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Language patterns of systemic design: Designing with dialogue

Jones, Peter (2013) Language patterns of systemic design: Designing with dialogue. In: Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2013 Symposium Proceedings, 9-11 Oct 2013, Oslo, Norway.


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An interactive experience of dialogic design to explore a complex challenge, developing participant contributions from framing to findings, creating a systemic design map of the challenge and initial interventions. Dialogic design is a social systems design methodology based on systems sciences and grounded in the reality of strategic practice, supported by more than 3 decades of development and research.

Jones Language workshop AHOBased on both systems thinking and group behavioral principles, a series of inquiries are engaged to evolve learning and insight into a challenge. Based on Churchman’s inquiring systems, a series of language patterns are selected to navigate the variety of perspectives in the problem field. Collaborative influence mapping represents dialogue outcomes as a hierarchy of possible leverage points. Visual reflection brings design options created by the group to life in an initial systemic design. A final mapping process relates dialogue content, participant values and proposed strategic pathways through the network.

Participants defined the framing and question, generating ideas related to systems thinking and design, and clarifying perspectives in dialogue and visual mapping. The following sketchnote suggests the outcome of the workshop, along with photos of the experience.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Other)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 08:44
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2187

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