\" Map the System 2022\" Invitation From the Oxford Saïd Business School


The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, invites faculty and staff who are committed to enhancing systems change education to partner with them to bring Map the System to the students. They have had around 10 partner institutions across GNAM participate to date, and would love to extend this to as many of our partner members as possible.

Map the System is much more than a competition - it is a representation of our core beliefs about social change: that we all have the responsibility to understand problems we want to be part of solving.

Map the System challenges students to use ‘systems thinking’ as a guiding approach to understanding some of the most complex social and environmental challenges we face today.  It is not a pitch competition, but rather a discovery process for participants of any discipline who have an interest in social and environmental change. It is designed to foster a systems thinking mindset among participants and encourages a learning first approach to social change – one where people take the time to understand and build upon existing efforts before attempting something new.  Learn more about our approach.


The final deadline to register your participation as an individual or a teams is Monday, 25 October 2021. 


Below information is adapted from the Oxford invitation:

What is the cost?

Map the System is more than a competition - it’s a learning programme and a learning community. We’ve added more digital content and enrichment, including virtual workshops and masterclasses with Oxford faculty and globally recognised impact leaders. And this year, we look forward to welcoming finalist teams back to Oxford for the Map the System Global Final in June 2022. 

The Institutional Registration Fee helps to support some of the costs of Map the System. The full fee is £3750 (USD $5,000) per institution, however a discounted rate of £2000 (USD $2,700) is available to any institution registering before 31st October 2021.

Network Discounts

GNAM Network institutions are eligible for full fee waivers to participate in Map the System.

Where possible, we strongly encourage GNAM partner institutions to provide a financial contribution towards the administration costs of coordinating and delivering Map the System, as well as supporting us in our goals of continuing to develop and grow the programme and our learning materials to support students and educators in our goal of embedding systems change and social impact education into educational institutions and communities around the world.

We have also launched a new scheme whereby network partners can provide a fee sponsorship to a partner institution in a low- or middle-income country. This sponsorship would enable a partner institution to join the Map the System programme who might not otherwise have the opportunity to take part. The sponsored institution could either be nominated by the sponsor, or we can suggest a suitable institution to sponsor and onboard them onto Map the System.

Key Dates for Map the System 2022

Institution Registration Deadline: 31 October 2021

Student Registration Open: 1 November 2021 - 31 January 2022

Round 1 Submission Deadline: April 2022

Local Finals: Mid April 2022

Global Finalists Announcement: Early May 2022

Round 2 Submission Deadline: May 2022

Map the System Global Final in Oxford: June 2022 


Please note, exact dates are to be confirmed and are subject to change.

What is it like to take part in Map the System?

Discover more about the Map the System experience from these two articles written by one of our Map the System Educator’s at our GNAM Partner school, the University of Cape Town, and from a previous student finalist.

We Should All Be Systems Thinkers” - Kentse Radebe, Project Manager in Systems Innovation at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Map the System Educator

Four things I learned from taking part in Map the System” – Jillian Mah, 2019 Map the System student and Global finalist from Mount Royal University


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email at mapthesystem@sbs.ox.ac.uk or check out our FAQs on the website.