The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences welcomed Dr. Harold G. Nelson to the University of Idaho. Dr. Nelson is a leading thinker, a teacher and a compelling speaker on the subject of design, whose work has been called “The Rosetta Stone of Design.” This presentation, “Design in the 21st Century: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World” occurred at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 in the Administration Building Auditorium, Moscow Campus. Dr. Nelson is an architect, consultant and former Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2001, he served as president of the International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS). He co-authored the influential book The Design Way. Dr. Nelson excels in both physical and systems design. He’s the designer of several major architectural projects, including an iconic visitor center located in The San Gabriel National Monument near Los Angeles. He also designed and directed a graduate program in Whole Systems Design (WSD) which was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Best” programs in Organizational Development. Dr. Nelson has served as a consultant for a variety of organizations: non-profits and corporations, state and federal agencies including military organizations, international governments, and the United Nations. He continues to work as an educator, consultant, and researcher in the field of advanced systems design where he brings inquiry and systems science to the design of complex social systems.
PROSPECTUS Center for Advanced Systemic Designing Introduction Our futures can be approached in four ways: 1) drifting—adapting to whatever happens, 2) colliding—reacting and enduring, 3) retreating—backing away from undesirable states or conditions, or 4) advancing—navigating into desirable states-of-affairs. The norm nowadays is to drift, collide or retreat into the future. The fourth approach, the proactive approach, is the more apt response given the complex challenges and rising expectations that are the new norm for the foreseeable future. The fourth approach depends on the agency of individuals who have the capacity to handle the challenge of securing desired outcomes in indeterminate situations on behalf of concomitant stakeholders and clients. They achieve this by serving—design agency—as members of design teams and design cohorts. These systemic designers are skilled polymaths who have the ability to create assemblies of essential elements into coherent whole system