Map the System Canada 2023: Introduction to Systems Thinking

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Map the System Canada 2023: Introduction to Systems Thinking

Learn the basics of systems mapping and understanding complexity. Session is indented for Map the System 2023 Student teams.

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  • 1 hour
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Join us on Wednesday Febuary 9, 2023 at 2:00pm EST (Check your local time here) for a Map the System Canada workshop. This session is designed to support students registered in the Map the System 2023 competition and support them in preparing their submission materials.

Systems thinking is a critical skill to understand and help drive social change. Systems mapping is a set of visual sense making and storytelling tools that use this systems thinking ‘lens’ to deepen our understanding of a social or environmental issue. Systems mapping also helps make these same issues understandable to a much broader audience (including the public, policymakers, and other students and changemakers).

Come to this webinar to learn some of the basics of systems mapping. Please bring your questions with you, as we will use the latter half of the webinar for open discussion.

This session will be presented by: James Stauch

James Stauch is the Executive Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University where he has developed or co-created social innovation, leadership, and systems-focused learning programs for both undergraduates and the broader community. A former foundation executive and philanthropy and social change consultant, he is the lead author of an annual scan of trends and emerging issues, produced in partnership with the Calgary Foundation. His recent contributions to community-partnered knowledge production include The Right to Eat Right; Aging in Thriving in the 21st Century; Merging for Good: A Case-Based Framework for Nonprofit Amalgamations; In Search of the Altruithm: AI and the Future of Social Good;The Problem Solver's Companion: A Practitioners' Guide to Starting a Social Enterprise, co-produced with Shaun Loney and Encompass Co-op; and A Student Guide to Mapping a System, co-produced with Systems-Led Leadership and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford.

This workshop is hosted by the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University as part of Map the System Canada 2023


Please note: Attendance is free but you must register in advance via Eventbrite. The link to access the online event will be emailed to you approximately 24 hours before the event, and a reminder on the day of the event. The session will be recorded.

About Map the System Canada

Map the System Canada is an extension of the Oxford Map the System global competition hosted by the Institute for Community Prosperity. MTS Canada provides an opportunity for Canadian students and educators to participate in the renowned Map the System global competition and provide additional support relevant to Canadian students. As part of the global competition, Map the System Canada hosts a National final that brings together emerging systems change leaders who are passionate about social and environmental change.

What is Map the System?

Map the System is a global competition of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with educational institutions across the world. Map the System asks participants to use ‘systems thinking’ as a guiding approach to understanding complex social and environmental challenges.

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