SOD is open source

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From a workshop with design professionals in Tallin 2013


SOD is open source

Updated 17th march 2016

From the very beginning in 2007, the techniques and methodology of SOD were never thought to be precise descriptions for defined processes. In contrary, we emphasize that each process needs its own variation of the process. Process design is an integrated part of a SOD project. In that sense SOD is a "Methodology without Method".

Another aspect of this is that the research into SOD has always been shared in the academic context of the design research communit for others to build on.

What is different by announcing SOD as "open source" is that we actively declare this inherent nature of SOD and encourage others to participate in the development.

As an open sourced methodology, you are welcome to use any part of it and change it in any way you want. We ask you to respect the following:
Please make a reference to the SOD page with a “based on SOD” note.


Please respect the “kernel” of SOD.


If you find that your project is not anymore covered by the Kernel library of SOD please stop referencing to SOD.


The Kernel of SOD
The kernel of SOD represents the core values and perspectives that determine if a project can be seen as an SOD project. These are guidelines by us but we will not police these guidelines in any way. We ask you to consider them and respect the kernel of SOD.

If your project corresponds to all or most of the kernel parameter, we welcome you to reference it as an SOD project and we would appreciate that you send us a reference to the project or even material to publish on the website.

If the project does not correspond to most of the kernel parameters, we kindly ask you to not refer to the project as an SOD project. If the project is within the field of systems thinking in design we suggest that you refer to the project as a Systemic Design project. If your project is mostly on the systems side and does not contain an important element of designerly approaches, design thinking and design practice, we suggest you refer to the project as a systems engineering project, a systemic development project or similar.

The kernel of SOD is characterized by the following:

1) Designerly way of understanding and creating systems
2) The use of central SOD techniques, amongst them Gigamapping
3) Addressing complex problems independent on scale.
4) Responsibility for intended and unintended consequences of the design
5) Participatory processes with stakeholders, experts and all relevant organizations and individuals.
6) Ethical considerations. SOD is about improving things.


To be regarded a SOD project your project should check out on all or most of the points mentioned above.
Besides that we encourage you to help us developing SOD.