RSD9 Workshops

16 workshops, hosted online from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Thailand, UK, and USA.

Circularity as Unifying Concept in Systemic Design for Sustainability?

WORKSHOP: Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Tobias Luthe, Angel Lamar, Birger Sevaldson, Tine Hegli, Marianne Storen Berg, and Peter Hemmersam, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Futures Design, Language and Systems – Towards languaging pluriversal futures

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Palak Dudani and Andrew Morrison, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Mapping the Political Economy of Design

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Joanna Boehnert and Simon Downs, Loughborough University

Power Tools for Collaborative Modelling of Socioeco-Sustainment

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Nicole Norris, Maya Hoveskog, Francesca Ostuzzi, Peter Jones, and Antony Upward

Virtual-Real MOOCS: Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Tobias Luthe, Birger Sevaldson, Silvia Barbero, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer and Justyna Swat

Practicing the Worlds We Want: Prefigurative design for revolutionary transformation

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 7:30 PM IST. Facilitators: Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell from Superorganism

Hearth, Home and Well-being

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Sucharita Beniwal & Swagata Naidu, National Institute of Design

The Hippie Movement Discussed as Systemic Change

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitator: Birger Sevaldson, Oslo School of Design

Leveraging Tensions in Systemic Design

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Jan-Carel Diehl, Ella Jamsin, Jotte de Koning, Rebecca Price and Nynke Tromp, Delft University of Technology

Bringing Systemic Design to Communities with the Circular Design Lab

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Chris Oestereich & Courtney Savie Lawrence, Circular Design Lab

Introducing and Testing a Systemic Design Practice Framework

WORKSHOP: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 5:30 am IST/10:00 AM AEST. Facilitator: Emma Blomkamp. Limited to 25 participants

Reordering our Priorities through Systems Change Learning

WORKSHOP: Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Zaid Khan, David Ing, Dan Eng, Kelly Okamuara, and Zemina Meghji

Control vs. Care: Frameworks for Systems Redesign During COVID-19

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Jonathan Healey and Sydney M. Luken

Intervening in Power Dynamics: Introducing a new tool for talking about, analyzing, and shifting power

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 8:00 PM IST/9:30 AM CST. Facilitators: Lyndon Valicenti and Rae Perez, Daylight

Kogui’s Systemic Thinking for Sustainable Design of Habitats in Colombia and Worldwide

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Eduardo Mazuera & Laura Niño Caceres.

What Does Belonging Mean? A framing and network approach to tackle loneliness among students

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Eva Legemaate, Marie Van den Bergh, and Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Delft University of Technology. Maximum of 15 participants

Intervening in Power Dynamics: Introducing a new tool for talking about, analyzing, and shifting power

Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 8:00 PM (20:00) IST/9:30 AM CST

Facilitators: Lyndon Valicenti and Rae Perez, Daylight
Country: USA
2-hour online workshop

This is a virtual workshop setting using a Miro dashboard.

Background

Systems change on our most complex and challenging issues — from racial inequity to homelessness, to climate change — requires that we “design deeply, disruptively, collaboratively, and hopefully to shift power, purpose, resources, and relationships,” as Jennie Winhall of The Point People and ALT/NOW Group so eloquently states. This, we believe, represents the highest potential and greatest need of the 21st-century design practice. Putting a finer point on it, cyberneticist Paul Pangaro stated at RSD5, “the heart of the design practice is designing conversations.”

In our view, shaped by years of practicing systemic design in the social impact sector, conversations about power are the most transformative, yet also the most difficult. Re-designing these conversations will be key to intervening in the most wicked of challenges.

By “power,” we are referring to both (1) decision-making power that reinforces or perpetuates the status quo, and (2) people power that can be mobilized to fight the status quo. We know that stayed power dynamics can prohibit progress on many of the issues that society faces. And while we often name power dynamics as forces maintaining the status quo, we rarely delve deeper to ask questions like:

  • How do we identify different forms of power?
  • How do we analyze it for patterns and flow?
  • How and when should we shift its distribution?
  • How do we make a strong case for examining power?
  • Who should be at the conversation table?
  • What should these difficult conversations look and feel like?

Tool

We have developed a practical tool for having critical conversations around analyzing and shifting power. This tool is to be used in contexts where there are asymmetrical power dynamics in the room, in order to have more open and explicit conversations about how different forms of power can be more equitably leveraged and shared across a collaborative project timeline.

Workshop

At RSD9, we are excited to introduce, test, and garner critical feedback on this tool with our systemic design peers. After a brief introduction to the theory and research on power that has informed the tool development, we will present the tool’s multidimensional components and invite breakout groups to apply the tool in practical, real-world scenarios. The workshop will culminate in a full group discussion on participants’ insights, takeaways, and feedback on the tool. All participants will get access to the tool, once it is further refined and published.

Workshop participants will leave with the following:

  • A working framework of how to think about power in your life and work.
  • A better understanding of how power dynamics show up in every project and context that systemic designers engage on.
  • Practical power mapping tools that can be immediately applied in their own work.
  • Experience using meditations and scripts for having more productive and explicit conversations around power dynamics.
  • Access to activities for more deeply reflecting on the power they each hold and considering new ways to grow, amplify, share, and wield that power.