Summer 2019 Issue of She Ji - Guest edited by OCADU Professor Peter Jones

SheJi - Brain
Sheji - Peter Jones
Thursday, October 3, 2019

The joint editorial opens with:

The emerging field of systemic design has expanded to engage with increasingly important societal issues ranging from housing and quality of life in cities, to foreign policy, immigration, and cultural development, as well as our environments and ecologies. Bruno Latour identifies these as new design issues in his A Cautious Prometheus. He describes interconnected matters of concern, asking on our behalf:

“Why should this prove to be an impossible task? Why can the powerful visual vocabulary that has been devised in the past by generations of artists, engineers, designers, philosophers, artisans, and activists for matters of fact, not be devised (I hesitate to say restyled) for matters of concern?”

Birger and Peter continue in the editorial to review the 5 articles with a “Siskel & Ebert” (movie reviewers) style of argumentation, with ideas and counterpoints for most of the papers, especially the Viewpoint (keynote) articles, which include new works from Richard Buchanan, John Ehrenfeld, and Kees Dorst. 

The collection consists of:

  • Richard Buchanan, Systems Thinking and Design Thinking: The Search for Principles in the World We Are Making
  • John Ehrenfeld, Flourishing: Designing a Brave New World
  • Kees Dorst, Design beyond Design
  • Florian Schütz, Marie Lena Heidingsfelder, Martina Schraudner, Co-shaping the Future in Quadruple Helix Innovation Systems: Uncovering Public Preferences toward Participatory Research and Innovation
  • Evan Barba, Cognitive Point of View in Recursive Design

The entire issue, as with all She Ji journal issues, can be downloaded as Open Access.

Also, for those who may have missed the RSD5 theme issue the first time it was announced, Peter Jones guest edited the issue from Autumn 2017 (available 2018) based on five top papers presented at RSD5 in Toronto, 2016. The cover image selected for this issue was a course-based synthesis map designed in the course with Jeremy Bowes and Peter (who have an article on synthesis mapping in tis issue). The systems map of Hyperconnectivity was lead designed by Pupul Bisht, with her SFI team consisting of Kashfia Rahman, Ian Prieto-McTair, and Macy Siu.

The articles in this issue consists of:

  • Peter Jones, The Systemic Turn: Leverage for World Changing
  • Eloise Taysom & Nathan Crilly, Resilience in Sociotechnical Systems: The Perspectives of Multiple Stakeholders
  • Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Designing for Social Infrastructures in Complex Service Systems: A Human-Centered and Social Systems Perspective on Service Design
  • Manuela Aguirre, Natalia Agudelo, & Jonathan Romm, Design Facilitation as Emerging Practice: Analyzing How Designers Support Multi-stakeholder Co-creation
  • Tim Tompson, Understanding the Contextual Development of Smart City Initiatives: A Pragmatist Methodology
  • Peter Jones & Jeremy Bowes, Rendering Systems Visible for Design: Synthesis Maps as Constructivist Design Narratives

Dr. Peter Jones, Chapter Publications

Dr. Peter Jones, chapter publications

Dr. Peter Jones, chapter publications

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:15am


Jones, P.H. (2017). Social Ecologies of Flourishing: Designing Conditions that Sustain Culture. In A. Skjerven & J.B. Reitan, (Eds.) Design for a Sustainable Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Education. London: Routledge.


Jones, P.H. (2017). Soft Service Design outside the Envelope of Healthcare. In E. Tsekleves & R. Cooper, (Eds.), Design for Health. London: Routledge.


An  important fact: it is rare that a design-only artilce is in a medical journal. Peter Jones with co-authors S. Shakdher & P. Singh (OCAD U students).

Jones, P.H., Shakdher, S. & Singh, P. (2017). Synthesis maps: visual knowledge translation for the CanIMPACT clinical system and patient cancer journeys. Current Oncology, 24 (2).