Map the System is a global competition organized by the University of Oxford that challenges students to think differently about social or environmental change.
Map the System challenges participants to thoroughly research a specific social or environmental issue in order to fully comprehend its underlying components and to compellingly articulate their findings in a way that engages audiences and promotes understanding.
The goal of Map the system is to encourage a learning first approach to social change – one where people take the time to understand and build upon existing efforts before attempting something new. Ultimately, social change is complicated. Mapping is an effective strategy to gaining insight into the complexities surrounding complex social issues.
Map the System is for SFU students and recent graduates of any faculty who have an interest in social or environmental issues and who want to learn more about a problem they care about and present their findings to the world.
Ideal applicants are:
Register by January 28, 2019 (at 3:59 PM Pacific Time (PT)) – all you need is a topic and a list of your team members (you can participate on your own too)
Submit your findings by April 1, 2019:
April 6, 2019: SFU Round shortlisting and selection by judges
May 3 – 4, 2019: Map the System Canadian Final Event
June 7 – 9, 2019: Map the System Global Final Event
RADIUS and SFU will host several workshops for Map the System Challenge participants well in advance of the final project submission deadline (on April 1). We do our best to support and advise teams with narrowing down their problem area, sparking community connections to experts in their chosen fields, 1-on-1 coaching, and offering presentation guidance.
Additionally, there are great resources available from the global host, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford.
SFU has participated in Map the System for a number of years and has had great success! See previous student projects here:
Should you have further questions, feel free to contact Pegah Djamzad, firstname.lastname@example.org.