Systemic design brings social-centered design to complex, multi-stakeholder service systems (Learning for Sustainability, 2016).
Systemic design is an approach that integrates systems thinking and human-centred, and social-centred design in response to highly complex social, economic and environmental problems. Systemic design is a living framework to use the two schools of thinking and suites of multidisciplinary methods together.
Systems thinking is often seen as complimentary or pre-cursor approaches for design, providing scope and focus. Increased complexity in our worlds, like globalization, climate change, exponential technology, have made it very challenging for designers. Systems thinking can provide the scaffoldings to help designers design responsibly for positive impact, and avoid unintended consequences.
Systemic design enables us to make sense of more complexity & more perspectives, faster.
Drawing by Yunsun Chung, RSD4.
Systems thinking and design thinking are complementary.
Systemic Design provides a framework to integrate systems thinking and design. Source: Systemic Design Toolkit (2018) https://www.systemicdesigntoolkit.org/methodology last accessed 2019-09-04