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Steve takes us on an inspirational whistle-stop tour of systems thinking, cartography, human nature and the European Union, and concludes that system maps could revolutionise our ability to understand and change the world, but only if we're prepared to challenge the most powerful maps of all - those in our heads.
Steve Whitla is the founder of Visual Meaning, a company that helps large organisations make sense of how they work, and how they need to change, using conceptual maps. His main passion is understanding how people make meaning, and using that understanding to make the world a more meaningful place. He lives and works in Oxford, and blogs about visual language at http://rich.pictures.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx