Enabling Systems Innovation

Idiagram delivers tools and processes
to drive systems change – working with
our clients to create collective
understanding and action.

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What we do

Idiagram is a small consulting firm focused on helping our clients and partners address complex systemic problems.  We provide systems-thinking theory, tools and processes to address ‘collective action problems’ – where collaborative innovation and alignment across diverse stakeholders is required to accelerate scale and impact.

Our mission is to unleash the power of our collective-intelligence; using collaborative system-mapping as a tool to open up new spaces for innovation, and enable more rapid progress on the pressing systemic issues we face.  We work in close partnership with our clients – corporations, foundations, governments, NGOs, consultants – to foster deep evidence-based understanding, effective collaboration, and coherent action.


We provide a mix of services tailored to each particular project’s requirements:

Research –
System Analysis & Synthesis

Via desk research and interviews, we assist in defining the problem, and in compiling the ‘evidence-base’ that describes how the system works, and where it fails. We then integrate that information into a wholistic view of the system’s structure and dynamics.

System Mapping

Our primary area of expertise is in applying systems mapping as a tool for integrating our shared knowledge and collaboratively generating more innovative and effective solutions. System mapping can serve variously as a tool for knowledge management, as a catalyst for deep knowledge-based strategic conversations, as hub for collaboration, and as a means to effectively communicate sophisticated ideas.

Collaboration & Communication

We help facilitate strategic conversations and workshops; building shared understanding, trust, ownership, and the commitment to move forward together. As we move from strategy-making to implementation, we re-deploy the maps to communicate the vision to a wider audience.

Application Areas

The systems tools we use are quite general purpose; applicable wherever there is complex knowledge to visualize, and/or a diverse group of people who must work together towards a common solution. However, we feel this approach is most relevant to – and we have a particular expertise in – the broad area of advancing new sustainable and equitable economic models: sustainable finance, production, and consumption, new business models, natural capital and commons management, etc.

Thinking systemically
Thinking together

Engaging the people who
must be part of the solution
with the system and with each other.