A global competition to learn more about the issues you care about and present your findings to the world.


Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in partnership with educational institutions across the world.

Map the System is a competition that asks you to think differently about social and environmental change.

Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. This competition asks you to select a social or environmental issue and to explore, probe, and research all the connecting elements and factors around it. We want you to present this issue back to us in a way that people can understand, share, and learn from.

Social change is complicated. Mapping is a way of understanding its complexities.

We believe that social transformation doesn’t happen in a silo, nor does it come from one person or one great idea. Mapping out the system allows us to think about context and the many interacting factors that contribute to the development of the issues facing us – be they economic forces, political movements, or global trends. It gives us the tools to understand the whole picture and takes us out of our silos.

Watch our video from the 2018 Global Final to learn more:

The Global Final 2018

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists who competed at the Map the System 2018 Global Final!

Read our news article about the event here.


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Three winners of Map the System will receive cash prizes. In addition, partner universities may provide their own prizes to finalists, including access to the ‘Apprenticing with a Problem’ funding to to facilitate further research on the chosen topic or other development opportunities.



£4,000 cash prize



£3,000 cash prize



£2,000 cash prize

Participating institutions 2018


carleton concordia
mount-royal kellogg-northwestern
simon-fraser   ubc
melbourne san-diego

Supported by:

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