Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Promise of Systemic Designing

Chapter just published: 
The Promise of Systemic Designing: Giving Form to Water 
Learning, Design, and Technology pp 1-50 | 
Cite as Harold G. Nelson (1) Email author (
1. Computer Science, University of Montana, , Missoula, USA 
The world is understood to be more complex and dynamic than previously thought. Design is understood to be a deeper mystery than previously assumed. Design creates reality. Humans have engaged in design activities – designing – from the beginning of history, but little is known of its true nature or full potential. Familiar approaches to design and design education no longer match the real-world necessities and expectations of modern societies. Everything is connected, and it is difficult, or it seems often impossible, to determine what course of action is prudent when designing within such complexity. Systemic design is an emergent means for creating desired change that takes a broader stance and deeper approach to designing than is the norm nowadays. Creating educational experiences that prepare designers for competent professional practice in the world today requires a systemic design approach.

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