A team from the University of Oxford were awarded first prize in the Map the System Virtual Global Final
Map the System is a global competition that challenges us to think differently about social and environmental change. Rather than focusing on a solution, Map the System invites participants to deeply explore a complex issue, using systems thinking to understand the problem and its wider context.
Through visual systems maps, teams articulate their findings in a way that people can meaningfully understand. Participants must demonstrate their research into existing solutions, as well as identify impact gaps and levers of change. As Skoll Centre Director, Peter Drobac, put it: ‘Map the System is less about coming up with solutions, and more about understanding the problem. That’s the first step towards systems leadership.’
52 international educational institutions joined the competition this year, with a collective of over 3500 students taking part, making it the biggest Map the System competition to date.
31 teams each had five-minutes to present their systems analyses to judges over the course of three days, showing adaptability as their presentations moved to an online format, with participants speaking from their homes all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just six teams were chosen to go through to the final round on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, for a public Virtual Global Final streamed live on the Skoll Centre’s YouTube channel.