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Climate Interactive Encourages "Multisolving"

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:03 am

Climate Interactive Encourages "Multisolving" – the search for systemic solutions

Multisolving is the implementation of strategies that improve health, well-being, social justice and resilience which, in turn, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate. Walkable neighborhoods, for example, can reduce pollution from cars, improve people’s health, and revitalize and connect communities. Climate Interactive encourages the use of FLOWER (the Framework for Long-term, Whole-system, Equity Based Reflection), a visual framework for multisolving that provides users a diagram of the six common types of co-benefits of actions to protect the climate: benefits to health, well-being, and safety; energy industry and mobility; food and water; jobs and assets; resilience to extreme events; and connection to the environment and human communities. Learn more about FLOWER and multisolving here.
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32nd SD colloquium at WPI

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:50 am

32nd SD colloquium at WPI

On Friday, April 22nd, System Dynamics graduate students and faculties gathered at the beautiful campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to present their SD-related research and receive feedback from the experts in the field. This System Dynamics Colloquium, which was the 32nd of the series, provided an amazing opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with faculty members, students, and practitioners of the field. Attendees enjoyed eleven presentations from WPI, MIT, Binghamton University, Harvard, Purdue University, and UAlbany. Topics ranged from competitive dynamics to the latest developments in leveraging XMILE standard. Working models presented had boundaries as expansive as a national economy or national water resource management to as focused a boundary as optimizing urban mobility and understanding the Lyme disease outbreak in the New England.

In his remarks, Professor Khalid Saeed reflected on the origins of the Colloquium as a “brown bag lunch discussion” at MIT on Fridays and how Professor David Andersen helped shape and guide those events to their current form of a Colloquium over time. He spoke of the benefit of informal, non-evaluated, collaboration such as the Colloquium. He encouraged students to organize their own informal learning meetings, citing the WPI SD Club’s weekly Collective Learning Meeting, often recorded and broadcasted live, as just one possible example.

The event concluded with a great dinner reception at a local restaurant where the guests enjoyed socializing with their friends and colleagues, not to mention a delicious meal as well!

The next System Dynamics Colloquium will be scheduled by students of University at Albany in the fall of 2016.
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Society President Etiënne Rouwette Gives Inaugural Speech

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:06 pm

Society President Etiënne Rouwette Gives Inaugural Speech: Messy problems: from black and white to color, April 28, 2016

On Friday, Etienne Rouwette will give his inaugural speech as the newly appointed Chair, Research and Intervention Methodology, at Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University. His lecture will talk about when there is an issue that is more important, the more likely it is that a group of people is responsible for decision making. It's surprising then to realize that discussing issues in groups has not fundamentally changed over the last centuries. Nowadays we have access to a huge amount of information, more and more stakeholders want to have a voice and complex challenges are all around us. And yet a meeting is still a group of people who talk to one another. It is time to bring the meeting into the 21st century and this lecture tells you how. In particular for complex, messy problems issues it is difficult to obtain an overview and to find a solution that is supported by all stakeholders. Some stakeholders are already in the solution mode: if only everyone would implement the plan that we have come up with, the problem would be solved. Approaches such as these are likely to lead to a deadlock and increased frustration. What works better is to ask each stakeholder for their opinions and to combine these in a coherent view of the issue at hand. For this we need an approach to structure information, so that we increase insight into the relationships between ideas and arrive at a shared understanding. Solutions that are based on this approach do work and will be implemented. This lecture deals with methods that create progress in messy problems.

Etiënne Rouwette is Professor of Research and Intervention Methodology at the Nijmegen School of Management. He focuses on supporting group decision making, using methods such as System Dynamics and group model building, scenario analysis and electronic meeting systems. He is particularly interested in the effect of these methods on communication, attitudes and the behaviour of participants.
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Society Sponsors Featured on Website

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:48 am

Society Sponsors Featured on Website

You may have noticed the new look to the System Dynamics Society’s website. The headers that appear on the homepage feature the logos and identities of some of our generous Society sponsors. You can visit the website and watch the distinctive headers scroll by, or view all of them—they are conveniently located below the full list of sponsors that appears on our website, click here and then scroll down to see the image! It is our great pleasure to share sponsor information.
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Agriculture & Food SIG, the Newest Special Interest Group

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:07 pm

Agriculture & Food SIG, the Society’s Newest Special Interest Group

The newly created Agriculture and Food (A&F) SIG will serve as a focal point for food systems researchers in the System Dynamics community. Albreto Stanislao Atzori and Stefano Armenia, leaders of the A&F SIG and representatives to the Society, envision this SIG to attract interest not only from those in the field of agricultural sciences, but also in a broad range of disciplines, including such areas as food science, rural sociology, veterinary sciences, plant pathology, environmental engineering, public policy, biology and urban planning.

