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A Systemic Design Repository since 2012

RSD Symposium proceedings have been published since RSD2 (2013). The entire corpus of articles, presentation decks, sketchnotes and videos can be searched and filtered on They are published under a common ISSN and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.



Rivers of Conversations

RSD13 invites you to consider systemic design’s emerging features in the context of knowledge perspectives, praxeologies, and lived experience during an eight-day event. (2024)

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Entangled in Emergence

The entanglements—natural, technological, political and foundational—situate systemic design and designers within interconnected questions, patterns, and impacts. (2023)

Possibilities and practices

Systemic challenges facing designers and the situations they seek to change (2022)

Playing with Tensions

Embracing new complexity, collaboration and contexts in systemic design (2021)

Systemic Design for Well-being

From human to humane (2020)

Systems Change

Design for governance (2019)

Challenging Complexity

Systemic design towards sustainability (2018)

Environment, Economy, Democracy

Flourishing together (2017)


Relating systems thinking and design seminar (2011)

Annual Symposium



The RSD symposia have produced a series of publications as proceedings and journal articles beginning with RSD2 in 2013.  Each symposium draws new studies, theoretical work and practices from across many disciplines contributing to complex design issues, social systems and complex policy, socioecological sustainability, critical cultural and development perspectives, and emerging practices and methodology. The first RSD Symposium was held in 2012 as a two-day seminar organized by Birger Sevaldson and Marit Helgesen at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Since then, a symposium has been held each year, hosted in by universities in different countries: Norway, Canada, India, Italy, Norway, the UK, and the US. A scientific review committee for each RSD symposium is organized by the co-chairs of each conference, with continuity across symposia and publications provided by past chairs and SDA board members. Over 950 symposia presentations and papers are available on—a robust, searchable repository for leading thinking on systemic design.


The Systemic Design Association will send you quarterly updates on systemic design and activities in the SDA network. During the annual Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD) Symposium timeframe SDA will send brief updates related to RSD keynotes, papers, and workshops.

RSD11 event updates, program content, and proceedings are posted on