July 18th is the 59th monthly meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. Please register on Eventbrite.

Synthesis Mapping the Complexity of Social Systems

In May we presented synthesis maps from OCADU’s Design for Health MDes program, and, this month, Professor Peter Jones invites visitors the systems thinking community and those interested in social systems innovation to attend Systems Thinking Ontario to see and hear about our students’ synthesis maps, as told by them, with brief overviews and Q&A for synthesis maps for at least four maps from the total of twelve projects demonstrated in the two cohorts:


Suggested pre-reading:

About Synthesis Mapping

Advanced design students and teams are often called to frame and communicate a collective understanding and design proposals for increasingly complex challenges. The synthesis map has evolved from the Gigamap method as a practice for active learning and representation of complex social systems for the purposes of communication of systemic perspectives, defining actors and relationships in complex system challenges. We teach and develop synthesis maps in the OCAD graduate programs, design for Health and Strategic Foresight and Innovation, to promote shared understanding and reveal design options available in these complex systems. For an open source article written by the professors in these programs, please see:

She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, 3 (3), 229–248

Renderingsystems visible for design: Synthesis maps as constructivist design narratives.

Jones, P.H. & Bowes, J. (2017)


Post-meeting artifacts

Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.

Visual Analytics Lab:  Synthesis maps @OCADU_SFI graduate students for Systems Thinking Ontario monthly meeting. Big screen of the Visual Analytics Lab a special affordance not usually available to us, with a long conference table instead of sitting in a circle. (OCADU, 205 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20180716