RSD4 Symposium: Relating Systems Thinking and Design 4 Symposium

Full Program

Banff Centre , Banff, Alberta, Canada
Sept 1-3, 2015

Register today – we recommend staying at the Banff Centre

Join us in accelerating the convergence of design, social, and technology fields toward co-creating humanized systems. We invite participants, presenters and students from across practices, disciplines and design fields to register for the RSD4  Symposium, Banff, Canada, September 1-3, 2015.

The RSD series has advanced an agenda for a strong integration between systems thinking and design to take on the most important challenges facing our planet today. The theme of this year’s symposium is At the Frontiers of Systemic Design.

Hosted for the first time in North America, with sponsorship from the Government of Alberta, we are reaching out to new audiences while maintaining the ethos of a small and intimate lightweight symposium.

To celebrate the interplay between theory and practice, each day of the symposium iterates between peer-reviewed talks and collaborative workshops that build skills and take on real world challenges enabled by systemic design approaches.

The full program for the 3 day symposium is now posted.

We have confirmed 5 extraordinary keynote speakers over the three day event: 

  • Mugendi M’Rithaa, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. South Africa
  • Don Norman, University of California, San Diego, US
  • Lia Patrício, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Ann Pendleton-Jullian, The Ohio State University and Georgetown University, US
  • Ursula Tischner, Agency for Sustainable Design, Cologne, Germany

Registration for the 3 day event costs CAD $240, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. There is an optional symposium dinner for an additional CAD $60. The Banff Centre provides for a limited number of reserved accommodations onsite. Other hotel options and travel details are provided on our Venue – Traveler Tips page. We encourage early registration as both onsite accommodation and symposium tickets will sell out fast!

We look forward to being with you in September.

The RSD4 Organizing Committee

Alex, Birger, Peter, Jodi, and our growing team of support

This year we have a few OCADU participants – Hayley Lapalme’s case study was accepted, and John Cassel and Josina Vink return again this year. Next year RSD5 will be here at OCADU, and we’ll be looking for your support and projects!