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Map the System

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.

In partnership with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, GBSN invites faculty and staff across the network to bring Map the System to their students. There have been a handful of GBSN Institutions participate in Map the System to date, and we would love to extend this to as many partner members as possible as part of this partnership.

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 the Map the System approach.

Register your institution now via the Map the System website before 31 October 2021 and join a global community of social impact educators committed to providing students with transformational learning opportunities. Last year over 60 global educational institutions participated in Map the System across 6 continents

Institution registration is now open.

The final deadline to register your institution is Sunday, 31 October 2021. When GBSN Member Schools click to register, there will be an option to indicate your status as a GBSN member.

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 global 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

GBSN Network members are eligible for 50% fee reduction to participate in Map the System, with the introductory offer of participating in Map the System 2022 for £1000 (USD $1,350). The fee reduction is guaranteed for this year only.

Further fee reduction and sponsorship scheme

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is a non-profit, grant-funded, social innovation centre, however we have a limited amount of further fee waiver support available to provide bursaries and discounts to institutions to permit them to partake in the programme. We prioritise offering fee waivers to institutions in low or middle income countries to enable their students to participate in Map the System and for their staff to benefit from the network partnerships as well as providing access to our growing learning programme in the social impact and systems change space.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.

For questions regarding the institution participation fee or waiving of fees, please contact the Skoll Centre team at mapthesystem@sbs.ox.ac.uk or check out our FAQs on the website.