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Thompson to present on Health Systems Research

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:19 pm

Member Jim Thompson to present at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Member Jim Thompson is giving a presentation at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, co-sponsored by WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. More than 1,700 health systems researchers from 100+ countries are participating in the conference in Cape Town, South Africa, September 30 – October 3, 2014. The theme for this Symposium is on people-centered health systems: health systems that recognize that people are their central focus and resource, and that address responsiveness at population and patient levels as a central goal. The event brings together researchers, policy and decision makers, advocates, and implementers from around the world to develop the field of health systems research.

Jim’s session presents a study of a novel medicines access program to assist the poor living in rural villages in Kenya. A System Dynamics model simulates the idealized program and concerns about its actual implementation. Presentation participants will be invited to interact with the model by trying alternative parameter values and suggesting improvements to the concept model.

The presentation includes a section on System Dynamics methodology publications and global learning resources. The slides include a list of System Dynamics courses and degree programs around the world. If you have information on currently offered degree programs and university-level courses in System Dynamics, especially in Africa and East Asia, please send new or updated information to the Society using the course survey form. This information will be used to update the Society Web site.

Jim is a founding member of the Society’s Health Policy Special Interest Group and feels this occasion is a fantastic opportunity for outreach to highlight System Dynamics as an extremely powerful tool for health policy and systems research.
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In Memoriam (September 2014)

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:24 pm

Past member Richard Stevenson sadly passed away last week after recently being diagnosed with sarcoma. Richard founded Cognitus Ltd. and did much to promote System Dynamics through teaching and consultancy throughout the 1990’s. Amongst other things, Cognitus Ltd. was a sponsor of the Society, the UK distributor for the ithink System Dynamics software, and the organizer of the annual gathering of the UK Chapter in Harrogate for its first few years. Thanks to Eric Wolstenholme for sharing this information.
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Global Sustainability Fellows Program

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:18 pm

In summer 2014, the Sustainability Laboratories, New York, for the first time, realized the Global Sustainability Fellows Program (GFSP), a trans-disciplinary study program at master level for students from all over the world. The purpose of the GFSP is to support a worldwide transformation toward a sustainable society. The aim is to prepare future leaders and managers from all sectors, including governmental bodies, companies and civil society, to master this challenge. The pilot program took place at EARTH University in Costa Rica. This small University is focused on sustainability; it even has an organic farm on its campus. Participants came from 15 countries and all five continents. Besides theory, an exploration of the tropical rainforest and visits to organic farms and factories, the program included fieldwork in Martina Bustos, a poor district of the city of Liberia. Markus Schwaninger, professor at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a long-standing member of our society, was on the faculty of the GSFP. He taught System Dynamics, the qualitative version of which provided excellent tools for the fieldwork: For example, students constructed Causal Loop Diagrams, together with citizens of Martina Bustos, in order to explore paths for the development of the district. Final evaluations show that the program was a big success.
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Member John Sterman and Climate Interactive featured in film

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:41 pm

Member John Sterman and Climate Interactive featured in film “Disruption

The film Disruption features incredible and informative interviews from scientists, activists and leaders – including Climate Interactive partner John Sterman of MIT. The film has been released in advance of the People’s Climate March, the largest climate march in history, happening in the streets of New York City on September 21, 2014. Climate Interactive uses system dynamics modeling to explore the interplay between social and planetary systems and focuses on climate change research. In 2009 John Sterman was part of the group that developed the Climate Rapid Overview and Decision-support Simulator (C-ROADS). The C-ROADS simulation calculated the long-term climate impacts of proposals that were under consideration in the negotiations to produce a global climate treaty at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009. Last year, the System Dynamics Applications Award was presented by the Society to John Sterman, Thomas Fiddaman, Travis Franck, Andrew Jones, Stephanie McCauley, Philip Rice, Elizabeth Sawin and Lori Siegel for their work Climate Interactive: The C-ROADS Climate Policy Model. This award is presented for the best “real world” application of system dynamics.
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Peer Mentoring Network

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:22 pm

Peer Mentoring Network

David Andersen connects with colleagues via a System Dynamics peer mentoring network, aka The Thursday Morning Group. David says peer mentoring is imperative to increasing effectiveness and progression in careers and professions, specifically in fields such as System Dynamics. The Thursday Morning Group meets via live video chat in order to catch up and provide support for fellow System Dynamicists who are exploring new challenges and project avenues. Participants come from as far west as California and as far east as Ethiopia. Some members have known each other since 1975, and others as recent as several years ago. Attendance is very regular and members of the group are committed to high quality work in System Dynamics and its effect on society. Participants act as the group mediator to ensure effectiveness of the online peer mentoring session. The international group explores and develops aspects of System Dynamics issues, concerns and future planning by rotating who presents research and issues at the meetings. Each meeting has a particular focus and participants prepare questions they would like to address during meeting times. Friendships are strengthened and professional development increases as projects are launched and research continues to be conducted through the System Dynamics Peer Mentoring Network group meetings on Thursday mornings.

