Radical Uncertainty: Design beyond solutionism. Webinar

  • Ainsworth, T. (Organiser)
  • Sutherland, S. (Organiser)
  • Sweeting, B. (Organiser)
  • Zoe Sadokierski (Participant)
  • Chris Rose (Participant)
  • Claudia Westermann (Participant)
  • Mihir Bhatt (Participant)
  • Shilpi Srivastava (Participant)

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The term ‘radical uncertainty’ can be characterised by extreme complexity, instability or disagreement about what is considered known or knowable. As such, the event will discuss diverse conceptions of uncertainty and seek to identify modes of working that embrace rather than eliminate complexity.

The event seeks to identify and discuss situations characterised by changeability, conflicting values and uncertain boundaries. These include embodied, emotional, and tacit ways of knowing and representing the world (Mehta, Lyla, and Shilpi Srivastava, 2020) and ideas of responsibility, accountability and ethics.

Design is situated within the rich, shifting, complex and relational systemic situations as both discipline and practice. We, therefore, seek strategies that enable us to ‘stay with’ the unknown and the unknowable without becoming bound by cyclical exercises in rhetoric.

How can we embrace practices and deliver strategies that better engage with global challenges characterised by their radical uncertainty?
Period23 Jul 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Design Research
  • Radical Methodologies
  • Design Webinar
  • complexity and design
  • Complexity
  • Uncertainty
  • uncertainty and design
  • Sustainable design
  • Sustainability
  • Radical Uncertainty
  • Global challenges