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Creative Systemic Research, Susu Nousala + Jelena Sucic (ST-ON 2021-02-08)

The Creative Systemic Research Platform (CSRP) Institute, led by Susu Nousala and Jelena Sucic, is distinctive in approaching systemic design from a bottom-up, longitudinal perspective.  The co-presidents were able to join us in conversation at a Systems Thinking Ontario session, remotely from Finland and Switzerland, at a significant time disadvantage.

Many approaches to systemic design presume a top-down, abstract predisposition of a world that might be.  The Creative Systemic approach emphasizes learning within communities towards the development of resilience.  Scholarly communities are nurtured at a local level, distributed across multiple peri-urban regional geographies.  The work of mapping and investigating emerging economies is informed by activities that include creative expression in social complexity that produces communal well-being.

  • Susu Nousala is a professor with the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai (People’s Republic of China).  She has previously had research positions at Aalto University (Finland), University of Melbourne (Australia), and Chiang Mai University (Thailand).
  • Jelena Sucic is a researcher in systemic design and sustainable processes based in Switzerland.  She previously led as the field specialist and project manager in the nascent research group, as she completed a double degree in the PoliTong project, completing a Master of Fine Arts in Product Service Service Design at Tongi University, simultaneously with a Master of Science in Systemic Design at Politecnico di Torino.

For brevity, the usual circle of introduction was requested written in chat, rather as verbal self-introductions.  This meant that our featured speakers start just a few minutes into the web video .  Participants were encouraged to queue their questions and comments in the web chat.

The video file are archived on the Internet Archive .

Video H.264 MP4
February 8
(1h31m)
[20210208_ST-ON_CreativeSystemicResearch.m4v]
(HD 1107kbps 812MB) [on the Internet Archive]

Audio suitable for download onto mobile devices was extracted as M4A from the video.

Audio
February 8
(1h31m)
[20210208_ST-ON_CreativeSystemicResearch.m4a]
(83MB) [on the Internet Archive]

The CSRP Institute was incorporated in late 2020 in an Italian Swiss canton. The initial practice base is at a farm in Terre d’Ebre, Spain. These locations provide opportunities to explore practices in smaller communities and terrains, in relation with historic land use and cultural wisdom.

As of July 2021, Susu has completed the assignment with Tongji University (plus a one year extension), and should be more accessible over high-speed Internet connections from Europe.

This session was originally announced on the Systems Thinking Ontario website.

Creative Systemic Research, Systems Thinking Ontario 2021-02-08

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