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Follow the Rabbit: A Field Guide to Systemic Design

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This Field Guide is a systems take on typical design thinking methodology. It demonstrates how to design something with a greater emphasis on creativity and humour. The Guide goes through a systemic design project from concept to implementation. It takes you through the workshop planning process, and discusses workshop roles and client relations. In the FAQs, you’ll find explanations to some commonly asked questions about systemic design concepts to help you introduce others to SD and bring them along with you. It contains descriptions of 17 different methods, including pros, cons,and considerations of each.

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  1. The inspiration of this toolkit is, as its title indicates, the agility of the rabbit. Rabbits are curious animals rapidly adapting to their environment. Hence, they ought to be an example for policymakers dealing with systemic design.
    Systemic design is a method to be used in complex situations, namely situations outside of the routine and requiring adaptation to a new context. It does not provide solutions to specific situations, but it proposes methods to achieve fast and effective group decision-making in a complex environment.
    The content of the toolkit, organized in slides, intentionally ensures flexibility to its users. Its, goal, indeed, is to present functionally several methods, in order to let the user pick directly the slide that he needs. This is extremely helpful for those who already have clearly in mind what is design thinking and simply need suggestions on how to use a specific technique.
    However, who is not familiar with design thinking finds in the first section of the toolkit clear “methodology” and “FAQ” sections, where all potential doubts are faced. In particular, the latter is a veritable dictionary of systemic design, defining all the concepts needed to practically use the systemic design strategies provided in the second half of the toolkit.
    The “methods” are very well schematized and ready to be used. Also, the authors interestingly outline which are the pros and the cons of each method, guiding the user into choosing the optimal toolkit for their purposes.
    The toolkit lacks concrete examples of the success of the methods illustrated (e.g. case studies), which could be a very valuable instrument to demonstrate the validity of the methodologies illustrated. By adding some examples, the toolkit may exploit its full potential, which is very high. Without, it may be excessively theoretical for some users more interested in practical applications.

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