Their proposal states “The dynamics of food systems often have important impacts on the well-being of agriculture producers and consumers, the environment and nutritional outcomes. Given their importance, food systems have been the focus of many policy initiatives, including farm-level support policies, environmental regulations, food safety requirements and price interventions…The proposed SIG will focus on food systems as integrated dynamic systems in which economic, social and biophysical are important elements to enhance our understanding and management.”

Information on joining the Agriculture and Food Special Interest Group will be available on our website shortly.
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Motion to Establish a VP K-12 Education

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:05 pm

Motion to Establish a VP K-12 Education

The System Dynamics Society Policy Council has approved a motion to add a new office in 2017, Vice President K-12 Education. The Vice President K-12 Education will be responsible for matters related to the use of System Dynamics in pre-college education, working to promote and support the use of System Dynamics. The Vice President K-12 Education will also assist pre-college educators with the adoption and development of programs based systems, encourage activities and events to assist pre-college educators, and foster effective communication and cooperation with other organizations contributing to the development of System Dynamics in pre-college education. For information on Policy Council and other governance matters, please visit the Society’s Governance page.
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Student Presentations at Lee Kuan Yew School

Postby Babak Bahaddin » Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:37 am

Student Presentations at Lee Kuan Yew School, National University of Singapore

On May 3, 2016, students from the Lee Kuan Yew School and other NUS (National University of Singapore) programs will present their original model-based public policy oriented projects. The event recognizes the students’ achievements in the challenging class titled “Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems” instructed by John Richardson. The presentations will take place from 1-3 p.m. in Lecture Hall 3-1, in the Manasseh Meyer Building, on the Bukit Timah campus. All are welcome to attend.

Eleven presentations will be given in four subject-matter areas; Health Care Dynamics, Economic Dynamics, Population Dynamics and Political Dynamics. Final projects, oral and written, provide class members with the opportunity to demonstrate the level of mastery they have attained. They are expected to define a policy relevant problem and craft a dynamic computer simulation model of that problem using the Vensim graphical user interface software. After rigorous validity and robustness testing, the model is used to diagnose the problem and point to accessible and compelling policy recommendations.
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What’s happening within the Society’s Chapters?

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:13 pm

What’s happening within the Society’s Chapters?

The Chapters of the System Dynamics Society, have postings of various events and news throughout the year. Here are some of the latest occurrences:
  • As the Call for Papers has come to a close, the Student Chapter is preparing for the PhD Colloquium to be held July 17, 2016 in Delft as part of the #ISDC16.
  • The UK Chapter will host its 18th Annual Conference, themed System Dynamics for Developing Strategy in the Real World, in London, April 14-15, 2016.
  • The Italian Chapter announces the International Workshop on Computational Economics and Econometrics, to be held on June 30- July 1, 2016, in Rome.
  • The South African Chapter’s 4th Annual System Dynamics Conference will be held on November 17-18, 2016 in Stellenbosch.

To learn more about these events, to stay in tune with the latest news, and to join please visit the Chapters’ website. Joining a Chapter is a great way to unite with fellow System Dynamicists.
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Member J. Chris White Named President of pmBLOX, Inc.

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:50 am

Member J. Chris White Named President of pmBLOX, Inc.

Member J. Chris White has been named the President of pmBLOX, Inc.. pmBLOX is a commercially available project planning and management tool that has System Dynamics modeling and simulation as its foundation. A book has recently been published by Chris and fellow member Robert Sholtes on the Dynamic Progress Method (DPM), the underlying approach used in pmBLOX. DPM offers a major innovation over the current Critical Path Method used in other project management tools. Chris is also President of ViaSim Solutions, the company that originally created pmBLOX through the Department of Defense Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program with DARPA. pmBLOX, Inc. is now the commercial retailer of pmBLOX. pmBLOX, Inc. has also been accepted into the 2016 class of Tech Wildcatters, the #5 technology/business incubator in the U.S. based in Dallas, TX. On behalf of the Society, congratulations to Chris! We wish you the best of luck in your new position.
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ISDC in "I2S News"

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:01 pm

2016 Delft Conference in "Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) News"

The most recent (April/May) edition of "Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) News" features information about the 2016 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, kindly posted by Gabriele Bammer and Peter Deane. With regular updates about resources for researchers, I2S News provides a great benefit for the interdisciplinary research community. To learn more about I2S and their resource bank, visit their website at http://i2s.anu.edu.au/resources.
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