Systems Oriented Design / Systemorientert Design (NO)

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.



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RSD6 keynotes and registration

RSD6 All keynotes

Lucy Kimbell             John Ehrenfeld          Tochiko Mori             Richard Buchanan   Sabine Junginger        Karl Otto Ellefsen


Relating Systems Thinking and Design 6 (RSD6)

Environment, Economy, Democracy: Flourishing Together

Oslo 18th – 20th October 2017

Dear friends

I am very happy to announce the six RSD6 keynote speakers. We in the organizing committee are proud that we have again managed to bring together some remarkable speakers for our conference.

Please see the speakers here:

We have also opened the registration starting with the offer of an early  bird ticket at 130 EUR. These tickets are limited to 50. You find the registration and additional offers for student tickets here:

Read more and see proceedings from former RSDs go to

On behalf of the organizing committee:

Silvia Barbero, Espen Hauglin, Michael Hensel, Jodi Forlizzi, Peter Jones, Harold Nelson, Janne Reitan, Alex Ryan.

Birger Sevaldson


Oslo School of Architecture and Design




Relating Systems Thinking and Design 6

Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)     Oslo, Norway    October 18-20, 2017

Following two years in Canada, join us this year in Oslo as RSD returns to its home location for the RSD6 Symposium.  The call for participation for the symposium is now open and we look forward to contributions (research, practice cases, design artifacts, new business models) that enable our research and practice communities to learn and collaborate toward purposeful outcomes.

Environment, Economy, Democracy: Flourishing Together

Our theme this year encompasses the contexts for flourishing in democratic societies, and exploring the opportunities for systemic design in:

  • Democratic participation and policy innovation
  • Strongly sustainable business innovation
  • Flourishing communities
  • Design of architectures, settlements and built environments

We invite contributions to systemic design for:

  • Social impact in flourishing and change programs
  • Health and population wellness
  • Ecological design and bioregion development
  • Human-scaled and regional economies
  • Sociotechnical and technological systems
  • Other themes in Systemic Design

Call for Abstracts   Deadline April 15th, unrestricted format, extended abstract between 500 to 1000 words.

RSD5 Proceedings are now available online and available for review and download.

Join us by submitting an abstract or register. The registration system will open soon.

Images from RSD5 Gigamapping workshop

Here are some images from our Gigamapping Workshop 13th October at RSD5 in Toronto


Great start at RSD5

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Great opening of the RSD5 Symposium in Toronto OCADU and MaRS Center with Paul Pangero, Alex Christakis, Maria Kakoulaki as keynote speakers.


Yesterday Marie Davidova and I facilitated a Gigamapping workshop with about 30 participants. 

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Design for Democracy

Tønsberg boat tripp

This autumn we started our first Design for Democracy course!

We (or let us say the students) are well on their way after a week of boot camp in Tønsberg, a small town south of Oslo. The municipality of Tønsberg is our main partner and the aim of the project is to develop better deliberative processes in the context of city planning.

The boot camp also contained a boat trip when moving the boat to the center to function as living quarters for some of the students. Bonding and socializing is part of a living democracy based on dialogue.

To see the course description follow this link >>>>>

And yes, we intend to do more and something much bigger in that direction in the future. Stay tuned...


Design for democracy is nothing new: To get a wonderful intro watch this lecture by Victor Margolin


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