Systems Mapping Tools


Access to Kumu and Sticky Studio: System and Stakeholder Mapping Platform


The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship has partnered with Kumu to make Kumu’s suite of mapping tools available free of charge for all Map the System participants. Find further details on these tools below. Participants of Map the System will receive further instructions on how to access these tools.



Kumu is an online mapping platform that helps people make sense of their messy world. Easily create interactive visualisations of system and stakeholder maps with additional depth and context. 



Sticky Studio

Sticky Studio is a collaborative whiteboard for complex discussions. Its real-time functionality makes it a great fit for the early building out and brainstorming of both stakeholders and factors/loops and stakeholders as part of a systems map. 


Further details and examples of these tools are shown below.



Kumu has been designed from the ground up to be a powerful, flexible mapping machine, capable of mapping complexity of all kinds.

Below are a few examples of the many ways Kumu can be used:

  • Systems maps & causal loop diagrams that help you better understand and engage complex systems and environments.
  • Stakeholder maps that help you understand the complex web of loyalties, interests, influence, and alignment of key players around important issues.

The below examples illustrate how Kumu was used as a systems-mapping tool in the Map the System project. These two examples are from two 2021 Global Finalist teams.

Map the System 2021 Finalist Causal-loop systems map examples, Homelessness in Salt Lake City, Utah

Baribe, D., Brooks, G., Covey, J., Diaz, A., Howell, P. - Utah Valley University

Map the System 2021 Finalist Causal-loop systems map examples, climate adaptation solutions to flooding in New York City

Matthias Muehlbauer and Winter Wilson - Hitotsubashi University

Sticky Studio

Sticky Studio is Kumu’s take on a simple and streamlined whiteboard tool, with an emphasis on the relationships among stickies. Each sticky also has its own discussion thread, allowing you to build a map that matches the richness of your discussions. Other features include organic, sticky-dot style voting, templates for easy re-use, background shapes and images, and support for exporting to Kumu.

sticky studio 1
sticky studio 2

Video overview of Kumu

Source: Kumu 5 Minute Quickstart from Kumu on Vimeo.