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Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021

12:00 — 2:00 pm





How can we design for networks of human and non-human actors?

Join the Center for Design (CfD) at the Design Research Society (DRS) Festival of Emergence for a continued conversation about addressing the complexity of global challenges through meta-design and system thinking.  This Moment will take the form of an open conversation between invited panelists and a moderator, as well as engaging the participants.

The movement towards a new frame, status, and role for design in society – where system thinking and meta-design are central – is
not new. The ongoing pandemic and the concurrent acceleration of the digital transformation and the diffusion of AI-based and
data-intensive solutions increased the sense of urgency for re-framing/re-thinking/redesigning design in that perspective.  We want to waive – and build upon – the existing and ongoing conversations, initiatives, movements, networks, platforms, and works that aim at re-framing design through meta-design, systems thinking, and systemic design approaches, to kick-off a shared conversation and concerted actions.

The first gathering took place on July 15th for an informal conversation around the following questions:

  • Is Design too centered on humans? How to design for human and non-human actors?
  • What are the boundaries of a system in systemic design?
  • What is the role of proximity (locality?) in global systems?
  • What about diversity and plurality in systemic design?
  • How does meta-design relate to system thinking and systemic design?

The second gathering – the Moment we are proposing – will build on the July event to lead towards the definition of collaborative
actions (a meta-platform? a meta-manifesto?) to foster ongoing conversations on the future of design in society through the lenses of system thinking and meta-design.



If you are a CAMD student, faculty, or staff member please register for the Festival of Emergence by emailing Estefania Ciliotta at [email protected]. If you are not a CAMD student, faculty, or staff member please register by clicking the button below.


About the Design Research Society (DRS) Festival of Emergence

The DRS Festival of Emergence is envisioned as a new type of event. Not as formal as a conference, more interesting and unpredictable than a meeting, something which transcends timezones and geographies, allows people to ‘drop in’ when they fancy and is built upon novel, original, and experimental participant-generated content.