

Design for Public Value

  • Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard: US SOCOM Goes Google
  • Tareq Emtairah, Helen Avery and Khaldoon Mourad: Visioning Labs with displaced academics as a design strategy for sustainable post-conflict reconstruction
  • Bridget Malcolm, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer: Developing a systemic design practice to support an Australian government regulatory agency

Advanced Policy Design

  • Nenad Rava: Designing for policy and institutional change in governance
  • Silvia Barbero & Agnese Pallaro: Systemic Design & Policy Making: The Case of the Retrace Project
  • Karen Ingerslev & Trine Naldal: Citizens as Co-designers: Facilitating systemic change at the policy level

Process Innovation

  • Alex Ryan, Alexander Baumgardt & Paul Pangaro: Playing with Fire: Designing With and for tension in Groups
  • Fredrik Eive Refsli & Dino Karabeg: Enabling Systemic Transformations
  • Philippe Vandenbroeck & Kristel Van Ael: Codifying Systemic Design: A Toolkit
  • Gordon Rowland: Systemic Design as an Explanation of Powerful Learning Experience
  • Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer: Human-Centred Design for Social Complex Service Systems
  • Allenna Leonard: The Viable System Model and Team Syntegrity process
  • David Ing & Susu Nousala: Curriculum Making for Trito Learning: Wayfaring into a meshwork of systems thinking

Service Design for Care and Wellness  

  • Katharine Zywert: Medicine in the Anthropocene: Modern Healthcare and the Transition to an Ecologically Viable Society
  • Peter Pennefather, West Suhanic, Katie Seaborn, & Deborah Fels: Eudaimonic Flourishment though Healthcare System Participation in Annotating Electronic Health Records
  • Vanessa Rodrigues & Josina Vink: Shaking up the Status Quo in the healthcare system 
  • Karen Oikonen, Paul Holyoke, Rizzi, Stephenson, & Sethi: The Reflection Room: Shifting from death-avoiding to death-discussing

Theory & Method

  • Birger Sevaldson: A Library of Systemic Relations
  • Manuela Aguirre, Natalia Agudelo, & Jonathan Romm: Facilitating generative emergence within large-scale networks
  • Mehdi Mozuni & Wolfgang Jonas: A Morphological Analysis tool for complex future-oriented scenarios
  • Joshua Bloom & Ahmed Ansari: Time and Transition
  • Jeremy Bowes & Peter Jones: Synthesis Maps: Systemic Design pedagogy, narrative, and intervention
  • Tim Tompson: Visualising project actor-networks with oral histories
  • David McKenzie, Darwin Muljono & Elizabeth B.-N. Sanders:  Collective dreaming in a virtual world: The first step
  • Thomas Wendt: Arational Design

Design for Sustainability and Flourishing

  • Swayang Das, Beda Prakash Das, Sushant Arya & Praveen Nahar: Democratizing Social Innovation: Establishing the platform of Internet of Things in India through Systemic design Thinking and Design
  • John Cassel: Permaculture Assessment: Finding reliable processes for assembling closed resource cycles and effective energy pathways
  • Joanna Boehnert: Mapping controversy in environmental communication
  • Sarah Tranum: Case Study: Using a systems design model to bring clean water to rural and slum communities in India

Design of Future Systems

  • Kimberley Peter & Michael Schaus: Understanding Bitcoin currency and Blockchain technology as a media system
  • Eleonora Fiore: Ethical challenges of the Internet of Things in the household environment
  • Carlos Teixeira & Laura Forlano: Digital manufacturing and the future of innovation systems in Chicago

System and Service Design

  • Eunki Chung: Designing Service Entanglements: Towards stakeholder-centered perspectives in design
  • Nourhan Hegazy, Prateeksha Singh, Christina Doyle & Caralyn Quan: Made-In-Canada system ecology: Towards a more sustainable garment industry
  • Perin Ruttonsha: Form follows meaning, meaning follows form: Surrendering the innocence of design

Design for Complexity

  • Evan Barba, Yasir Majeed and Christopher Miller: Hierarchy-in-flux: Co-evolving a distributed user interface for orbiting robots
  • Greg vanAlstyne & Robert Logan: Designing for Emergence : Integrating systems and design
  • Sine Celik, Jo Van Engelen, Han Brezet, Peter Joore & Linda Wauben: Managing Creativity: Oxymoron or necessity?
  • Eloise Taysom & Nathan Crilly: Resilience in sociotechnical systems: Studying stakeholder perspectives across different levels and different domains

Design for Human-Centred Settlement

  • Ben Sweeting: The ethics of ethics and the ethics of architecture
  • Marie Davidova: Socio-environmental relations of non-discrete spaces and architectures
  • Robert Mitchell & Jeremy Bowes: Building the capacity of the built environment: The alternate city



