Dear community -

We are building a systems map to identify leverage points for pilots in our community with the goal of identifying the places in our community where we should invest the most resources to provide healing for community members with unaddressed trauma. 

We’ve done 68 meetings, 11 community workshops to involve 142 community members to build this map.

Our ask: Please take 25 minutes to review the map and send us your feedback/thoughts

Options to consume the map:

  1. Watch our screencast (10 min video):
  2. View our online presentation (click through):
  3. View the map itself (click through):


Please post your responses here:

  1. Click here and type your responses OR email us your thoughts


Please share this map with anyone who you think will enjoy providing feedback and get value from it.

Thank you,

Seth & Vichi

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Seth, First of all, what an amazing product you and Vichi have designed.  I love a map and this one is so comprehensive and reflective of the incredible work you are doing.  So I guess the answer to the first question is that I resonate with maps. And the interactive aspect is engaging.  My individual problem with it was that I was viewing it on my iPad so I could not maneuver through it as easily as I would have liked.  And for some reason, I couldn’t figure out how to access the stories on the left side of the screen.  I could only read your Legend page.

I appreciated the video which offered me a good description of how to read the map.  From a design standpoint, it’s a lot to take in visually and interpret without careful examination.  Not a big drawback—and it may be the limitations of being on my iPad—but I would have appreciated larger + and - to better determine the impact of the described feature. And it just may be my own interpretative limitations but can I go in a minus direction to understand something, or is the plus direction the only way to read it?

Another thought: Could you also create just a written “map” by listing the individual story titles with the contributing elements beneath—almost in outline style? It would be another way some might find the information more accessible if maps like yours don’t grab them or seem like too much visual work.

I can’t tell you enough how impressed I am with your work that is so grounded in face-to-face interviews with community members.  I imagine you will be presenting some version of this at our AHEC conference in June.  Frankly, I think I just need to vacate my panel spot and give over to you guys completely! Great work.

Nothing but praise Seth! From another design-thinker that now advocates for trauma-informed schools, I was a little surprised when I started to build systems in schools three years ago to find an absence of this human-centric approach using empathy as the compass. It just makes sense!

After you catch your breathe on this project, I would love to see this work lead to a Resiliency/Empowerment Map with an executive summary or strategic planning guide "Call for Actions" for communities to use as their roadmap. I'm guessing you already have this suggestion as one of your remaining post-its hanging on your office wall 

Thanks again!



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