The Expertise Network Systemic Co-Design (ESC) has joined forces with the Systemic Design Association (SDA) and Pakhuis de Zwijger in organising the RSD12 Amsterdam Hub from 10 to 12 October 2023. RSD12 is the annual global conference ‘Relating Systems thinking and Design’ organised by the SDA. The central RSD12 theme is ‘Emergence in Entanglement’, in Amsterdam we will host a three-day immersion in research, examples and stories about the upcoming field of navigating systemic change in transitions. Come and join us on this journey and explore ways to navigate systemic change in societal transitions at the RSD12 Amsterdam Hub by ESC! Discover the programme for Day 1 below.


Find a more detailed schedule below the timetable.

Morning programme (09:00 – 12:30)

09:00 – 09:15 | Welcome and opening programme with Frank Evers, Wina Smeenk, Gillian Graven

09:15 – 09:45 | Keynote by Joyeeta Gupta

9:45 – 10:00 | Q&A

10:30 – 12:00 | Workshops with a focus on a sustainable and circular society

Sessions in small groups, locations will be communicated on the day itself. Select a session of interest to you and relevant to your work. Registration will be available later.

Workshop A: Innovative interventions through value network carouseling

Keywords: innovation, transformation, value networks, collaboration, concept carousel, complexity

Workshop B: Promoting Transdisciplinary Innovation By Enabling Participants to Cultivate Relevant Virtues

Keywords: transdisciplinary, innovation, virtue, ethics

Workshop C: Autoethnographic Stories of Hope as Systemic Design Interventions

Keywords: regenerative education, community of practice, autoethnography, storytelling, systemic design interventions

Workshop D: From separation to connection: Transforming education with regenerative leadership and students as partners

Workshop E: Using a quali-quantitative modelling tool to explore scenarios for more-than-sustainable design

Please note: workshop participants are kindly asked to watch this preparation video before the workshop and, if possible, install this modelling tool.

Keywords: modelling, tools, systems dynamics, sustainability, sociotechnical systems, rebound effect

Workshop F: Futures Literacy & Systemic Co-Design: Voyage to 2070

Keywords: futures literacy, discipline of anticipation, systemic co-design, serious gaming

Afternoon programme (13:30 – 18:00)

13:30 – 13:45 | Welcome and programme explanation by Gillian Graven

13:45 – 14:15| Keynote by Chermaine Kwant on Transforming Healthcare with Nutrition: A rebel’s perspective

14:15 – 14:45 | ‘Towards meaningful dialogues about Students as Partners’ with Jürg Thölke, Remko van der Lugt, Senka Rebac and students Antonia Crivinea, Rohit Jahangier and Daniëlle Doria



15:15 – 16:45 | Workshops with a focus on a healthy and vital citizenry

Sessions in small groups, locations will be communicated on the day itself. Select a session of interest to you and relevant to your work. Registration will be available later.

Workshop A: Playing with Systems

Keywords: interdisciplinarity, play, unmaking, methods

Workshop B: The Emergence of Space – and Such

Keywords: emergence, space and form, simplicity and complexity, order, negentropy

Emanuel Jannasch

Workshop D: How Might We: Leverage a board game to inspire people to think of themselves as creative problem solvers?

Keywords: human-centred design, design thinking, social impact, innovation, capacity building, design education, tools, toolkit, participatory design, community-based design

Workshop E: Developing Reflexive Capacity for Blind Spots

Keywords: blind spot, reflexive capacity, systems thinking, transformative learning

16:45 – 17:15 | Plenary reflection with Gillian Graven

17:15 – 18:00 | Drinks and chance to network

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