Systems thinking is a core part of seeing the full picture when working as a creative changemaker, and systems mapping is the application of this way of seeing the world so that intervention points can be found and built upon for positive change solutions. This course will help you discover how to create quick and complex analog systems maps. We have paced in content on 3 different systems maps, introduction to systems thinking and the techniques for doing more advanced maps. You will learn how to see relationships and communicate complex systems. We also touch on digital mapping tools to further support your independent learning.


  • Start the process of developing a systems mindset by understanding the foundations of systems thinking

  • Learn 3 types of analog systems mapping techniques

  • Review digital systems mapping tools for future use

  • Practice systems mapping through the included activities

  • Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    Instructor Bio:

    Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu


  • 01
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    • Welcome to the Introductory Class Series on Systems Mapping
    • A Welcome Message From Leyla
    • A quick note...before you start
  • 02
    Systems Mapping
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    • Read: Introduction to Systems Thinking
    • Watch: Introduction to Systems Thinking
    • Read and Do: 3 Systems at Play Activity
    • Watch: developing a Systems Mindset
    • Read: Developing a Systems Mindset
    • Watch: Systems Mapping
    • Read: Getting started with Systems Mapping
    • Read and Do: How to do Cluster Mapping
    • Download: Cluster Mapping Instruction Sheets
    • Read: Introduction to Systems Dynamics
    • Watch: Systems Dynamics
    • Read and Do: How to do Causal Loop Diagrams
    • Download: Causal Loop Diagrams Worksheet
    • Read and Do: How to do Interconnected Circles Maps
    • Download: Interconnected Circles Map Instructions
    • Read: Other Types of Analog Systems Maps
    • Watch: Systems Archetypes
    • Read: Systems Archetypes
    • Do: Incorporating Systems Thinking
    • Read: Extra Systems Thinking Resource Links
    • BONUS: Extra Videos on Systems Thinking
  • 03
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    • Knowledge Check
    • A Message From Leyla
    • Feedback


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