MAP THE SYSTEM

Map the System encourages a learning first approach to change making — one where people take the time to understand and build upon existing efforts before attempting something new; with the ultimate goal of driving transformational change.

DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM THAT YOU WOULD LIKE A GROUP OF STUDENTS TO RESEARCH?

We are looking for community partners to submit problems that students can use a systems-thinking approach to explore and understand. The student groups are tasked with understanding the problem and solutions that have been tried and then suggesting ways to intervene in the system to drive change. If interested, please share your problem and contact information below.

In 2022, the NDSU team explored the challenge of water access on the Navajo nation and won Second Place out of over 950 teams worldwide.

Photos courtesy of Oxford Photography

IMPORTANT DATES

  • December 1, 2022 – Deadline to submit a problem.
  • January 6, 2023 – Finalize teams
  • January 13, 2023  –
    Teams finalize the topics they want. to work on. Community partners are notified their problem has been selected. 
  • January 2023 – Community partner mentors team.
  • February 2023 – Community partner mentors team.
  • March 2023 – Community partner mentors team.
  • April 2023 – Community partner mentors team.
  • April 19, 2023 – Map the System – NDSU Final at the Problems to Possibilities Event, Barry Hall, Fargo, ND
  • May 8-16, 2023 – NDSU winning team participates in the Oxford, Skoll Center, virtual semi-finals

*Dates Subject to Change

Workshops for all participants will occur on the following dates: January 13, January 20, February 3, February 24, and March 10
Location: AG Hill 300
Time: 2-3:30 pm

  • December 1, 2022 – Deadline to submit a problem.
  • January 6, 2023 – Finalize teams
  • January 13, 2023  –
    Teams finalize the topics they want. to work on. Community partners are notified their problem has been selected.
  • January 2023 – Community partner mentors team.
  • February 2023 – Community partner mentors team.
  • March 2023 – Community partner mentors team.
  • April 2023 – Community partner mentors team.
  • April 19, 2023 – Map the System – NDSU Final at the Problems to Possibilities Event, Barry Hall, Fargo, ND
  • May 8-16, 2023 – NDSU winning team participate in the Oxford, Skoll Center, virtual semi-finals

*Dates Subject to Change

Interest Form

Use this format: “Our guiding star is a [name of system] that produces [desired condition].
Example 1: Our guiding star is a household financial model that empowers families to achieve sustainable financial health.
Example 2: Our guiding star is affordable and available childcare that leads to economic growth and sustainable family wages.
Name(Required)
Location(Required)

ARE YOU A STUDENT?