Systems Oriented Design

The designerly way to work with systems

The main mission of Systems Oriented Design is to build the designers own interpretation and implementation of systems thinking so that systems thinking can fully benefit from design thinking and practice and so that design thinking and practice can fully benefit from systems thinking.


Harold Nelson lecture


Here a video worth your time, from Harold Nelsons lecture at Stanford in 2010:

Designing Stuff: Lame gods in the service of Prosthetic Gods


SOD officially open source

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Today SOD became officially open source.

It has always been the intention that users of the methodology should be encouraged to tweak and invent and make their own versions. Now this policy is made clearer by announcing SOD as open source. This also helped to initiate a work to clarify the kernel of SOD.

This is also a standing invitation to contribute to our work.

Read more here


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Systemic Design for Social Complexity

Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) Symposium
OCAD University      Toronto, Canada      October 13-15, 2016

The event is announced on

There you will also find the proceedings including videos from keynotes from our former RSD symposia.
The relating Systems Thinking and Design symposia were started at AHO in 12012 as part of the S.O.D. teaching program. Since then it developed to a substantial international event. Last year it was taking place in Banff, Alberta, CA.
The Call for Abstracts will be out very soon.
Please read this news to interested colleagues and friends.


Harold Nelsons Nierenberg Lecture


See Harold Nelsons Nierenberg lecture from 2009 now published on youtube. 

Edmonton Action Lab Government Workshop



 Workshop at the newly opened Action Lab with the government of Alberta in Edmonton, on my way home from RSD4. With Alex Ryan, Jess Mullan, Peter Jones, Mugendi M'Rithaa and the folks from Inward Forward. A most pleasant experience! Thanks to all the enthusiastic people from the Alberta Government. You are in front! I hope that the Norwegian government gets the chance to learn from you and the Systemic Design Group in Edmonton.


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 I broke my record in having my shortest ever Gigamapping workshop, two times half an hour.

Three groups and astonishing self organized dialogue and mapping. One of the most responsive mature and active groups i ever had!

The three groups three final Gigamaps took 30 minutes:

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