Systemic Design in Food Security and Resilience: Building a Holon

John Darzentas, Jenny Darzentas, Annemarieke de Bruin, Madeleine Power, Patricia Prado, Stefan Carmien, Emilie Hobbs

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This paper concerns Food Security and the capturing and understanding of the potential usefulness of the notion of Resilience in that context. An important representative research project working on the complex problem space of Food Security and Resilience is the I KNOW FOOD (IKF) project. Work with the researchers engaged on this project is used here to demonstrate the approach presented. This approach is based on Systems Thinking and the capturing and building of a Holon of the problem space in order to discover, understand and evaluate the far-reaching effects of the role of resilience in Food Security. This approach also underscores the need for grounding the ‘acknowledging’ and use of holistic views of the problem space of such complex problems. By doing this, it moves forward from simply adopting a holistic stance, that of-introducing and including more people, components and issues,-to offering ways to examine the resulting interrelationships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) 2018 Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationChallenging Complexity by Systemic Design towards Sustainability
EditorsSilvia Barbero
Place of PublicationOslo
PublisherSystemic Design Association
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventRSD7 - Relating Systems Thinking and Design 7th Symposium: Challenging Complexity by Systemic Design towards Sustainability. - Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
Duration: 24 Oct 201826 Oct 2018
Conference number: 7th

Publication series

NameProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
PublisherSystemic Design Association
ISSN (Electronic)2371-8404


ConferenceRSD7 - Relating Systems Thinking and Design 7th Symposium
Abbreviated titleRSD7
Internet address


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