Map the System 2021

In 2021, Map the System had 56 international educational institutions taking part, with 38 finalist teams attending the Global Final in June.

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2nd place

Second place went to the National University of Singapore team, awarded the £3,000 prize plus the £1,000 Audience Choice Award for their examination of how Singapore's meritocratic educational system unintentionally exacerbates social inequality?

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3rd place

Third place was awarded to the University of Oxford team, who researched how Ghana lacks enabling infrastructures for youth to achieve successful careers in the arts. 

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Housing Affordability and Gentrification: A System’s View of Creative Destruction

Vanderbilt University

Runner up 

Runner up went to Vanderbilt University, who examined housing affordiblity and gentrification in the United States. 

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Modern Day Slavery: Sex Trafficking in

Wilfrid Laurier University 

Runner up 

Runner up went to Wilfrid Laurier University who researched modern day slavery in Canada, with particualr focus on the issue of sex trafficking. 

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How do we create climate resilient cities?

Hitotsubashi University

Runner up 

Runner up went to Hitotsubashi University, who researched the intersection and systems thinking underlying rising sea levels, disaster risk, and climate technology solutions to climate challenges in the context of sustainable and resilient cities.

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Homelessness in Salt Lake City

Utah Valley University

Runner up 

Runner up went to Utah Valley University who examined the homelessness issue in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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The Cambridgeshire Paradox

University College London

Runner up 

Runner up went to University College London, who explored food poverty in Cambridgeshire, UK.

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Nathania Aritao

Nathania Aritao (Tanya) is an artist, entrepreneur, and social justice advocate. She has over twelve years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, serving vulnerable groups such as children at risk, families living with chronic or terminal illnesses, survivors of trafficking and trauma, and migrant workers. 

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Shola Diop

Shola is Senior Impact Investment Analyst at Alinea Capital, an Australian based impact investment banking and advisory firm specialising in using blended finance to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia Pacific region.

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Tsechu Dolma

Tsechu Dolma is a 2020 Skoll Scholar from Kathmandu who specializes in agriculture, climate, and migrant rights. She is the Project Director at Intelligent Networks expanding JEDI strategies using AI and Machine Learning technologies to optimize household utilities. Tsechu is the founder of Mountain Resiliency Project, a social enterprise dedicated to strengthening agritech training for refugee women farmers in South Asia.

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Joe Hsueh

Joe has completed more than 60 systems mapping projects worldwide. Developing a participatory systems mapping methodology and an online tool to help corporations, foundations and governments co-develop systems change strategies with stakeholders.

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Josiane Smith

Josiane is the Partnerships and Growth Manager at SIX. Gathering market intelligence, building international ecosystems across government, university, corporate and philanthropic sectors and building capacity around systems thinking in context and practice.

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Dr Harley Pope

Dr Harley Pope is the Innovative Food Systems Teaching& Learning (IFSTAL) educational coordinator at the University of Reading. He also lectures on food security and development.
Harley is an interdisciplinary social scientist with wide-ranging research interests that consider how the ways in which we perceive the world impacts on our collective welfare and the wider environment.

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Sharon Zivkovic

Sharon is the Founder and CEO of Community Capacity Builders and Cofounder and Chief Innovation Officer at Wicked Lab. In partnership with government, Community Capacity Builders delivers active citizenship programs and a program for social entrepreneurs that takes a complex systems approach

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Gurpreet Singh

As a Sr. Analyst with the Evaluation & Learning team at the Skoll Foundation, Gurpreet supports the Foundation’s strategic learning & adaptation and contributes to its understanding of the systems it seeks to change. Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, Gurpreet contributed to the Evaluation & Learning and Organizational Effectiveness teams at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, as well as to multiple non-profit organizations, government agencies, and volunteer initiatives.

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