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Systemic Design Framework

The framework places our people and our planet at the heart of design.

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Key elements of the Systemic Design Framework include:

  • Six principles.

For systemic design which can be used to help people to develop or adapt new design methods and tools from their own practice. The principles are:

  • People and planet centred
  • Zooming in and out
  • Testing and growing ideas
  • Inclusive and welcoming difference
  • Collaborating and connecting
  • Circular and regenerative
  • Four key roles.

For designers to play when tackling systemic issues: system thinker, leader and storyteller, designer and maker, connector and convenor.   

  • Types of design activities.

These are: exploring, reframing, creating and catalysing.

  • Enabling activity.

That goes ‘around’ the design process, including orientation and vision setting, connections and relationships, leadership and storytelling, continuing the journey.

The Systemic Design Framework is further evidence of Design Council’s commitment to enable sustainable living, as outlined in our Strategy 2020-2024. It builds upon the global success of Design Council’s Double Diamond which sits within our Framework For Innovation, which remains an essential guide for anyone innovating within their organisation.

The Characteristics of Changemakers

This series demystifies the core components of systems change and provides you with ideas, tools and resources to supplement your approach to systemic challenges. The series is designed to be watched as a team, as there are interactive exercises to complete together in each episode.

  • Episode 1: How to be a Systems Thinker
  • Episode 2: How to be a Connector and Convener
  • Episode 3: How to be a Designer and Maker
  • Episode 4: How to be a Leader and Storyteller