The conference itself will be held over three days, involving 6 internationally renowned keynote speakers and 7 plenary speakers coming from all over the World and belonging to different professional backgrounds. Moreover, through several parallel sessions organised, the selected authors will present their work opening the debate on the 6 proposed tracks. All the lectures and sessions will alternate to informal networking moments.

27 – 28.10.2018

De-conference event

The RSD7 De-Conference event will take place at MonViso Institute (MVI), in the community of Ostana, and it is organised in collaboration with ETH Zürich. It is a 1-2 days event, whose participation is voluntary and requires an additional fee. The fee includes transportation to and from Turin, food and accommodation (the latter only for those who opt for a 2 day stay).

In a relaxed and outdoor-oriented atmosphere participants can indulge in Systemic Design talks, critically assess the visited projects and provide feedback to the MVI and the community of Ostana.

The MVI is a real-world laboratory for research on sustainability transitions and Systemic Design. Thanks to the collaboration with international partners and research centres the MVI engages in various related research topics, such as resilience of mountain social-ecological systems, alpine urbanism, renewable energy transition, forestry and wooden constructions, cradle-to-cradle design, Systemic Design applied to the mountain space, responsible tourism, environmental change and circular economy.

During the 1-2 days visit there will be the opportunity to briefly review the conference sessions, deepen social contacts and have a relaxed learning and doing time in a beautiful and stimulating mountain environment.

For further information about the Institute:

27th October
Private Bus – travel from Turin to Ostana
Visit at Monviso Institute (MVI) and introduction to the activities
Outdoor “Standing lunch” at MVI
Hike-visits to different projects in Ostana and travel to Galaberna
Coffee Break at Galaberna
Discussion groups with presentation of some case studies (i.e. hemp production, permaculture, water, green building, skis, etc..) and feedback by the participants
Option 1: Outdoor barbecue dinner at MVI campus with fire and party with local music
Option 2: Private Bus – offer a return to Turin
Arrival in Turin
28th October
Breakfast at Galaberna
Inspirational excursion around Ostana to see other initiatives and social hiking to the Abornetti project (about 2h hike)
Outdoor meal at MVI with ongoing discussions on feedbacks and proposal for future development of the MVI and the local sustainable systems incubating in Ostana
Discussion groups and feedbacks on case studies presented
Private Bus – offer a return to Turin
Arrival in Turin


Workshop Session (10:00 – 17:00)

A full day of workshops is offered with an additional fee. Only one workshop per person can be attended.
Workshops will be held by local and international experts or institutions. The aim of this session is to have a very practical and hands-on experience about system and design thinking applied to industrial systems.

The scheduled workshops are:

WHAT: The goal of the workshop is to generate a multi-disciplinary and collaborative debate about the potentials and implications of the interplay between the Internet of Things and the Circular Economy for researchers, practitioners and society in general. The session will provide the audience with key questions, insights and challenging scenarios related to sources of data and methodologies for data acquisition and analysis. It will be specifically discussed how IoT data can be used in circular product design, including product lifetime extension and for circular business models. This workshop is suitable for different types of stakeholders, from experts in the field to a wider audience, for their diverse ideas will pave the way to a long-lasting debate.

BY: Smart Circular Economy Network (SCEN)

WHAT: “Place” is an important consideration not just amongst spatial disciplines such as architecture and urban design, but also in fields that are seemingly less tangible, such as the design of services, policy, and technologies. “Place” is both a value under threat from globalisation, networked technologies, ecological and humanitarian disasters and a contributing factor to political and social tensions.
On the other hand, the abstraction of systemic approaches makes them incredibly adaptable, giving them their wide range of applicability, by inevitably distancing from the material, spatial and personal.
This workshop will focus on the relation between places and systems by investigating the roles played by place and other material and spatial factors in the fields in which participants are working; how systems become manifest in spaces and artefacts; the consequences of spatial factors for systems and the role of spatiality and embodiment within systemic methods.

BY: Ben Sweeting (University of Brighton).

WHAT: There’s an emerging appetite among designers and industry leaders for an alternative, restorative, and regenerative approach to business that creates value, and delivers long-term prosperity as part of a circular economy. But transitioning the circular economy into the mainstream will be one of the biggest creative challenges of our time. Design thinking is an ideal approach for tackling such a complex, systemic, ambiguous challenge.
This session will consist of two parts. First, an introduction to the Circular Design Guide (which has been developed in collaboration with IDEO) through a hands-on Circular Strategies Workshop. In the second part, the Foundation will discuss its latest thinking on a design approach that combines design thinking with a systems view towards the vision of a circular economy.

BY: Simon Widmer (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

WHAT: Changing a system requires the involvement of the actors within the system. You need their knowledge, capabilities and motivation to initiate and foster systemic change.
At the RSD5 symposium in Toronto (2016), Namahn and shiftN presented the first version of their Systemic Design toolkit and assessed its fit to practice in the conference workshop. Since then, the original authors have collaborated with Peter Jones (SDRN) and Alex Ryan (MaRS Discovery District) for continued development of the toolkit towards a mature version, ready for use.
This toolkit establishes a common understanding and language, enabling dialogue among the actors and other stakeholders, including designers. It offers methods and hands-on tools for co-analysis of complex challenges and co-creation of systemic interventions. The main theoretical pillars of the toolkit are systems theory and human centred design.
In this session, we will explore a selection of tools from the three phases of the design process: understand, explore and define, by applying them on a case.

BY: Kristel Van Ael, Stefanos Monastiridis and Sabrina Tarquini (Namahn)


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