In 2017 I pursued a +Acumen course in Systems Practice, a technique used to tackle “intractable” problems such as poverty, peace, and hunger. Convinced that gender equality is among those recalcitrant issues, I focused my certification project on the low representation of women in leadership roles in tech.
The result is my systems map of the Factors Accounting for the Low Representation of Women in Leadership Positions in Tech Companies, which explores the dynamic “forces” that make this problem worse and also those that mitigate it. The systems map identifies 11 crucial forces that worsen/alleviate this problem.
You can also access a short interactive presentation that describes each loop in the systems map. See below a preview of the vicious circle for Factor #6 Imitating male behaviors doesn’t pay off.
I’m very interested in this methodology as a visual aid to explain the complexity of the problem as well as the need for a multipronged approach to tackle it (i.e. no magic bullet, unfortunately).
Does this systems map resonate with you? What surprises you? What would you challenge? What do you think is missing?
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