English or Dutch
For Whom
Anyone interested in tackling complexity through visualisation
By Whom
Philippe Vandenbroeck, shiftN

Mapping systems with Kumu

Learn how to visualise complex systems in a powerful mapping environment

On demand

System maps are a powerful tool to visualize complexity. This hands-on course helps participants to build skills in developing and using a specific format of system maps: causal-loop diagrams, also referred to as influence diagrams. This is a rigorous mapping approach that requires clearheaded thinking. It can be used to pursue multiple objectives:

  • Showing the ‘big picture’;
  • Illuminating the architecture of a complex system in terms of feedback loops and leverage points;
  • Stimulating multi-actor engagement and collaboration;
  • Integrating expert knowledge;
  • Communicating complex messages and stories;
  • Providing access to an evidence base;
  • Developing future scenarios;
  • Identifying options for intervention in the real world.

In this course we will rely on Kumu as a powerful, web-based environment to develop causal-loop diagrams. Participants will learn how to usethis rich mapping environment to craft complex, beautiful and richly documented system maps.


  • Maps as a tool to visualise complexity;
  • Overview of mapping approaches;
  • Building blocks: variables, connections and loops;
  • Reinforcing and balancing loops;
  • System archetypes;
  • Leverage points;
  • Building more complex maps. 

This program will be organised when 6 people have signed up. Date will be mutually agreed.