San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
March 20 is the fourteenth meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario.
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 Gigamap 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.
See the suggested prereadings at http://wiki.st-on.org/2014-03-20 .
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David Ing is past-president (2011-2012) of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He resides in Toronto.