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Workshop Systems Thinking/Group Model Building

Postby Etiënne Rouwette » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:21 am

Workshop Systems Thinking/Group Model Building
20 and 21 April 2015
Systemisches Zentrum, Wiesbaden, Germany

Offered by the Nijmegen School of Management and the DGSD Deutsche Gesellschaft für System Dynamics e. V.

This two days programme led by experts in the field of group model building is an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field and build your expertise. The emphasis is on developing skills through hands-on exercises. Sessions will employ model building individually and in groups as well as management flight simulators to build system dynamics competencies.

For more information please contact Ms. N. Cornelissens at or +31 24 361 1608.

Looking forward to meeting,

Prof. Florian Kapmeier, Reutlingen University
Prof. Etiënne Rouwette, Radboud University Nijmegen
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Intermediate Dynamic Modeling II online course

Postby Karim Chichakly » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:35 am

Experience a Breakthrough in Your Modeling

Intermediate Dynamic Modeling II
Join us for course 6 of From Systems Thinking to Dynamic Modeling

Live Webinar Series:
Begins Tuesday, March 10, 2015
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM EDT (New York Time)

Presented by:
Karim Chichakly, isee systems, inc.

Cross the finish line with the sixth and final course in our new modeling series

Learning how to model on your own? Why not save time and take Intermediate Dynamic Modeling II? No travel required!

This course ties all of the concepts from earlier classes into a single modeling project around health care and social security. As each 55-minute class unfolds, you'll learn the ins and outs of model creation and analysis. Each class is followed with a question and answer session with Dr. Chichakly and an online forum will be available for discussion and support afterwards. Online access to class recordings, sample STELLA/iThink models, handouts, and homework assignments are included to cement your learning. Sessions will focus on key topics according to the following schedule:

    Class 1: Framing the Problem
    Class 2: Expanding the Boundary
    Class 3: Closing the Loops
    Class 4: Policy Analysis
To learn more about the course or to register, visit or email
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The System Dynamics Africa Chapter News

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:12 pm

The System Dynamics Africa Chapter held its 1st ever International Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya from 11th and 13th January, 2015. The workshop focused on Systems Dynamics, Big Data and Cloud Computing with the theme “Transformation for sustainable development.” The workshop came just one year after the African Chapter was formed. As such, it accorded the chapter, the opportunity to build its capacity in creating awareness of System Dynamics and its applications in solving pressing societal challenges across Africa and elsewhere in the world. The workshop attracted interests of System Dynamics members, researchers and practitioners in sustainable development and PhD candidates who are interested in System Dynamics as a problem solving approach from across the globe. There were three keynote speeches and 14 papers plenary papers presented at the workshop.

The keynote speakers were Dr. Kim Warren (Chairman of Strategy Dynamics Ltd- UK); Dr. Charles Macal (Director Argonne National Laboratory- USA); and Ddembe Williams (President System Dynamics Africa Chapter). We also held a high level panelists Dr. Titus Olaniyi, Prof. Tim Waema, Dr. J. Muthee, Dr. Marcel Castro- Sitiriche, Eng. Simon Thuo, Prof. Paulo Gonclaves, Prof. Ddembe Williams and Dr. Ignacio Martinez and all the workshop presenters. The panel discussed ways to advance SD and data analytics.

During the workshop emphasis was laid on the diverse ways of leveraging System Dynamics methodology to dissect and simplify Big Data and complex societal issues to the benefit of policy makers and users in different areas. The System Dynamics Methodology was explored in different fields and faculties including solving complex health, environment, education, engineering, governance, energy, agriculture, socio-econo-political frontiers among other fields of academic and professional.

The workshop is a start of a series of annual workshops that will be organised by the System Dynamics Africa Chapter. The 2nd International Workshop for the Africa Chapter is scheduled to take place 11th to 12th January, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. We look forward to welcoming you to the workshop!
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System Dynamics and Innovation Management (SDIM)

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:29 pm

SDIM Announcement: System Dynamics and Innovation Management (SDIM)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new graduate program in System Dynamics and Innovation Management (SDIM). Students may choose to pursue a Certificate, dual Bachelor’s/Master’s and Master’s degrees. Curriculum includes management courses offered by WPI Foisie School of Business and courses in system dynamics taught by the faculty in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. This program is open to residential and on-line students.

WPI has offered undergraduate and graduate courses in system dynamics since 1997. WPI Foisie School of Business is ranked #1 Part-Time MBA in the Northeast and #16 in the U.S. by Businessweek.

Queries about the SDIM program should be sent to:

Professor Khalid Saeed, Social Science and Policy Studies Department
SDIM Program Director (
Professor Michael Elmes, Foisie School of Business
SDIM Program Co-Director (
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Join us in San Diego for Intermediate Dynamic Modeling

Postby Karim Chichakly » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:25 pm

"Intermediate Dynamic Modeling" takes your knowledge to the next level

Dates: February 5-6, 2015
Location: San Diego Training and Conference Center, San Diego, CA

Special discounts: 20% for education

Develop skills and expertise with advanced features of STELLA® and iThink®

This two-day workshop is case-based, focused, and very hands-on. Faculty will use a wide variety of case studies as vehicles for addressing key dynamic modeling topics and advanced software functionality. Participants will have ample time to work on projects of their own choosing, with instructors available for conceptualization, implementation, and technical assistance.

Space is limited so sign up today!

