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Map & Visualize Circular Ecosystem (Kumu)

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A tool that allows dynamic mapping and visualization of your circular ecosystem, including stakeholders, individuals and circular initiatives and projects. If you are not yet familiar with Kumu, you are about to discover the next generation of tools to make sense of your messy world!


Mapping actors and stakeholders that have a stake in the transition to circular and regenerative cities is widely recognised as a fundamental step. However, you don’t need to map them only, but also to understand how they are connected in the system.

By using Kumu, you can bring your stakeholders mapping to the next level, making it powerfully visual and dynamic. The insights you can get from this tool may be critical for any engagement or awareness-raising strategies!


1. If you are not yet a Kumu user, you need to register here. Kumu offers both free and pay plans.

2. Define your mapping criteria. We suggest you to do it first in a spreadsheet, so that you can also brainstorm on criteria with your team. This is often the most difficult part of the job, as your criteria and definitions should be solid, reliable and clear in order to reveal meaningful insights. Download an example of spreadhseet that you can use as a basis to map circular initiatives, actors and organisations.

3. Once your spreadsheet is ready, create a project in Kumu and import the spreadsheet. Kumu offers different types of maps, but if you are mapping a relational ecosystem (i.e. actors, organisations, persons, initiatives, for example), the ‘stakeholder’ template is definitely yours!

4. Play with the settings to visualise connections! for example, you can visualise your elements in the map per sectors, skills, location, etc. It all depends on the categories you initially set!

5. Build on the map over time. You can do it directly on Kumu or through the spreadsheet; you don’t run the risk of overwriting data! If you can also rely on some coding expertise, you can easily integrate your Kumu map with a website.