Below is a selection of tools that may help in your adoption of systems thinking:


Kumu is a simple and powerful platform for creating causal loop diagrams, stakeholder landscapes, power maps, and more. Kumu lets you unfold a diagram step-by-step, including additional data and narrative for each of the elements, connections, and loops in your map. Below is an example of a causal loop diagram built by the Hewlett Foundation to better understand the dynamics driving the US democratic system. Click on the image to be taken to the full, interactive map.


Kumu is free for public and educational use and private projects start at $9 per month. You can sign up for Kumu by visiting

Insight Maker

Insight Maker lets you express your thoughts using rich pictures and causal loop diagrams. It then lets you turn these diagrams into powerful simulation models. All this happens right in your browser, for free.


No download needed, just sign up for a free account and get started now.