June 14 (the second Monday of the month) is the 91sh meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite at https://synthesis-map-expo-2021-1.eventbrite.ca.

Synthesis Map Expo 2021 (#1), 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.

  • This first evening, June 14, we have three presentations.

  • The second evening, July 12, we're considering to have another three presentations.

  • The third evening, August 9, we're holding if there is more interest

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 are expecting:

  • Emerging Possibilities for Users in a Web 3.0 Social Media Ecology

    • Aimee Burnett, Alyssa Yuhas, Eduardo Alarcon, Emily Stover, Steph Marcil

  • Social Purpose Economy in Canada

    • Elisa Arnold, Tejashri Kapura, Elizabeth Lane, Zemina Meghji and Emily Rho

  • Why We Buy – A systems study of consumerism

    • Amy Morell, Nicole Brkic, Alejandra Farias Fornes, Martha Chomyn, and Razane Hanna


  • The link for a Zoom conference will be sent upon preregistration.

  • 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.