Why do it in the first place?
Towards the end of last year, I asked the Point People Whatsapp channel, does anyone know of a ‘systems canvas’ that I could use on a project? I was after something that people and organisations from across a system could work together to create which would serve as a visual reminder of the ingredients they needed to take a wide and sustained approach to achieving their goal (increasing physical activity).
It is of course, not as simple as that. Systems change is complex, ever emergent and is forged in relationships rather than setting out a nice, rational plan on a piece of paper. However, in the same way as mapping is valuable in creating a shared understanding of what is going on, it is similarly important to communicate a shared sense of where we are going to.
There are many tools, guides and articles out there (including Systems change: a guide to what it is and how to do it by NPC & Lankelly Chase, Systems Changers by The Point People, the Systems Changers Programmedesigned by the Point People & Lankelly Chase, Systems Practice by the Omidyar Group and Putting the system back into systems change: a framework for understanding and changing organisations & community systems by Pennie Foster-Fisherman). This exercise was not to duplicate these, but rather to draw on this work, and bring together the conclusions into one place to share with the system you are working with.
Continues in source Creating a systems canvas – The Point People – Medium