Pentagonal map for system analysis (Group version)

Estimated Time
90 minutes
Resource Type
TIPC Region

A step-by-step Miro tool, designed for group use, that will help a team to understand actors, materials and rules within a system, in order to identify a dominant regime.

This tool is designed to be used by small groups in an online workshop setting. Facilitators should take a copy of the board for each group and encourage participants to work through the step-by-step instructions in relation to a partner system. Facilitators can develop the board further to tailor it to use in a particular context. An alternative version is available for use by an individual as a reflective exercise.



Inspired by from tools in the EIT Climate KIC Visual toolbox for System Innovation by Cristian Matti and Javier de Vicente (including the socio-technical systems tool, pentagonal problem and actor tree) and the work of TIPC members and partners using these tools at the 2019 Transformative Innovation Learning Journey.


Ghosh, B., Shaw, V., Steinmueller, E., Zinkstock, E. (2022) Pentagonal map for system analysis (Group version). Available at

Facilitators Instructions

Important: Duplicating the tool

This resource is a Master version of the tool. To use it, you will need to duplicate it to your own Miro account.

How to duplicate the Board

  • First, make sure you have your own Miro account. Researchers may be able to access a free educational plan for staff at educational institutions
  • Click on the ‘download’ link to access the Lab master board
  • Then click on the title
  • Click ‘duplicate’ – this will open another board with ‘Copy’ in the title
  • Rename the tool and save the URL

You will need to complete this process for each board. If you are using a tool with multiple groups, you can either: (a) create a different board for each group or (b) copy the tool multiple times on the same board. We recommend (b) to avoid confusion over board links.

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