The RSD Symposium has been the inspiration and first launch site for a number of practice tools and toolkits that enable and accelerate systems methods for advanced design. The featured resources on this page are uniquely associated with their launch or development at RSD symposia, and have continued in development for research, teaching and training. Most of these tools are first presented at a symposium, as a way to share and gain feedback from the home community of practice. Contact the SDA if you would like to post or share a tool (or research frameworks) in development that has not yet been published.
The Systemic Design Toolkit was designed by Kristel Van Ael (Namahn) and developed by an SDA team for public and training versions of the toolkit. The Toolkit is a collection of over 40 canvases assigned to design actions in a 7-stage co-creation methodology to engage organisational and societal complexity. Kristel and Peter Jones are publishing a handbook using the Toolkit in early 2022.
SystemViz explores how visuals can enhance systems thinking, especially as it relates to inter-disciplinary, collaborative design. Findings are expressed as visual codexes and other applied tools.
Gigamapping is a systems-oriented design technique that uses super-extensive mapping across multiple layers and scales to construct a rich picture of real-life complexity. Gigamaps are system maps that both facilitate the early stages of a complex design inquiry and provide final form artifacts for reflection or implementation for social and technical systems.