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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The role of systemic design in informing equitable and sustainable choices increasingly demands that designers re-orient toward “design and…”. Together, we’ll explore real-world contexts where organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, policymaking, and design are already colliding, as well as new tools and methodologies to evolve our individual and collective points of view about leadership and the transformative practices—and challenges—of large-scale collaboration.

Well-being, be it of the planet or our bodies or of surroundings forms the core of meaningful existence. Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity, including good mental health, life satisfaction, being socially connected and a sense of purpose. Being humane is to be marked by compassion and empathy not only for humans but the surroundings. Moreover, the well-being of our bodies, surroundings and larger planets are all interconnected.

In our myopic race towards progress humans have forgotten this interdependent aspect of the world, putting the entire planet and its 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, can resolving of these issues be meaningful. We can with shifting our focus to a holistic human service approach and revisiting our ‘ways of understanding’ synchronise nature’s dynamic balance and our well-being.

More details about this conference will be published soon.

RSD: Relating Systems Thinking and Design, is a series of conferences, started in Oslo 2012. The conferences are for both academics and professionals. To read more about the former conferences go to


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