Friday, March 18, 2016

New MITPress design journal

The MIT Media Lab and the MIT Press have jointly launched the Journal of Design and Science (JoDS), an online, open-access journal that aims to capture the antidisciplinary ethos of the MIT Media Lab while opening new connections between science and design. Head over to to learn more and read the first few contributions from Joichi Ito, Neri Oxman, Danny Hillis, and Kevin Slavin.

MITPress design journal

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RSD4 Conference: Frontiers of Systemic Design



Relating Systems Thinking and Design 4                     

Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada  Sept 1-3, 2015

Abstract Deadline: 15th March, 2015

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Paperback edition of The Design Way

The new paperback edition of The Design Way was just released by MIT Press. It sold out immediately! More copies will be available in October.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

University of Technology Sydney Business - The Design Way

The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World, UTS Business, University of Technology, Sydney NSW Australia 

3/28/13 7:00 PM

The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World

Dr Harold Nelson is an international visiting scholar from the US whose university appointments have crossed the fields of business, IT and design.
He is a qualified architect and has extensive experience consulting with corporate, government and non-profit organisations.
Together with Dr. Erik Stolterman he co-authored the book “The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World”, which received the Outstanding Book of the Year award from the Division of Instructional Development of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. See more details here.
Harold and Erik conceive of design as culture of inquiry and action directed at creating new things which can be applied across multiple contexts, including industries that may not normally be thought of as design centric. Whether you are deeply involved in design or just curious about design thinking, join Dr Nelson at UTS for this interdisciplinary discussion.

Design Flight School - systemic design: 1:00pm-3:30pm
This interactive discussion is intended for academics and research students but friends of UTS available during the day are welcome to attend.

Venue: Palm Court (CM05C.04.17), Block C, Level 4
Register for the workshop here.
Presentation with Q&A: 6:30pm for 7:00pm-8:30pm
This session is for all UTS students, alumni, staff and general public
Venue: Moot Court (CM05B.01.02), Block B Level 1
Register for the the presentation with Q&A here.
4 April 2013
13:00 - 20:30
(Workshop: 1:00pm-3:30pm | Presentation with Q&A:
6:30pm for 7:00pm-8:30pm)
City - Haymarket
All Welcome
Free, but places are limited and registration essential

Sunday, July 1, 2012

New site for the "The Design Way"

We have now opened a new site with more information about the new Edition of "The Design Way". You have find it at

Friday, June 1, 2012

design competence

As interest grows in design as an efficacious form of open inquiry integrated with an effective approach to action—i.e. inquiry for action or thinking for doing—it is important to keep in mind that design is not a method or recipe for prescriptive reaction but an intentional stance one takes towards life. It is also important to keep in mind that good design is not just another approach to problem solving. Design is a process for determining desired directions to take and strategies for following through with actions that result in the realization of desired outcomes or states of affairs in organizations and other social systems. Design in organizations—governmental and business—is played out in three different ways in the guise of organizational design competence (see Figure below).

Organizational Design Competency

As a leadership stance, design competence is the capacity to create or recreate whole organizations or major systems within organizations. As a management approach, design competence is the requisite ability to create tools, procedures, processes, structures, and other instrumentalities that support the operations of successful organizations. As an interface between the organization and its constituency, design competence is the form of expertise that creates products, experiences or services for clients, stakeholders and society as a whole.

Design competence is the ability to make desired changes in the right directions, for the right reasons using the right processes. It is driven by what is desired to be brought into the world rather than what is feared about the world as it exists.