In 2020, the Reimagining Society for the 21st Century (RSD) conference took place at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, from October 12th to October 16th. Amidst the unprecedented circumstances we faced, the conference theme, "Systemic Design for Well-being: from human to humane," resonated deeply with our present lives. It emphasized the importance of compassion, empathy, and consideration not only for humans but also for our natural world and surroundings. RSD9 aimed to explore the interconnectedness between the well-being of our bodies, our environments, and the planet as a whole.
The roots of RSD can be traced back to its inception at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in 2012. The series was established with the purpose of promoting and nurturing emerging practices and theories in systemic design. It focuses on the application of systemic design principles in service systems, social systems, policy development, and complex contexts. As a passionate volunteer, I had the privilege to sketchnote for the aforementioned conference, capturing the essence of various sessions through visual illustrations. Presented here are the sketch notes I created, providing a visual narrative of the insightful discussions and ideas shared during the event.