  1. Toward A (Social) Science of Settlement. Place-Based Ideologies and Part II: A Dwelling Perspective   Perin Ruttonsha, University of Waterloo
  2. The role of systemic design in highly politicized economic and societal issues arising from disruptive new technologies and business models 
    Jerry Koh, Claire Bure & Zayna Khayat, MaRS Solutions Lab
  3. Systemic Design for UX    Evan Barba, Georgetown University
  4. Feeding Future Narratives: Building Empathy with Food through Systemic Design    Nourhan Hegazy & Prateeksha Singh, OCAD University
  5. Design X: Sketching Some Future Paths for Design Professionals    Susu Nousala, David Ing, Peter Jones
  6. Participatory Stakeholder Engagement Approaches in Healthcare    Goran Matic and Ana Matic, OCAD University
  7. Innovation Project Challenge   Greg Judelman, The Moment
  8. Gigamapping Workshop     Birger Sevaldson & Marie Davidova, Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Czech Technical University
  9. Designing Resilient Urban Food Systems    Zachary Kaiser, Stephanie White, Richter, Michigan State University
  10. Designing the Invisible – A Practitioner Dialogue    Josina Vink, Tai Huynh, Meagan Durlak, & Leslie Ruckman
  11. Self-managing the System of Healthcare    Russell Gundry, UK NHS, Philip & Finch
  12. Conceptual Action Sociometry for Spatial Meaning-Making around Soft Systems    Stephen Sillett, ADCID
  13. Getting to an Abundance Mindset in Healthcare Food Service    Hayley Lapalme, Nourish

Posters and Gigamaps

  1. Types of Systemic Relations     Birger Sevaldson, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  2. CanImpact Synthesis Maps for Primary Care Cancer Research   Peter Jones,  Smriti Shakdher, Prateeksha Singh    OCAD University
  3. SystemViz Codex     Peter Stoyko, Elanica
  4. Understanding Bitcoin Currency and Blockchain Technology as a Media System    Kimberley Peter and Michael Schaus, OCAD U
  5. Intelligent Ecosystem Open-Pit Mining GIGAMap    Petri Tanninen, MDes, Adriaan Davidse, PhD, and Deloitte
  6. Socio-Environmental Relations of Non-Discrete Spaces and Architectures: Systemic Approach to Performative Wood    Marie Davidova
  7. System Insights from ‘WellAhead’   Paul McArthur, Jerry Koh, Vani Jain and Mali Bain
  8. Complexity and Design of Management Systems   Czeslaw Mesjasz, Katarzyna Bartusik, Tomasz Malkus, Krzysztof Woźniak and Mariusz Soltysik, Krakow University of Economics, Poland
  9. Systemic Design Toolkit   Kristel Van Ael, Philippe Vandenbroeck, Annelies Thoelen and Peter Bertels, Namahn
  10. The Fabric of Social Seva   Alisha Nisar, Bhaskarjyoti Das and Ramanuj Nanhoriya,  Guided by Praveen Nahar, National Institute of Design
  11. Crime and Punishment    Ira Sharma, Janina Sick, Neha Thawali and Deepesh Pancholi,  Guided by Praveen Nahar, National Institute of Design
  12. shhh! sex    Ishaan Dass, Kalyani Tupkary, Rucha Joshi and Srayana Sanyal,  Guided by Praveen Nahar, National Institute of Design
  13. Analyzing Tools for Facilitation through the HEC Design Lens     Manuela Aguirre, Natalia Agudelo, Jonathan Romm Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Photographs of RSD5 (by George Wang and Roberto Andrade Selibe) are curated in the proceedings. All photographs taken of RSD5 are available on the RSD Symposium Flickr site.

Editorial Process

The Systemic Design Research Network (SDRN) continues to maintain the planning team of the RSD symposia established  organized as a collaborative research group shared between AHO and OCAD University and independent researchers.  SDRN maintains a collaborative research group hosted at OCADU’s Strategic Innovation Lab, which provides major support for the group and proceedings.

Proceedings are the result of a dialogue and discursive process within the community of practice, and while it follows peer review within an extended reviewer panel, it differs from the traditional scientific publication process. The process contains five steps, creating long term engagement, a low entry threshold, and a high level of final output:

1) the submission and peer reviewing of abstracts,
2) the presentations and dialogues at the RSD symposium,
3) the post-production and submission of a working papers,
4) the publication of the symposium proceedings with SDRN as publisher
5) the publication of selected fully developed and peer reviewed scientific papers in an external publishing channel.
This process has been used consistently in RSD and for an annual special issue of the design research journal FORMakademisk.  RSD has contributed to several other peer-reviewed journals and publications.

The RSD5 proceedings provide final papers, presentations and live sketchnotes, as well as a proceedings citation for GIGAmaps and posters. Proceedings papers were developed and submitted after the symposium by most authors, following the evolutionary mode of RSD publication. Special thanks to Patricia Kambitsch, Pupul Bisht, and Maggie Greyson for the live sketchnotes. Thanks to Skyler Perkins and Macy Siu for proceedings publication development.