Drawing dynamics and adding nodes

Mapping Example

It’s time now to begin adding dynamics between the core nodes on your system map.

  • Remember to think of a dynamic as ‘more of X leads to more of Y’.
  • When connecting nodes, make sure you have covered the logical steps between them. 
    For instance: lack of education doesn’t directly lead to poor health outcomes. There are steps in between (e.g. lower-paid jobs, lower income, etc.).
  • Add additional nodes to represent other elements in the system and increase resolution.
  • To add nodes, start by looking at an existing node and asking the simple question – what causes this? That will be your next node. Then ask – what results from this? That’s another node.