Social System Mapping is an expanded version of Network Mapping
that is emerging from the increased functionality of the combination of
sumApp and Kumu.
It's a mash-up of system mapping, social network mapping, asset mapping, stakeholder mapping and more.
Human beings and their own self-reporting are at the core of Social System Mapping, but at the same time - the social network is not isolated from the systemic forces that the humans in the system impact and are impacted by, and the systemic forces in the system are not de-personalized. It's humans, relationships, systemic forces - all together.
Learn more from this 17 minute video:
Social System Mapping is one genre of the new visual language that is developing out of the
intersection of data-visualization, network science and systems
thinking. We hope it can become a tool as useful to understanding and
engaging with the invisible dynamics of human networks and systems, as
geographical mapping is to understanding and navigating the physical
And THAT will require a whole lot of us to learn, use, and then teach the new language.
We invite you to be part of that discovery process!
The original network visualization tools (as well as, perhaps, the underlying scientific research goals they were designed to serve) imposed constraints on a Social Network Analysis project that no longer apply when using sumApp and Kumu together. ...
Social System Mapping involves the use of two online platforms, sumApp and Kumu. sumApp You'll need a sumApp account to gather your network data. You can start a free 1 month trial here. You can learn more about the sumApp tiers here. sumApp is ...
Social system mapping (SSM) is a new mapping practice that can present on the surface a sloppy mash-up of better-established and more-well-groomed methodologies. It was not pre-conceived, pre-defined, pre-justified & pre-proven. Rather, it is ...
It Needs to Be a True CollaborationSocial System Mapping is more of an art than a science. It's an art of 'process' that starts with understanding the purpose or aims of a collaborative/action/intentional network, then learning what kinds of other- ...