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What Is Workshop Systemic Design and Conception?

01 December 2021
What Is Workshop Systemic Design and Conception?

A systemic approach is essential in the case of systemic co-creation. The systemic conception and design process can address both systemic pathology and systemic change. This systemic pathophysiological approach is focused on creating interventions that are aimed to have positive systemic effects, generally at the group level. The systemic design process has been designed for this purpose by designers committed to social change, so it can be used to create ecosystems, missions, organizations, etc., to achieve desirable worldwide effects. 

This systemic pathophysiological approach is entirely different from conventional diagnostics aimed at isolating causes of pathology within single systems or subsystems. It is also qualitatively different from systemic therapy approaches based on isolating causes of dysfunctionality and curing them one by one. The systemic co-creation workshops propose systemic interventions that correspond to systemic change instead of systemic pathology, which is usually addressed in systemic therapy approaches.  These systemic co-creation workshops use systemic design principles and tools, such as atmospheric mapping, systemic diagnostics, and systemic strategies creation. These systemic design tools enable large-scale systemic initiatives that contribute to the emergence of new ecosystems or paradigms for societal development.

This approach applies both to building strong organizations with a strong identity capable of having a long-lasting impact on various levels (community, region, country) and can be effective in creating innovative solutions at the level of specific problems within communities cities (such as healthcare services). The systemic co-creation workshops are usually systemic pathophysiological approaches that include systemic diagnostics of current systemic conditions, systemic strategies for systemic change, and the systemic design of systemic solutions.

Applied Systemic Approach to Workshops

The systemic approach is applied to workshops’ subsystem conception and design. The systemic methodology proposed here allows systemic planning of systemic workshops that produce endogenous products under systemic properties. This paper presents a theoretical study on systemic seminars based on the methodological principle developed in 2009 by the Abordagens Sistêmicas association led by Jorge Luiz Torelli. According to Magalhães (2009), the systemic methodology is part of a more extensive research program developed by the Abordagens Sistêmicas association, which began in 2009 to produce theoretical results. If you want to learn workshop design and conception with systemic approach, you can join IIENSTITU's course.

What Is Workshops Systemic Design?

Systemic design is a systemic approach to design. Systems thinking and systemic principles are applied in the whole process, from innovation to product or service implementation. The workshop was developed by Andrea Branzi as part of his systemic design agenda at Domus Academy, Milan, which he founded as president.

In systemic workshops, participants follow a six-step systemic method that leads them through the systemic design process:
1) Observation,
2) Analysis (based on Alexander's pattern language),
3) Conceptual synthesis (patterns into system models),
4) Prototyping (models into prototypes),
5) Testing (prototypes with users),
6) Implementation (prototypes become actual products). 

Although the workshop focuses mainly on ideation processes, it also provides tools for implementation, product improvement, and feedback. Branzi developed systemic workshops as a systemic alternative to the traditional design thinking approach that originated in engineering and later became part of industrial design education. The systemic approach was introduced into design by Branzi, Andrea Branzi, and Franco Teodoro in 1965 at Domus Academy to overcome traditional compartmentalization:

“Today systemic thought is considered one of the theoretical foundations for research and development in architecture and town-planning, but it has yet to establish itself firmly within industrial design.” In systemic workshops, systemic tools are used during ideation, in particular systemic patterns, representing a systematic account of practical problems that frequently recur in the natural or human-made environment. They are systemic analogs of the traditional practices used in architecture and product design since the 1970s. The systemic method has been applied to several fields:

"The systemic project is a system which operates as an active structure able to influence its own internal environment and interact with its external surroundings… The actions within this overall systemic project should be designed as systemic experiments aimed at studying environmental context for further systemic strategy elaboration."

“The purpose of designing systems is not to create products but rather to determine new systemic relationships between man and his environment that go beyond the simple production of objects.” 

The systemic method was applied in a systemic workshop in Thailand in 2014 and a systemic project in Taiwan in 2016.

What Are Systemic Workshops?

The systemic workshops are systemic conception tools born out of systemic psychoanalysis, part of the systemic family. The systemic family is a field that has developed in the past half-century. It includes systemic psychotherapy, systemic coaching, systemic work with groups and organizations, systemic consulting around issues linked to the organization-systemic management-systemic leadership- systemic education... But each member of this "family" uses its own methodology, tools, and techniques!

As far as systemic workshops are concerned, they rely on three main ideas: - reality is neither subjective nor objective but relational; 

There are no individual phenomena or collective phenomena, but phenomena that are always "relational," i.e., existing between several agents, between several subjects. For systemic workshops, working at systemic level implies putting oneself in relation with the other (ergo systemic) to understand what happens between us;

"Systemic" is not the same as systemic thinking - systemic workshops use systemic tools and systemic conception processes which are different from systemic thinking; 

The systemic concept goes far beyond systemic thinking. It refers to all that has no name or has yet to be named, which remains unarticulated because it does not comply with our usual ideas of reality. Staying at this level also involves risking losing one's way without finding another! Consequently, sustaining a movement within systemic implies moving away from simplicity towards complexity.. which requires tools for making things simple again to be able to work on them;

Systemic workshops put systemic tools and systemic conception processes at the service of systemic practices. 

This is another way of saying that systemic tools and systemic conception processes must, before anything else, facilitate systemic practices, i.e., help us better understand our relational reality and operate within it.

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Sezin Gök

SHe is a graduate of Akdeniz University, Department of Business Administration. She graduated from the university with a faculty degree. It has contributed to its environment with its social responsibility project. She writes articles about business and its fields.

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