RSD – Amsterdam: Co-design for societal transition
10 Oct '23 - 12 Oct '23

RSD – Amsterdam: Co-design for societal transition

Date and Time

10, 11 and 12 october
09:00 – 17:00


Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam


Tickets are available through Pakhuis de Zwijger:
Day-tickets are €175,00, a 3-day-ticket costs €350,00

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. RSD12 is the annual global conference “Relating Systems thinking and Design” organised by the SDA. The central RSD12 theme is ‘Emergence in Entanglement’ and in Amsterdam we will host a three day immersion in research, examples and stories about the upcoming field of navigating systemic change in transitions. In order to reduce the environmental impacts of RSD, and make the event more accessible, a total of 12 local hubs will be hosted throughout October across the globe. These local hubs culminate in the final RSD conference in Georgetown USA, from October 18 to 20th. More inspiration and less air miles! 

Come and join us on this journey and explore ways to navigate systemic change in societal transitions at the RSD12 Amsterdam Hub by ESC from October 10 to12 in Amsterdam.

Each day will be dedicated to two large societal transition challenges: 

Tuesday October 10
Focus on Sustainable and Circular Society and A Healthy and Vital Citizenry

Wednesday October 11
Focus on A Secure and Just Digital Life and Educating in Times of Transitions

Thursday October 12
Focus on Deepening and Reflection

Each system will have a similar agenda:

  • One or two keynote speeches or activities
  • Five parallel physical workshop in subgroups to learn and play 
  • Collective reflections/endings about what is emerging in entanglement

The third day will be set up as a reflective walk in the woods with systemic reflection exercises to help you untangle some of the entanglements we have just co-designed together. A bus will take you from Amsterdam into the beautiful Dutch nature. During a walk of about three hours, you will have the opportunity to deepen new relationships and insights. And the exercises that we will experience together can also be brought back by you to your own systems for further development, play, and experimentation. Of course, there will also be a picnic with Dutch specialities like hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles). 

Earlier publications through RSD by our team

Wina Smeenk – ‘A Systemic Co-design iceberg’:

Remko van der Lugt – ‘Behaviours Change Co-Design case study’:

Christine De Lille and Katinka Bergema – ‘Scaling up from labs to systemic change’:

Anja Overdiek and Katinka Bergema Workshop ‘Framing a process model for design impact with a systemic lens‘: