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The System Dynamics Society office will be closed Thursday and Friday November 27-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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The Society’s annual international conference is held alternately in North America and Europe, with occasional appearances in Asia and the Pacific Rim. These conferences, and the meetings of local chapters and interest groups… (read on)

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The System Dynamics Society is an international, nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the development and use of System Dynamics and systems thinking around the world. With members in seventy countries, the Society provides a forum in which researchers, educators, consultants, and practitioners in the corporate and public sectors interact to introduce newcomers to the field, keep abreast of current developments, and build on each other’s work.
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Members are invited speakers at Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference

Allyson Beall, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of the Environment, Washington State University and Peter Hovmand, Director, Social System Design Lab, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis have been invited to speak at the Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference. This conference will be held in early June at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Michigan. Allyson Beall’s presentation title is “Staying the Course: Collaborative Modeling as an Adaptive Process Over Time” and Peter Hovmand’s will talk about “Community Based System Dynamics: Lessons from the Field.”

The conference is accepting papers, demonstrations and posters on:
• Trans-disciplinary (linked) modeling that involves the integration of knowledge and practice across disciplines,
• Participatory modeling that involves stakeholders from a wide range of sectors in conceptualizing, representing, and managing complex problems, and
• Quantitative systems modeling techniques including, but not limited to, system dynamics modeling, social network analysis, and agent-based modelling.

The Call for Proposals deadline is December 19, 2014. For more information about the invited speakers’ topics and to learn more about the conference, please visit their conference website.

November 14-15, 2014 – Shanghai, China: The second System Dynamics Academic Forum for Postgraduates was hosted by Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Shanghai, Nov 14-15, 2014. The forum received about 80 papers submitted by postgraduate students and young scholars from more than 15 universities and institutes. 57 of the submitted papers were accepted by the committee after refereeing. This forum brought the present members together for a high-quality two-day conference with two keynote speeches delivered by Professor Xu LI from Fudan University and Professor Enzo Binova from the University of Palermo. After paper presentation and communication in two parallel sessions, where invited eminent scholars in SD area made sublime comments, the awards ceremony was held on the closing ceremony. The forum offered an extensive and in-depth examination into the academics and application of system dynamics.

Member Didier Cumenal appointed Head of Dynamic Systems Group at AFSCET

AFSCET (French Association of Systems Science Cognitive and Technical Cybernetics) represents the French community systemic to the European Union of Systems (UES). It was founded in 1999 by Lucien Mehl, State Councilor, who died in 2005. Today, it is chaired by François Dubois, Full Professor (Applied Mathematics) at the “Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris” and member of the Laboratory of Structural Mechanics and Systems. AFSCET’s mission is to be a place where exchanges may take place with practices and lessons from diverse backgrounds. These exchanges are based on the systemic–the thought process from Information Theory and Cybernetics. Transdisciplinarity, the integration of major societal debates and thinking about the prospective are at the heart of the concerns of AFSCET. The Association invites all members who wish to participate in these discussions and thoughts. Three working groups are currently active:

  • AFSCET Café
  • Modeling of Complex Systems
  • System Dynamics (Think Tank)

“System Dynamics (Think Tank)” group is facilitated by Dr. Didier CUMENAL (Paris Sorbonne Ph.D., former Dean of the Faculty). He regularly publishes research on System Dynamics and is a long-time member of the System Dynamics Society. The primary mission of the group “System Dynamics Thinking” of AFSCET is to reactivate the dynamics systems in France. To this end, we will conduct several actions:

  • Learning the system dynamics (method, tools) to expand the vision of our economic and social environment.
  • Share with managers and academics, experience in system dynamics models.

The Association organizes conferences, workshops, discussions, seminars, devoted to the exploration of theories and systemic practices. It broadcasts all of its work with researchers, professionals and students, by means of the Internet and / or paper publications.

Climate Interactive analysis of the new US-China climate agreement

The United States and China just announced a new climate deal. China President Xi Jinping made the commitment that China would stop its emissions from growing by 2030, and President Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. The Climate Interactive team analyzed the impact of the new climate agreement between the US and China: Breaking Analysis US China Climate Deal.

It has been picked up so far by the Associated Press and Climate Progress.

One of the advantages of the C-ROADS model is that it runs essentially instantly, so the minute news of the agreement broke, the CI team could begin to analyze the likely impacts on climate change and get the results out to the world in less than 24 hours.

For more on Climate Interactive, including access to the C-ROADS and En-ROADS models so you can try your own scenarios, see

European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) study programme

The European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) is a two-year study programme provided by four European universities: Bergen, Lisbon, Palermo and Nijmegen. In this scientifically and practically oriented programme, students are taught two complementary sets of knowledge and skills: analytical modelling and group facilitation.

The deadline for applications of potential students for classes starting end August 2015 in Bergen is 1st December 2014 (at least if you want to apply for a scholarship—without, a later application is possible). Please spread the word! More information:

System Dynamics Review Early View

An early view article of System Dynamics Review is now available online. It is a “notes and insights” article titled “‘Model’ teaching II: Examples for the early stages” written by George P. Richardson.

