Pentagonal map for system analysis (Individual version)

Estimated Time
90 minutes
Resource Type
TIPC Region

A step-by-step Miro tool, designed for individual use, that will help you to understand actors, materials and rules within a system, in order to identify a dominant regime. This tool does not require facilitation, as it has been designed for use by an individual as a reflective exercise. An alternative version is available for group workshop use.



Inspired by 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 (Individual 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.

If you are new to Miro, there is a short intro here.

If you accidentally change the Resource Lab Master, don’t worry! – please leave a message in the feedback section below and the Lab team will be able to update it.

One thought on “Pentagonal map for system analysis (Individual version)

  1. I believe this is a good simple tool that allows people to understand which is the system in which they are working on. I would include instead of materials, I would add materials/resources to make it more conscient as well on the environmental challenges we are facing globally. Moreover, even when it is a simple tool, it still requires the facilitation of people who have knowledge of systems and the understanding of why thinking in systems is relevant.

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