July 13 (the second Monday of the month) is the 81th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite at https://synthesis-mapping-2020-2.eventbrite.com.

Synthesis Mapping (#2), 2020 Strategic Foresight and Innovation program

Every year Systems Thinking Ontario hosts a series of summer evening events for presentations of synthesis maps (complex systems maps) created in systemic design courses in OCAD University graduate programs.

  • The previous evening, June 8, we had three presentations.
  • This second evening, July 13, we're looking to have up to three presentations.

Synthesis maps are rich visualizations that illustrate the real-world complexity of systemic challenges, and typically used to not only “map system problems” but to propose design recommendations for systems change and policies (from health to public policy, from service experiences to social change) from evidence gathered in stakeholder research. Policymakers and organizational stakeholders use synthesis maps for strategic advising, long-term planning, and considering interventions for social and systemic challenges (wicked problems).

While we are still sorting out the final slate of presenters, we have confirmed:

  • "The Canadian Loonshot: The hewers of pixels and the drawers of data in service of the world", with Trevor Bell, Geoffrey Evany Hill, Nam Hoang, Ali Milad
  • "Putting the Dating in Online Dating", with Ireena Haque, Gulnar Joshi, Aneesha Kotti, Grayce Slobodian
  • [more to come]


  • The link for a Zoom conference will be sent upon registration on Eventbrite.
    • It's really too bad that we can't use the OCADU Visual Analytics Lab to meet in person!

Suggested pre-reading:

What are Synthesis Maps and Gigamaps? at https://slab.ocadu.ca/project/synthesis-maps-gigamaps


Post-meeting artifacts

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