Call for interactive contributions

Submissions closed

Welcome to RSD10, the 10th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium, hosted by Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. RSD10 is a platform for discussing ongoing work with peers and presenting the state-of-the-art in systemic design. 

In the first call for contributions, we invited short and long paper proposals (this call is now closed). In this second call, we invite proposals to the following formats:

The details of each of those formats are further outlined below.


All proposals for contribution are invited to engage the theme of the conference ‘Playing with Tensions’ (as further outlined here) and/or to the general theme of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, including:

  • Systemic design methods and practices
  • Systems change and transitions
  • Systemic design in organisations and services
  • Systemic design case studies

Submission and review process

All submissions for practice case, workshops and dialogues need to be uploaded via the EasyChair platform. To gain access to EasyChair platform you need to create an account or use an existing one. When you enter EasyChair, you can choose to submit a practice case study, a workshop or a dialogue proposal. In addition to uploading your file, you will have to enter author data, title and keywords. You can find the required information to include in the submission file under the format of your choice below.

The RSD10 committee, in collaboration with the Systemic Design Association, will review all submissions to determine the suitability of the proposals for the event. 


Submission deadline 18th August 2021

Notice of acceptance 31st August 2021

Practice case studies

The goal of  Practice Case Study sessions is to share on-going work or recent experiences with designing for complex societal challenges in order to steer an active discussion that unites theory and practice, get feedback, inspire the international systemic design community and potentially explore new directions together. We welcome contributions from practitioners from public and private sectors, who work with system-oriented design methods, and aim for a better understanding and application of systemic design in their field.


Practice case presentations are planned as 1-1.5-hour panel sessions, where the authors of each contribution will get a 10-minute slot for presenting their work, followed by a 30 minute collective discussion session. The authors themselves are expected to suggest themes for the discussion. The audience, which consists of systemic designers, researchers and other design practitioners, will be invited to actively join the collective discussion. The session will have a blended format, where online and offline participation will be possible both for speakers and audience.

Submission requirements

If you would like to contribute to the practitioners case studies, please submit a written document of maximum 1000 words (approximately 2 A4’s) that includes the following information:

  • A description of the case/initiation/project that explains the context, goals, scope, process and/or results.
  • A description of the systemic approach that is/was followed.
  • A description of the practice and the field, including the other stakeholders that are/were involved.
  • A description of the purpose of your contribution (e.g. getting feedback, presenting a study,discussing results)A brief description of the theme(s) that you would like to introduce/discuss or receive feedback on at the symposium
  • If you are willing to participate online or on campus.
Selection criteria

Participating contributions will be accepted  by the conference committee based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the proposed topic to the conference and main theme
  • Appropriateness of the contribution with regards to emergence of ideas, questions and knowledge exchange
  • Originality of the contribution for the international systemic design community
  • Clarity of the contributions and the structure of the argumentation.


If you are interested in sharing and/or testing your latest systemic design tools and methods with RSD10 participants, we invite you to submit proposals for facilitated, interactive workshops during the Symposium. Workshops can be utilized to provide participants with hands-on experience to learn about new principles and concepts, while also allowing you to test and prototype ideas and co-create new knowledge collaboratively. Given this year’s theme of “playing with tensions” an element of play is also encouraged. Workshop/play sessions will be scheduled as sessions ranging from 60-120 minutes.

Format workshops & plays
  • Time allocated: 60, 90 or 120 minutes
  • Number of participants: Will depend on whether online or in-person. 10-25 if in person, more if online. Please note, the number of in-person participants are subject to change due to any corona-related restrictions.
  • Registration: Participants will pre-register and registration will be closed at least one week prior to the event. The participant list will be shared with you at that time.
  • Set up: Responsibility of workshop lead, if in person, TU Delft can provide some assistance.
Submission requirements

If you would like to contribute to this track please submit a proposal of maximum two-pages that includes the following information:

  • Title of workshop
  • List of authors and facilitators
  • Purpose and approach for facilitating the workshop (e.g. format and structure)
  • Alignment with RSD10 themes
  • Length of time needed for workshop Duration: 60, 90, or 120 minutes
  • If you’d like it to be online or in-person
    • If on campus, any technical requirements
  • Maximum number of participants 
  • Any support you might need (e.g. room set up, materials etc.)
Selection criteria for proposal review
  • Pertinence and relevance of the proposed topic to the conference and main theme
  • Appropriateness of the chosen dialogue format with regard to emergence of ideas, questions and knowledge
  • Originality and relevance
  • Level of organization and structure of workshop
  • Experience or capability of the workshop team for the topic


“As with electrons, we must look on thought as a systemic phenomenon arising from how we interact and discourse with one another. […] The purpose of dialogue is to go beyond any one individual’s understanding.” (Peter Senge, referring to David Bohm’s theory of dialogue, Senge, 1990, P223). Dialogue is an appropriate way to deal with tensions between different people in complex contexts, as it is not about who is wrong and who is right (as in a debate), but about collectively discovering productive ways forward. At RSD10, the goal of this dialogue track is to develop new ideas, questions and knowledge by bringing together symposium delegates in a dialogue around a specific topic related to the symposium theme. 

Format dialogue track

Dialogues are planned as 1 hour sessions in a format chosen or designed by the dialogue moderators. Dialogues do not work with pre-registration but moderators can indicate a maximum amount of participants. Dialogues can take place online or on campus.

Submission requirements

If you would like to contribute to this track please submit a proposal of maximum 2 pages that includes the following information:

  • A brief description of the topic that you would like to discuss at the symposium with relevant references (max 500 words). 
  • A description of the conversation format that you propose, for example a talking circle, design dialogue, fishbowl, open panel or open space. We would like to suggest to propose a format that promotes emergence of new ideas rather than a ‘closed’ format such as a debate
  • If applicable any panel members you would like to invite
  • Indication of who will take the moderator/ facilitator role(s)
  • Online or on campus
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Any support you might need (e.g. room set up, materials etc.)
Selection criteria for proposal review
  • Pertinence and relevance of the proposed topic to the conference and main theme
  • Appropriateness of the chosen dialogue format with regard to emergence of ideas, questions and knowledge
  • Originality and relevance

Senge, P. M. (1990). The fifth discipline: the art and practice of the learning organization: Doubleda


The exhibition is meant to inspire others with your work and to showcase systems thinking and design in a visual and tangible way. Visitors will be inspired to engage with the exhibited material and connect to the makers through digital or physical interaction. The theme ‘playing with tensions’ invites makers of exhibition contributions to think of playful interactions that can be provoked with your ‘thing’. 


A submission to the exhibition is expected to be a ‘thing’, something more than words. There is no required size, shape or form. The format, layout, and material is up to the author.

We challenge you to be playful. The formats can include   Gigamaps (rich design concepts), synthesis maps (research-based system maps), complex system diagrams or other storyboard posters; Prototypes and model artefacts, such as material relations, physical systems models, games, simulations or 3D system models are also invited as in previous years of RSD.

Submission requirements

Please send posters and images as PDF files, videos in MP4 files, 3D models, games or simulations in appropriate format. Please include an associated description in the name of the file and send it to with the subject “RSD10: Exhibition Material ”. Please also attach a MSWord file with (1) title, author(s) name, institute / organisation /year, (2) an upto 200 word abstract, and (3) upto 100 word explanation on “how to read your ‘thing” (in case you have to do so).

Selection criteria for proposal review

Most entries will have abstracts and/or explanatory texts embedded into the material. While submissions will not be juried or reviewed, they will be assessed for relevance to RSD10 theme and appropriate inclusion by the curator of the exhibition.