Design Conversation: Future Building and Consciousness Evolving

  • Patrick M. Jenlink

In this opening chapter, first, I review the purpose of this Compendium and provide an overview of the learning journey presented by the editors and authors. The chapter is presented in two parts. Part I begins with an exploration of the meaning of design conversation. Then, I examine the relationship of design conversation to future building and consciousness evolving within society. Design conversation is introduced as a form of conversation that enables our species to transcend existing systems through communicative and emancipatory action. As such, design conversation relies on discourses that are democratizing and authentically participative. Design conversation creates social spaces, within which participants' voices are valued, listened to, and have an influence on the conceptions and actions necessary for designing a new system. The chapter will examine why design conversation is important as well as how it may be used to create a collective evolutionary consciousness essential to designing our own future. Part II overviews how the compendium is framed into five themes, which present a reflective context for exploring dialogue conversation.


International System Science Design Community Collective Communication Social Discourse Appreciative Inquiry 
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