This is an exercise that helps you to look at the boundaries of the system in which you operate. It considers:
- the long term trends that continue to shape the system
- the nature of the current way in which the system operates
- the emerging and niche, innovative initiatives
Seeing these all together enables you to see how they interact and influence each other. You can identify hypothetical patterns and relationships between them, and build a shared understanding of how you fit into the landscape, and the most promising areas for intervention.
It is important to see how you relate to different levels of the system in which you, and your organisations, or chosen issue, operate. Where your biggest influences are coming from, and give sight about what influences you might be less aware of, or what might be emerging that you can learn from and even stay ahead of.
You will need a large printout or drawing of this worksheet: Systemic Design Toolkit framing the system