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


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  • 02

    Systems Mindset

    • Read: What is Systems Thinking?

    • Watch: Introduction to Systems Thinking

    • Watch: How Wolves Change Rivers

    • Read: Developing a Systems Mindset

    • Watch: Developing a Systems Mindset

    • Explore: The 3 Main Systems at Play

    • Activity: 3 Systems at Play Activity

    • Download: Systems at Play Worksheet

  • 03

    Systems Mapping

    • Read: Analog Systems Maps

    • Watch: Introduction to Systems Mapping

    • Read: How to do Cluster Maps

    • Download: Cluster Mapping Instruction Sheets

    • Watch: How to do Cluster Mapping

    • Read: Causal Loop Diagrams

    • Explore: How to do Causal Loop Map

    • Activity: Causal Loops

    • Download: Causal Loop Diagrams Worksheet

    • Read: Interconnected Circles Maps

    • Download: Interconnected Circles Map Instructions

    • Read: Digital Mapping Tools

  • 04

    Intro to Systems Dynamics & Archetypes

    • Read: Systems Dynamics

    • Watch: Systems Dynamics

    • Read: Systems Archetypes

    • Watch: Systems Archetypes

  • 05

    Bonus Content

    • Activity: Incorporating Systems Thinking Activity

    • Additional Resources and Links

    • Extra Videos on Systems Thinking

  • 06


    • Test your Knowledge with our quick quiz!

    • A Message From Leyla

  • 07

    Next Steps

    • Continue Your Learning Journey!


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