Mapping Transition Readiness: A model for identifying how and where design can intervene in system transi-tions

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Designers are increasingly tackling complex societal challenges and fostering system transitions. Transitions are long-term, multi-level, multi-phasal system changes involving numerous actors, requiring innovations that develop new relationships within the system. Therefore, the process of designing for transitions requires new ways of bridging system analysis and system synthesis. This paper explores the concepts of ‘transition readiness’ and ‘value conflicts’ as valuable indicators to bridge this gap and support designers in fos-tering system transitions. Synthesizing insights from literature and previous experience, we propose a first step towards an integrative model for mapping a system transition in a way that inspires design. Our model, called the Transition Readiness Profiles, anticipates the dynamics of a system transition and helps identify how and where design can inter-vene to accelerate the transition. It analyzes the transition at the individual-, organization-, and system level to understand the system dynamics and reveal what organizations can bring forward to foster the transition relative to others. The Profiles capture the relational dimension of a transition by mapping readiness, value conflict, and stakeholder relation-ships and dependencies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Subtitle of host publication Playing with Tensions: Embracing new complexity, collaboration and contexts in systemic design
EditorsJan Carel Diehl, Nynke Tromp, Mieke van de Bijl-Brouwer
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherSystemic Design Association
ChapterTrack 5
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6366-507-0
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventRelating Systems Thinking and Design 2021 Symposium (RSD10) - Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Nov 20216 Nov 2021
Conference number: 10


ConferenceRelating Systems Thinking and Design 2021 Symposium (RSD10)
Abbreviated titleRSD
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  • designing for transitions
  • value conflict
  • system mapping
  • transition readiness


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