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Summer Online Modeling Courses

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:07 pm

Register Now for CC Modeling Systems’ Summer Online Modeling Courses for Pre-College Educators

CC Modeling Systems is offering summer online modeling courses, starting June 13, 2016, for math and science teachers who would like to incorporate System Dynamics modeling in their curriculum. The three sequential ten week courses will provide participants with model-building activities that they can use, or modify, for their students (ages 15 to 20 or older). Registration is currently being accepted for Course 1 and Course 2. The cost of the course is $570 without credit and $750 with 3 graduate credits awarded by the Curriculum and Instruction Department at Portland State University. For more information contact Diana Fisher at or visit the CC Modeling Systems website.
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BSIG Webinar with Jim Rogers, Thursday April 28

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:55 am

BSIG Webinar with Jim Rogers, Thursday April 28

On Thursday, April 28 from noon to 1 PM EDT, the Business Special Interest Group of the System Dynamics Society will host their latest webinar “Dynamic Healthcare Models- accelerating diffusion and adoption” with guest presenter Jim Rogers of Advance Management Group. Jim, who has been consulting with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota since 1997, will discuss the use of System Dynamics models to improve patients’ quality of life while lowering the cost of care, using SD models for current research and insights for action, and drafting a framework towards model-informed, personalized care.

Please visit the webinar website for details. Information about the Business SIG and the other Special Interest Groups of System Dynamics Society is available on our website.
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John Richardson Conducts Public Lecture

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:40 am

Member John Richardson Conducts Public Lecture, Singapore, April 22, 2016

Member John Richardson will be giving a public lecture to the Graduate Seminar in Defense Technology and Systems of the National University of Singapore's Temasek Defense Systems Institute. The seminar, titled “Messages from ‘Global Models’ About Interdependence, Sustainable Development and the Future of Our Human Species,” will be held on April 22, 2016.

John is a Visiting Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Residential College 4, and an Honorary Fellow at Temasek Defence Systems Institute at National University of Singapore. In this seminar he will discuss the models that target exponential growth in population, economic output, consumption of natural resources and pollution as global-scale threats.
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Earn ECTS Credits

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:14 am

Basic, Intermediate, and Advance Courses at System Dynamics Summer School--Earn ECTS Credits

All participants at the three-day System Dynamics Summer School will receive a certificate of participation and will have the option to earn ECTS credits. Participants are required to choose a level (basic, intermediate or advanced) and supply a “learning objective” statement to be appropriately assigned to groups and professors. The basic course will cover modeling skills to get started and how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls. The intermediate course will offer supervision regarding research and further modeling skills.
The proposed ingredients for the advanced course include:

  • pySD with a focus on data handling and extending SD models with more advanced functions/structures/etc.
  • Modeling and Simulation under Deep Uncertainty (exploratory SD including the use of machine learning algorithms to make sense of large ensembles of outcomes).
  • Hybrid SD-AB modeling with the necessary scripting to make that happen.
  • Advanced Group Model Building
System Dynamics Summer School 2016 will focus specifically on approaches for dealing with uncertainty (grey and black swans) and for dealing with actors in participatory and political processes. An international group of System Dynamics professors will instruct classes grouped into the three different levels.

Where: Delft University in the Netherlands (same site as the ISDC)
When: July 13-15 (immediately before the conference)

For more information on earning ECTS credits please visit our website. Detailed information about the Summer School and registration is available on the Summer School website. Contact for more information.
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Learn to facilitate World Climate

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:17 pm

Learn to facilitate World Climate--join an introductory webinar to learn about this mock-UN World Climate Simulation webinar!

The World Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for groups. It is unique in that it uses an interactive computer model to rapidly analyze the results of the mock negotiations during the event. All the materials and tools for World Climate are available on-line for free and many are available in multiple languages. You can use the World Climate Simulation to help people build awareness of this critical challenge and experience some of the dynamics that emerge in the UN climate negotiations. The exercise is framed by current climate change science, through the interactive C-ROADS computer simulation, enabling participants to find out how their decisions impact the global climate system in real-time.

The World Climate Project was launched in August 2015 at the White House, as an effort to engage tens of thousands of people worldwide around climate change. The World Climate Project provides resources that let you confidently lead people in this thought-provoking game, which simulates the United Nations climate talks. Join a webinar on Wednesday, April 6 at 4:00 PM EDT, to learn more about how to lead World Climate. On this webinar you will begin learning to facilitate the exercise, have the opportunity to ask questions, and learn from others who have been successful in leading their own World Climate events.
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Member Andrei Borshchev Leading Seminars in Tel Aviv

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:58 am

Member Andrei Borshchev of AnyLogic, along with many simulation modeling professionals, will lead multiple seminars over a two-day period in Tel Aviv, March 15th, and 16th, 2016. The seminars are hosted by Techenware. Seminar topics include supply chain management, a healthcare systems seminar and a meeting regarding systems engineering. For more information about the curriculum and registration information please visit the website.
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Spring School-Outcome Based Dynamic Performance Management

Postby Carmine Bianchi » Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:58 pm


Spring School and International Symposium & Workshop

University Palermo - CED4 System Dynamics Group, May 23-27, 2016

Today, ‘wicked problems’ characterize governmental planning, with a specific concern with social issues. These are complex policy problems, featured by high risk and uncertainty, and a high interdependency among variables affecting them. Such problems cannot be clustered within the boundaries of a single organization, or referred to specific administrative levels or ministries. They are characterized by dynamic complexity, involving multi-level, multi-actor and multi-sectoral challenges. Examples of such problems include social cohesion, climate change, unemployment, crime, homelessness, healthcare, poverty, education, and immigration.
The use of a short-term perspective and of a sectoral approach in the formulation and implementation of strategies may lead to a static view of the system and to lack of coordination in policy-making between different public agencies, non-profit and other private stakeholders. This approach may not support governments to identify sustainable actions, whose policy-making usually refers to several jurisdictions, both in terms of level (e.g., national, regional, local) and domain (e.g. policing, welfare, education, justice).
The use of an outcome-oriented view of performance to frame and assess the desirability of the effects produced by adopted policies allows governments not only to consider effects in the short, but also the long run. Furthermore, it does not only focus policy effects in the perspective of a single unit or institution, but also under an inter-institutional viewpoint.
Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) is method that is designed to help public sector managers accurately measure and monitor organizational progress and align front-line employees to the organizational strategic objectives. By learning how to motivate and lead a competitive and scalable organization, participants to this training program will emerge with a strategy map for designing, implementing, and managing systems that create value and drive sustainable growth over the long term.
An “Outcome-Based” Dynamic Performance Management approach can significantly support this change towards joined-up government in dealing with wicked problems.

From May 23rd to 27th 2016, the System Dynamics Group of the University of Palermo will offer a Spring School and an International Symposium on: “Outcome-Based” Dynamic Performance Management in the Public Sector.
In the first two days participants will experience how to design and implement – through System Dynamics modeling – outcome-oriented performance management systems to support public policy makers.
In the next three days participants will have free access to the international symposium on: “The Paradigm Shift from Output to Outcome Measures in the Public Sector” (including conference banquet, two lunches, and coffee breaks).

More info: ... anagement/
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Re: Workshops and Courses

Postby Michael von Kutzschenbach » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:03 pm

Register now: 3-day Seminar "Managing Digital Transformation: A feedback systems approach to bridging business and IT "
When: Feb., 25-27
Where: FHNW in Basel, Switzerland

For more information please follow this link: ... sformation

We are looking forward to seeing you in Basel.

Best regards,
Michael von Kutzschenbach

Lecturer/Senior Researcher, Business Transformation Management
Deputy Head of Competence Center for Technology, Organization, and People (TOP)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
School of Business
Institute for Information Systems
Peter Merian-Strasse 86
CH-4002 Basel

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Intermediate Dynamic Modeling Workshop

Postby Karim Chichakly » Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:52 pm

Join us in Atlanta on February 4th and 5th for our Intermediate Dynamic Modeling Workshop! [More details in post below this.]

For more information, see
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Intermediate Dynamic Modeling Workshop

Postby Karim Chichakly » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:58 pm

Join us in Atlanta!

This two-day workshop builds the skills needed to create, explore and understand dynamic models with Stella® Professional, iThink® and STELLA, while also providing a forum for you to make progress on your own modeling projects. Presentations and exercises on techniques for working with the software will be interwoven with coaching on model development. When possible, pertinent examples from the group will be used to demonstrate the techniques being taught. Participants should come with a modeling project they wish to make progress on.

The course will cover topics in:
- Array and module use
- Working with data
- Building blocks and molecules of structure
- Sensitivity analysis
- Model quality assessment

This workshop is intended for those who have taken the introductory courses or worked with the software significantly and want to continue to learn more. It is practical, is heavily hands on, and is a great opportunity to work closely with one of our modeling experts!
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