Map the System

Map the System presentation

Social change is complicated. Mapping is a way of understanding its complexities.


Map the System is a global competition that asks you 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. This competition asks you to select a social or environmental issue and to explore, probe, and research all the connecting elements and factors around it. We want you to present this issue back to us in a way that people can understand, share, and learn from.

We believe that social transformation doesn’t happen in a silo, nor does it come from one person or one great idea. Mapping out the system allows us to think about context and the many interacting factors that contribute to the development of the issues facing us – be they economic forces, political movements, or global trends. It gives us the tools to understand the whole picture and takes us out of our silos.

Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with educational institutions across the world.

What is Map the System?

Map the System 2019 Final - Zijun Lin, De Montfort University, Honest Fashion team

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How does it work?

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Universities and post-secondary education institutions are invited to run their own Map the System competition, with the support of tools provided by

One selected individual or team from each institution will be invited to the Map the System Global Final event held annually at the Saïd Business School, where teams from all over the world will present their research for the chance to win top prizes.

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Find resources, previous partnering institutions and the winning entries maps and reports from all previous years.