Wildfires, land use, and sexual violence among the issues addressed at the Map the System competition.
Map the System is a global competition that challenges us to think differently about social and environmental change. Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. As Skoll Centre Director, Peter Drobac put it: ‘we need to start treating the system. When we start to look at the whole system, we find solutions that we might not have otherwise seen.’
By mapping the issue, change-leaders are better informed and better equipped to find the gaps and levers of change as well as challenging their own assumptions and biases.
34 international educational institutions took part in the competition this year, with a collective of over 1,000 student team applications, making it the biggest Map the System competition so far.
The competition concluded with a Global Final at Saïd Business School from 7-9 June 2019. 20 teams took part in the weekend and were given the full Oxford experience with a walking tour of the city and an all vegan dinner in the dining hall at Balliol College.
Each team presented their research in a 10-minute pitch to judges, where just six were chosen to go through to the last round for the Sunday’s open public final.
The judges for the Global Final weekend were:
- Becky Ryder, The Omidyar Group
- Chintal Barot, CoSustain Consulting Limited
- Henry Majid, 2degrees
- Keeley Stevenson, Weal Life
- Jill Andres, Urban Matters CCC
- Steve Whitla, Visual Meaning