RSD9 Program Guide

A week-long symposium dedicated to systemic design.

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Here’s a quick guide to some of the questions you may have.

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What are the RSD9 subthemes?

  1. Ecological and circular economies, flourishing society
  2. Health and Healthy Society
  3. Methodology, philosophy and theory of systemic design
  4. Design for sustainable ecology
  5. Co-design for equity, collectivism, and citizen movements

How many sessions are there?

Number of talks = 49
Number of tracks = 10
Number of keynotes = 3
Number of plenaries = 6
Number of workshops = 16
Number of Gigamaps = 28

How will the plenary sessions be run?

Although there might be more than one speaker, plenaries are presented as a comprehensive session. They are moderated and have time for questions and comments.

Plenary sessions include RSD9's three keynote speakers and four long-form presentations. Speakers will present live from 5:30 to 6:30 PM (17:30 to 18:30), Monday to Friday.

Note that there is a special opening session on Monday, October 12 at 5:00 PM (17:00) IST. The SDA closing session is Friday, October 17 at 8:30 PM (20:30) IST.

All plenaries will include an opportunity for Q&A and comments. The session's moderator will take questions and comments via chat for the Q&A portion of these sessions. Participant cameras will be off and microphones muted.

What is the format for Talks?

Two parallel tracks run from 6:45 to 8:15 PM (18:45 to 20:15) IST, Monday to Friday. The Talks are parallel tracks so you do have to choose the track that interests you.

Each track features a group of themed abstracts that connect to the subtheme and each other. Authors will make a 10-minute presentation at the start. The authors will then constitute a panel for further discussion, moderated by a volunteer with specific research focus or expertise in the subtheme or topics covered in the session.

The session's moderator will take questions and comments via chat for the Q&A segment. Comments are ideas are encouraged! They will be shared with the authors as feedback for their papers. Participant cameras will be off and microphones muted.

Small group breakout sessions will be offered after the session, beginning at 8:30 PM (20:30) IST. These sessions are author-led and will be added to the program based on the author's availability.

Note that the breakout sessions on Friday, October 17 will follow the closing plenary.

Will there be an opportunity to talk with the author?

If an author is available to host a break-out session, a smaller group session will be offered immediately after the Talk. Break-outs will be held 15-minutes after the Talk (the session in which they presented their work). Time: 8:30 to 9:30 PM (20:30 to 21:30) IST. Participant cameras will be on for these sessions, and participants will control their microphones.

When are the workshops happening?

NID is offering workshop times to accommodate a broader band of timezones and has established a workshop schedule on Friday, the weekend before (October 9, 10&11) and the weekend after (October 17). Some workshops might also take place weekday mornings, especially when the facilitator wants to schedule for a specific regional audience.

Are session recordings going to be available?

Yes, all Talks and Plenary Sessions are recorded and will be posted as part of the proceedings. 

Workshops and breakout sessions are not to be publicly available. If they are recorded, this is for the facilitator or author only. Permission will be asked, and the recording will be announced.

How are different time zones being handled?

The RSD9 team have set program hours to make the symposium available during sociable hours of the day across the majority of time zones. Priority has been placed on IST (UTC-5.5) as NID is responsible for hosting and must be able to recruit speakers and volunteers during core programming.

Unfortunately, core programming times fall outside sociable hours for people in regions such as the Philippines and China, Australia, and the west coast of North America. The NID team is making specific efforts to hold sessions at these times, especially in the case of authors, workshop hosts, and exhibited creators connected to these regions.

Are there any unstructured activities?

NID is organizing pop-up sessions from 9:30 to 10:00 PM (21:30 to 22:00) IST. These sessions are dedicated to mindfulness and playfulness and introducing an experience connected to NID and Indian culture. The schedule of these sessions is not finalised and will be included in each day's agenda (on the homepage of the website) as they are confirmed.

What time is IST is for me?

In addition to a basic Google search, the Interactive Time Zone Map is a useful tool for checking times in your region.

The Timetable has some timezones and links to a timezone converter on the second tab.

What are the RSD9 social media links?

Hashtag #RSD9

Facebook RSD9 Symposium

Instagram RSD9Symposium

Linkedin  Systemic Design Group

Twitter @RSDSymposium