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A Worldwide Community of Advanced Practitioners

Systemic design integrates systems thinking and theory with advanced design methods in an evolving interdisciplinary field to effect anticipatory change in complex social, sociotechnical, and policy systems. The Systemic Design Association (SDA) has grown through the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD) symposia to become the home community for serious scholars and educators in design systemics.

Ours is a worldwide community of advanced practitioners leading pragmatic approaches to systems-oriented design for complex organizational and systems change programs. We invite you to join us to contribute to this fusion of futuring disciplines.


The SDA was founded on 23 October 2018 as a not-for-profit association, registered in Norway. The SDA charter and organization were formulated in the founding meeting at Politecnico Torino, to formalize the creation of a membership society associated with the RSD community. SDA is led by former RSD chairs and scientific committee members and is established to facilitate the emerging systemic design practice and the research community represented by the RSD symposium.

Formerly known as the Systemic Design Research Network, SDA is a cooperative educational group founded in 2012 with the following aims.

  • To advance the practice of systemic design as an integrated discipline of systems thinking and systems-oriented design
  • To convene an annual international symposium, Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD)
  • To advance the knowledge, theory, and publications in the domains of systemic/systems-oriented design and industrial and social systems design methods in systems practices.

Annual Dues

General: 60 EUR
Students: 30 EUR
Institutional: Please contact SDA


Birger Sevaldson and Peter Jones


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Don't forget: The Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium is November 3-6, 2021.