RSD9 Symposium



In our myopic race towards progress, humans have forgotten the interdependent web of life, putting the entire planet and its living beings deeper into issues of climate change, food scarcity, financial instability, energy shortages and resource unavailability. It is only through the lens of systemic thinking, with an understanding of the relational nature of action on any scale being resonated at all levels, that we can meaningfully resolve these issues. We believe that a design approach is the most effective way to organize creative thinking responses to systemic action. In RSD9 we shift our focus to a holistic design approach to human services and revisit our ‘ways of understanding’ to synchronize nature’s dynamic balance and our well-being.

The National Institute of Design is located in Ahmedabad, India.

Call for abstracts and workshops is now closed.

The Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium series started at AHO in Oslo in 2012.  The series has the intention to promote and foster the emerging practices and theory development for systemic design for service systems, social systems, policy development and complex contexts. RSD has been held in Europe and North America, in Oslo, Banff, Toronto, Torino, and Chicago. In 2020, RSD will be held at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.

The RSD conferences are organized by the local hosts with the sanction, guidance and assistance of the Systemic Design Association (SDA) a democratic membership organisation registered in Norway. Become a member of the SDA >.