Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in partnership with educational institutions across the world.

Map the System is a 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.

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

This initiative believes 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.

Why enter?

By participating in Map the System, you’ll have the opportunity to make connections with socially-conscious students, faculty, and practitioners from within your school and the wider community. You’ll get to compete with other teams from across your institution, and you could be selected to attend the Global Final in Oxford, UK, where you’ll compete with teams from all over the world to win cash prizes.

But more importantly, you’ll get to work in a team to research a real-world problem, learn about organisations working the field, and create a visual map of the system that others can learn from in the future.

The deadline for registration is the 8th January 2018. You can find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to take part here


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Originally published November 1, 2017