May 9 (the second Monday of the month) was the 100th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration was on Eventbrite at https://intention-attention.eventbrite.ca .
Intention or Attention? Humbling Design through ‘Systems Changes Learning’
Systems Changes Learning (SCL) is a body of work that offers an updated way of thinking about and responding to change. The three premises of SCL dramatically reposition how we look and understand changes: as rhythms over time that might shift, in accord with the natures of the systems involved.
What could we learn from mapping the SCL premises to designing? This presentation will explore the potential influence that Systems Changes Learning could have on designing and designers, in philosophies, in methods, and in practices.
As a core member of the SCL Circle, Zaid will extend the framing of “humility” - from his Major Research Project “Responding to Complexity with Humility” (2020) - as a lens through which to examine and explore new modes of designing.
An overarching theme that Zaid examines critically is designing with a bias-towards-(intended)-action, as compared to SCL’s bias-towards-attention. Rather than presuming “interventions” pursuing an idealized end, Zaid wonders what designing would be like if attention was drawn to the nature of rhythmic shifts over time. Could we recontextualize the role and value of designers with our communities by "humbling designing", or "designing with humility"? Taken even further, could this recasting of designing offer opportunities to reconnect the humble features of mainstream philosophies, or perhaps spiritual traditions with designing?
In parallel with the SCL pursuit of critically rethinking systems thinking, is there an opportunity to rethink designing?
Zaid Khan is a Research Communications Strategist with the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto. In 2020, he graduated with a Master of Design degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCADU. Previously, he was in the creative advertising world, as a Strategic Planner with Leo Burnett Canada.
The link for a Zoom conference will be sent upon preregistration.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic OCADU, sLab (Strategic Innovation Lab), 205 Richmond Street West, Room 410 is not available!
David Ing, "Systems Thinking through Changes", Canadian Digital Service , in collaboration with Code for Canada, March 4, 2022 at https://coevolving.com/commons/20220304-systems-thinking-through-changes
Zaid Khan, "Strategic Communications", Systems Thinking Ontario, September 14, 2020 at https://wiki.st-on.org/2020-09-14 .
Zaid Khan, "Responding to Complexity with Humility: A Systems-oriented Approach to Strategic Communication" (Major Research Project), OCAD University, September 2020 at http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3115/ .
Peter Jones and Ryan Murphy, "Redesigning Our Theories of Theories of Change", Systems Thinking Ontario, November 9, 2020 at https://wiki.st-on.org/2020-11-09 .
Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.