Introduction to Influence Maps:

Visualizing the Stories of Our Changed Agents


This book has developed out of the experiences and storytellings happened at The Temenos Effect Gathering, Bengaluru, India. We are very grateful to the facilitators and participants for the insightful engagements and dialogues.

Gratitude to our earliest collaborators and pioneers in Influence Mapping - Sri Parthasarathy, Pascal Pinck, Andrea Chiou, Marian Willeke, Olaf Lewitz, Christine Neidhardt, Michael Sahota, Jim Sutton, Tanya Brown, and so many other dear friends and colleagues.

Introduction to Influence Maps: Visualizing the Stories of Our Changed Agents

We would like to include a special note thanks to Siraj Sirajuddin, Susan Gibson, Tathagat Varma, Silvana Wasitova, Padma Satyamurthy, Amitabh Mendiratta, Scott Downs, and Niranjan Nerlige for addressing the sessions of the gathering. All of your hard work and support helped us to write this book.


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“Our view of reality is like a map with which to negotiate the terrain of life. If the map is true and accurate, we will generally know where we are, and if we have decided where we want to go, we will generally know how to get there. If the map is false and inaccurate, we generally will be lost. While this is obvious, it is something that most people to a greater or lesser degree choose to ignore. They ignore it because our route to reality is not easy. First of all, we are not born with maps; we have to make them, and the making requires effort. The more effort we make to appreciate and perceive reality, the larger and more accurate our maps will be. But many do not want to make this effort. Some stop making it by the end of adolescence. Their maps are small and sketchy, their views of the world narrow and misleading. By the end of middle age most people have given up the effort. They feel certain that their maps are complete and their Weltanschauung is correct (indeed, even sacrosanct), and they are no longer interested in new information. It is as if they are tired. Only a relative and fortunate few continue until the moment of death exploring the mystery of reality, ever enlarging and refining and redefining their understanding of the world and what is true.”

M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

About Temenos+Agility

Temenos+Agility is a boutique Organizational Development consulting firm dedicated to the research and application of deep Organizational and Personal Transformation approaches and tools. These methods, models and tools are rooted in Organizational Development, Systems Thinking, Jungian Psychology, Agile and other transformation processes.

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