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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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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A Cautious Prometheus

 I recently was guided to Bruno Latour’s lecture from 2008: A Cautious Prometheus. The lecture is a brilliant description of design, its increased importance and saturation into the world, its promises and advantages and an interesting argument how it is in opposition to modernism.

Though he does not mention systems at all there are many things that resonate. His notion of “Thing” as a grouping of things objects meanings materiality and symbols and the need to get at grasp with this. The notion of the cautious Prometheus resonates with our credo to be both humble and brave. And in the end he asks for a way to draw the complexity of the thing and he states that the lack of such a way of drawing is the biggest obstacle. It resonates to our attempts of developing gigamapping.

Read the speach here:

Systemic Design the Indian way

When generating the list of Gigamapping projects found on the net I came across this one. It is Systemic Design the Indian way, made by students of NID taught by Professor Praveen Nahar. I always found these projects top quality and very interesting. Click the image to see more.

Make sure to investigate the many versions and iterations and the different suggestions. The project is very energetic!




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