SOD CORE

SOD is open source

Dec 2021 | About SOD, SOD Foundations

The Core of SOD

Open Source Guidelines and Checklist

From the very beginning, the techniques and methodology of systems oriented design (SOD) were never thought to be precise descriptions of defined processes. On the contrary, each project or systemic intervention needs its own variation of the process. Each situation is slightly unique and demands a rethinking and adjustment of the process. Process design is an integrated part of a SOD project. In that sense, SOD is a ‘methodology without a method’. Another aspect of this is that the research on SOD has always been shared in the academic context of the design research community. Announcing SOD as open source actively declares this inherent nature of SOD and encourages others to participate in its development.

As an open-sourced methodology, anyone is welcome to use any part of the methodology and change it in any way. As you think about ways to change SOD, we ask you to respect the following:

  • Please make a reference to this website with a “based on SOD” note.
  • Please respect the core of SOD.
  • If you find that your project is not covered anymore by the core of SOD, then please stop referencing SOD.

Guidelines

The core of SOD represents the core values and perspectives that determine if a project can be seen as a SOD project. These are guidelines that were made by us, but we will not police these guidelines in any way. Please consider them and respect the core of SOD.

If your project corresponds to all or most of the core parameters, you are welcomed to reference it as a SOD project, and we would appreciate it if you send us a reference to the project and material to publish on this website.

  • If the project does not correspond to most of the core parameters, we kindly ask you not to refer to the project as a 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 design, design thinking and design practice, we suggest you refer to the project as a systems engineering project, a systemic development project or something similar.

To be regarded as a SOD project your project should be able to check off all or most of the points below.

  • Practicing a designerly way of understanding and creating systems

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Applying central SOD techniques, amongst them gigamapping

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Addressing complex problems using multiple perspectives

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Emphasising relations and interconnections

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Understanding soft as well as hard system approaches

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Applying the four views: Bird – Frog, Telescope - Microscope

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Working with problem fields, problem-networks, and situations rather than singular problems

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Taking responsibility for intended and unintended consequences of the design

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Representing affected bystanders as well as non-human actors

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems

  • Facilitating participatory processes with stakeholders, experts and all relevant organizations and individuals.

    Practicing a Designerly way of understanding and creating systems