System maps are a powerful tool to visualize complexity. This hands-on course helps participants to build skills in developing and using a specific format of system maps: causal-loop diagrams, also referred to as influence diagrams. This is a rigorous mapping approach that requires clearheaded thinking. It can be used to pursue multiple objectives:
- Showing the ‘big picture’;
- Illuminating the architecture of a complex system in terms of feedback loops and leverage points;
- Stimulating multi-actor engagement and collaboration;
- Integrating expert knowledge;
- Communicating complex messages and stories;
- Providing access to an evidence base;
- Developing future scenarios;
- Identifying options for intervention in the real world.
In this course we will rely on Kumu as a powerful, web-based environment to develop causal-loop diagrams. Participants will learn how to use this rich mapping environment to craft complex, beautiful and richly documented system maps.
- System maps as a tool to visualize complexity.
- Overview of system mapping approaches.
- Building blocks: variables and connections.
- Building simple system maps.
- Structural features: feedback loops, leverage points.
- Building more complex maps.
- Group model-building.
- Deploying and using system maps.
- System maps and scenario development.
|Course level||Introductory, no prerequisite knowledge of systems thinking or mapping required|
|For whom||Anyone who has a professional or personal interest in tackling complexity by visualization|
|By whom||Philippe Vandenbroeck, co-founder at shiftN, and Liesbeth Jenné, consultant at shiftN|
|Format||1 full day|
|Dates||7 June 2018, 09:30 – 16:30h|
|Location||De Hoorn, Leuven, Belgium|
|Price||400 euro, excl. of 21% VAT (includes meals, refreshments and course material)|
|Launch offer||- 20%|
|Example of a system map||Stress in the workplace|