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Sustainability Problem Landscapes Matrix

Inspire teams to think more broadly of innovation across People, Planet, Profit & Progress

Explorer Labs Sustainability Problem Landscapes Matrix Canvas
See if you’re ready to address Wicked Problems or not?
Are you geared more towards making Systemic Shifts?
Do you focus more on Quick Wins?
Are you undertaking tech driven innovation?

What does it do?

Allows you to map your existing innovation capabilities against the kinds of challenges you’re able to solve for. Make sure to take our 5 min Sustainable Business Readiness Test before using this tool. Your assessment score will help you best use this tool.

  • Foster critical discussions about what your innovation capabilities can actually do
  • See where you are now, and where you need to develop in the future
  • Feed-in your Sustainable Business Assessment score to see where to evolve next
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When to use it

This matrix tool is very useful to diagnose where your innovation and business design capabilities are currently at and where they fall short. Particularly when trying to tackle much more complex problem spaces with vast amounts of stakeholders.

Oftentimes customer centric or human centered design (HCD) approaches fail to address more complex systems level or entire value chain level needs and problems.

This tool helps figure out where you are, what it is currently optimised for and how it needs to evolve in the future.

How to use it


Make sure to complete our Sustainable Business Readiness Assessment Test (take 5 mins) before using this tool.


Take your assessment score and map it onto this matrix tool to understand where you’re currently at.


Think about your sustainable business strategy and where you need to get to, to realise your strategy.


Get in touch with us below, to discuss how we can level-up your innovation and business design capabilities to tackle even more complex innovation challenges like Wicked Problems and sustainability issues.

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