The Balaton Group Creates Book List

The Balaton Group, a nonprofit organization founded long ago by Dana and Dennis Meadows and dedicated to promoting sustainability using systems thinking and other methods, has created a page on their website listing the (many!) books written by the members. It’s quite useful and you will find both important System Dynamics works as well as a wide range of works addressing the many dimensions of sustainability, from scholarly research to children’s books. Many thanks to Gillian Martin Mehers and all the Balaton folks who contributed and assembled the list.

Member Christian Erik Kampmann wins Teacher of the Year at Copenhagen Business School

Member Christian Erik Kampmann, who received his PhD in System Dynamics at MIT Sloan, teaches innovation, sustainability and System Dynamics at Copenhagen Business School, the leading business school in Denmark. Christian was awarded Teacher of the Year at the Copenhagen Business School.

Congratulations to Christian on this impressive achievement!

Bibliography Highlights for November

Right wing, left wing? Democracy has been an effective and successful political system from the 5th century BC to today. Is it running into trouble? Here are some articles in the System Dynamics Bibliography about democracy. Please take a look!

Author Year Title Journal
Ilya Prigogine 1986 Science, Civilization and Democracy: Values, systems, structures and affinities Futures
Khalid Saeed 1986 The dynamics of economic growth and political instability in developing countries System Dynamics Review
P.H. Gurian, E. Euel,
D. Everett
1996 An application of Nonlinear Dynamics to the [US] Presidential Nomination Process Behavioral Science
N. C. Georgantzas,
G.D. Contogeorgis
2012 Societal metamorphosis via authentic democracy principles Human Systems Management
K. Hyunjung, R.H. MacDonald, D. Andersen 2013 Simulation and managerial decision making: A double-loop learning framework Public Administration Review
Khalid Saeed, O. Pavlov,
J. Skorinko, A. Smith
2014 Farmers, bandits and soldiers: a generic system for addressing peace agendas System Dynamics Review

Member Tiru Arthanari Awarded the 2014 International Anassilaos Prize “Renato Calapso”

Every year the CULTURAL ASSOCIATION ANASSILAOS, through a panel of judges made up of distinguished representatives of the sciences and arts on both the Italian and European levels, confers awards on individuals or groups/institutions that have made outstanding contributions in the fields of the Arts, Culture, Economics and the Sciences. The award list has been expanded to include the John Paul II Peace Award. This year the prize, which was instituted in honour of the twentieth-century Italian geometer Renato Calapso, has been awarded to System Dynamics Society member Tiru Arthanari. The award is in recognition of Tiru’s contributions to combinatorial optimization, constrained optimization formulations of statistical problems, and mathematical modelling of many practical problems including that of modelling co-opetition among New Zealand growers. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday November 8, 2014 in Reggio Calabria, Italy at the Auditorium “Nicola Calipari” of the Palace of Consiglio Regionale della Calabria, at the presence of the highest Representatives of Italian Republic and under their official patronage. Congratulations Tiru on this award!

New issue of System Dynamics Review Available

The latest issue of System Dynamics Review is available on Wiley Online Library. This issue of System Dynamics Review includes research articles “Do markets mitigate misperceptions of feedback? (pages 123–160)” by Christian Erik Kampmann and John D. Sterman, “Managerial influence on the diffusion of innovations within intra-organizational networks (pages 161–185)” by Philipp Wunderlich, Andreas Größler, Nicole Zimmermann, and Jac A. M. Vennix, and “Sensitivity analysis of graphical functions (pages 186–205)” by Sibel Eker, Jill Slinger, Els van Daalen, and Gönenç Yücel. Articles in this issue also include a “notes and insights” article “Interactive web-based simulations for strategy and sustainability: The MIT Sloan LearningEdge management flight simulators, Part II (pages 206–231)” by John Sterman.

Updated Submission Guidelines and Tentative Schedule

The Africa Chapter of the System Dynamics Society is organizing its 1st International workshop on System Dynamics, Big Data and Cloud Computing with the main theme “Transformation for Sustainable Development” in Kenya on 12-13 January 2015. There is new and updated information about submission guidelines, the tentative schedule and more available via this link: Call for Workshop Papers. The paper submission deadline is November 15, 2014.

Waters Foundation Systems Thinking in Schools Newsletter

The October 2014 Waters Foundation Systems Thinking in Schools newsletter is now available online. In this issue you can read about how the Waters Foundation team has been busy supporting districts in New York, Wisconsin, Oregon and California in building their systems thinking capacity. Also read about the Project Based Learning workshop held this past summer in Tucson, Arizona, where teachers experienced with systems thinking tools and habits were able to further refine their skills at creating authentic, relevant learning opportunities for students. Also making news is the exciting completion of a 3-year systems thinking capacity-building plan for Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools that came to an impressive closure this past June.

New Feature: Language Field in the Bibliography

We now have a field so that references in our Bibliography can be searched by language. We invite those of you who wish to submit journal articles, books, chapters in books, and other forms of references to do so in your native language.

As always, we are looking for new references or references that have not yet been included in our Bibliography. If you have references that you would like to share with us, please send them to

The Bibliographic Updates page lists recent additions to the System Dynamics Bibliography. This list is updated whenever new submissions are received.

The third update of the 2014 Bibliography is now available. It can be viewed in text format (Notepad) as well as a tab delimited format (database compatible). For those who have EndNote X or higher, there is a compressed version. Instructions may be found on the Download page.

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