Step 01DEFINE SYSTEM BOUNDARY
Before you begin mapping, decide on the specific ecosystem or problem you want to analyse. Define its boundaries and scope, keeping in mind that this may change as you uncover new insights during the mapping process.
Step 02LIST ACTORS AND ELEMENTS
Brainstorm and list all the significant actors and elements within the chosen ecosystem. Actors can include individuals or organisations that influence or are influenced by the system. Elements are the resources, infrastructure, or other components within the system.
Step 03DETERMINE RELATIONSHIPS
Consider how they interact, influence, and depend on each other. Some relationships may be hierarchical, while others may be collaborative or competitive. Draw lines or arrows to represent these connections, using different colours or symbols to indicate the nature of the relationships.
Step 04VISUALISE THE MAP
Create a visual representation of the ecosystem by placing stakeholders and elements on a large sheet of paper, whiteboard, or digital canvas. Arrange them in a way that reflects their relationships and connections.
Step 05IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES
With the completed ecosystem map in front of you, analyse the system for potential leverage points, gaps, or areas of opportunity. Look for places where a small change might have a significant impact on the entire system or where collaboration between stakeholders could lead to improvements.