See the photo set at https://www.flickr.com/photos/daviding/sets/72157642879813595/.
March 20 was the fourteenth meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration was on Eventbrite.
The location this time was the Auditorium, room 190 -- just down the hall from the Lambert Lounge where we usually meet.
Theme: Systems Thinking and Strategic Design
The emerging practice of systemic design (or system-oriented design) has been developed at OCAD University and Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) over the last several years. Strategic Foresight and Innovation students in the Systemic Design course have produced a number of large-scale system maps for representing innovations in complex social system problems, adapting AHO’s Gigamapping process. These are densely articulated rich pictures of systemic relationships in wicked problem domains, including urban ecologies, regional transportation, healthcare problem areas, and education. Gigamaps embody visual narratives of a social system and the value co-creation within it, including stakeholders, organizational structures, process dynamics, and unintended functions. Unlike the highly-abstract system models of system dynamics, or the process flows of service mapping, Gigamaps are a designed artifact encompassing the findings and concrete problems discovered in field research, synthesized as visual narratives that portray the functions of social system and the salient relationships in the problem area.
Birger Sevaldson, "GIGA-Mapping: Visualisation for Complexity and Systems Thinking Design", Nordic Design Research Conference, 2011.
- Abstract: Designers and design is facing ever growing
challenges from an increasingly complex world.
Making design matter means to cope with these
challenges and to be able to enter new important
design fields where design can play a crucial role.
To achieve this we need to become better at coping
with super-complexity. Systems Oriented Design is
a new version of systems thinking and systems
practice that is developed from within design
thinking and design practice. It is systems thinking
and systems practice tailored by and for designers.
It draws from designerly ways of dealing with
super-complexity derived from supreme existing
design practices as well as refers to established
perspectives in modern systems thinking, especially
Soft Systems Methodology, Critical Systems
Thinking and Systems Architecting. Further on it is
based on design skills like visual thinking and
visualisation in processes and for communication
purposes. Most central are the emerging techniques
of GIGA-mapping. GIGA-mapping is super
extensive mapping across multiple layers and
scales, investigating relations between seemingly
separated categories and so implementing boundary
critique to the conception and framing of systems.
In this paper we will present the concept of GIGA-mapping and systematize and exemplify its
- Download a PDF version of the article from the Nordic Design Conference 2011 at http://ocs.sfu.ca/nordes/index.php/nordes/2011/paper/view/409.
Participants should not feel limited to this suggested pre-reading, but should recognize that other attendees may have not read, or are reading differently, that article.
||Self-introductions (15 seconds each)
- Who am I?
- Which affiliations do I have that might be relevant to systems thinking?
- How did I come to systems thinking?
||Presentations: examples of GIGA-mapping
||Reflections on presentations
||Double loop learning: Revisions in meeting format?
- Walk to Baldwin Street (north on McCaul Street, 0.5 km, (the pattern has been for Hana Korea)
- Continue discussion over dinner and/or drinks.