To learn more or register online, visit or call (603) 448-4990.

Download Registration Form: ... ration.pdf
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Radboud Summer School: Dynamic Business Models

Postby Andreas Groessler » Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:29 am

Etiënne Rouwette and myself will offer a one-week summer school course on Dynamic Business Models (10-14 August 2015) at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Target audience are novices to system dynamics with an interest in business applications.
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Online SD Courses for Math and Science Instructors

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:18 pm

Three Online Introductory System Dynamics Courses for Math and Science Instructors

Starting in the Summer of 2015 the first two of a three introductory course sequence for math and science instructors will be offered online through Portland State University. The graduate-level 3-credit courses include Basic Models, More Advanced Models and Building Original Models from the News. The courses will run for ten weeks over the summer. Instructor Diana Fisher teaches “Environmental Math Modeling” to undergraduate students at Portland State University using System Dynamics and has recently finished teaching a System Dynamics mini-course at the Northwest Math Conference (NWMC) in Portland this past October. For more information on this and other courses, please visit the Courses website.
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Chris Soderquist's New Webinar: Building Products with Impac

Postby Karim Chichakly » Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:56 pm

Greetings from New Hampshire!

Just this morning there were flurries descending from the New England skies. Although winter is approaching quickly here, I am looking forward to a webinar series I’ll soon deliver in partnership with isee systems. In fact, I’m more excited about Building Products with Impact than any webinar I have facilitated…and there are many reasons.

First, I’ll be co-presenting with some amazing colleagues (and friends) who have several combined decades successfully applying systems thinking tools to facilitate strategic learning and performance improvement. My colleagues and I will show you how tools and resources you can create with the STELLA/iThink software have been used to build the strategic understanding needed to create dramatic improvement in diverse fields: health, education, environmental policy, as well as multiple business sectors. You’ll learn from practitioners at health and educational policy centers, business schools, and universities. You’ll learn how these tools have even been used by legislators to better understand public policy. Follow the link at the end of this email to learn more about some of my amazing co-presenters and some of the topics we’ll discuss.

Second, most people only have limited experience with one type of systems thinking tool or resource: a systems map, a management flight simulator, or a game. In this series, you’ll see the full range of tools and resources you can create – and get a much more comprehensive understanding of what you can do with STELLA/iThink.

You’ll learn how to use STELLA/iThink to create effective:

  • Systems Thinking Maps
  • Management Flight Simulators and Dashboards
  • Learning Laboratories
  • Games
  • And more!
But the most important reason to attend this webinar may be how it will help expand your understanding of the many reasons why using systems thinking tools and resources can help you achieve fundamental improvement – in understanding and impact. And by understanding the many reasons why, you’ll be in a better position to choose how you’ll use STELLA/iThink.

We’ll not only show you the above, but provide tips and techniques for achieving maximum success. You’ll also learn what not to do. And we’ll provide opportunities for you to learn from other participants. The range of experience we’ll bring together from multiple disciplines will be a unique benefit of attending this webinar.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And if you can think of others who might also have an interest in this webinar, please pass this email along. The more participants, the more experience we’ll be able to bring to the sessions. I wish you well!

Take care,


Here’s the link to the webinar description and my contact information:

Chris Soderquist, Pontifex Consulting
cell: (603) 276-0203
office: (603) 653-0228

A paper and video about the Georgia Health Policy Center’s legislative program

An example tool in education policy ... cing-loops

If you have any questions about the webinar, please email or call (603) 448-4990.
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Submission Deadline EXTENDED

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:46 pm

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: 1st International Workshop on System Dynamics, Big Data and Cloud Computing

Dear Colleague,

Due to several requests, the System Dynamics Africa Chapter Programme Committee has extended the workshop submission deadline by 10days.

Submission for papers is now due on: 25 November, 2014.

Thank you for your submissions to date, we look forward to the review process.

Please let us know if you have any questions or clarification at:

Best regards,

Ddembe Williams,

System Dynamics Africa Chapter.

In case this is new to you...

The theme of the conference is "Transformation for Sustainable Development” and the workshop will be held at the Safari Park Hotel Nairobi in Kenya on 12-13 January 2015.

The Call for papers can be accessed via this link: Final Call for Workshop Papers

Workshop proceedings will consist of abstracts of accepted papers. The best 10 papers will be published in a special issue in the International Journal System Dynamics Applications (IJSDA) and the next 20 papers will be published as Book Chapters with Springer. Details for this can be accessed here.

Kindly mobilize other potential workshop participants to take part in this event. Thank you and looking forward to your usual support and participation.

Please inform others about upcoming submission deadline and the exciting 1st International workshop on System Dynamics, Big Data and Cloud Computing!
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Intro to Business Systems Modeling, 29 November, New Delhi

Postby Karan Khosla » Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:05 am

Greetings folks!

EarthSafe Enterprises, in partnership with O.P. Jindal Global University, will conduct a series of seminars on systems thinking and system dynamics modeling for businesses; the first seminar is on the 29th (Saturday) of November 2014.

If you, or any one you might know who lives in New Delhi, might be interested in learning how to harness the power of mathematical modeling to design more robust strategies for start-ups, social enterprises, mature businesses, supply chains, human resource management - check out the link below: ... ember-2014

After the workshop, there will also be an open session about the System Dynamics Society, and how to make use of its excellent resources by engaging with the India Chapter.

For more information please contact:
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