Perhaps there are similar efforts elsewhere that the Society can share on our website? If so please send us your news!
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XMILE Panel Disucssion

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:48 pm

XMILE Panel Disucssion: How Will XMILE Impact the System Dynamics Landscape?

Over the past months, we’ve seen great System Dynamics use cases, ranging from climate to retail, some using Big Data. The goal of XMILE is to make it easier to develop such applications and support the integration of System Dynamics models into additional solutions being developed for business and policy makers. To finish the year, we are presenting four webinars that focus on the draft XMILE specification developed by the OASIS Technical Committee.

In this fourth and last XMILE overview webinar, we will have an open panel discussion with three leaders of the System Dynamics field on their views of what XMILE can do to change the field. Please join Andrew Ford of Washington State University, Diana Fisher of CC Modeling Systems, Ignacio Martinez-Moyano of Argonne National Laboratory, and us for what promises to be an energetic and informative discussion.

This webinar is the twelfth in the Big Data, System Dynamics, and XMILE webinar series jointly sponsored by IBM, isee systems, and the OASIS XMILE Technical Committee. The series showcases exemplar applications of System Dynamics in the areas of environment, business, health care, and public policy and discuss new opportunities that will be available as the XMILE standard is adopted.

If you know people interested in this topic, please tell them about this event. Read details and register. Visit xmile.systemdynamics.org for more information on this event and the full series including past webinar recordings available for viewing, upcoming events, and joint sponsors.

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C-ROADS Analysis in Science article

Postby Roberta Spencer » Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:33 am

The news item A bold baby step on emissions, by Eli Kintisch from the new issue of Science (6 JUNE 2014 • VOL 344 ISSUE 6188 1071) discusses the likely impact of the new proposed EPA rules limiting CO2 emissions from existing coal plants. The team at Science asked Climate Interactive to analyze the impact of the rules on global emissions and warming.

Opponents of the rules including the coal industry argue that the US rules will have only a small impact on global emissions and warming, but the goal of the rule is also to promote reductions by other nations. Up to now, nations including China (the world’s largest emitter), India, and other key developing nations have argued that they should not be asked to cut their emissions or coal use when the US has no policies to cut theirs. The new rules, if implemented, will undercut this argument, and may be important in leading to a new global agreement to reduce emissions now being negotiated, with a target date for agreement of 2015, at the UNFCCC meeting to be held in Paris that year. The C-ROADS analysis shows that if other nations follow the US reductions the benefits are huge, with future warming falling from nearly 5°C above preindustrial levels to just above 2°C.

Further explanation and documentation of the analysis can be found here. Sent in by John Sterman.
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Re: In the News

Postby Leonard Malczynski » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:50 pm

Those of you who did not know Klaus missed a great opportunity.
Klaus was the embodiment of the friendliness of the participants at the Society conferences.

I can't remember when we first met, possibly Boston 2005 or 2007.
After that initial meeting one of the first things I would do at a conference was look for Klaus.

Of course the only way I would find him was to explore the city we were in, not that he didn't actively participate in the conference.
I recall turning the corner in the Plaka in Athens and almost bumping into him and one of his children. That also happened in other cities.

I can imagine the loss for his family. I too selfishly felt a great loss last night when I read the news.
As tears come to my eyes, the only thing I can think of to say is, "Klaus, see you at the next conference."
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In Memoriam

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:22 am

Klaus Dieter John from Chemnitz University of Technology passed away two weeks ago. Klaus was a long time member and participant at our conferences every year. In addition to being a past representative of the Economics Chapter, Klaus was an enthusiastic reviewer for conference paper submissions. Klaus introduced his daughter Sarah and son Sebastian to System Dynamics and they accompanied him to a number of our conferences. Sarah wrote recently “My father often told us how much he enjoyed being part of the System Dynamics Society. He really cherished the friendly and warmhearted atmosphere that he hadn’t experienced at any other society in that intensity and manner. I just wanted to let you know, how inspiring the System Dynamics Society had been to him.”

Narendra K Patni from Patni Holdings LLC has died recently. Naren was a steadfast sponsor and member the System Dynamics Society for many years. He was a graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Naren was a student of Jay Forrester and worked for him for a few years prior to the formation of Patni Computer Systems, an extremely successful Indian outsourcing business. Earlier this year, Naren wrote a quick note to the Society office, “He [Jay] and I go a long way back. He is my true mentor.” Naren introduced his son Anirudh to System Dynamics; Anirudh was also a member of the Society.
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Live Web Seminar – the Third Overview XMILE Webinar

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu May 29, 2014 10:37 pm

Live Web Seminar – XMILE’s Display and Interface Capabilities

Announcing the third overview XMILE webinar! Join us on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 as Billy Schoenberg of isee systems and Gary Baxter MEMIC of will explain how stock-flow diagrams are represented in XMILE. They will also discuss how output objects (such as graphs and tables) are described, how input objects (such as sliders and switches), are specified, and how the stock-flow diagram can be annotated with text, graphics, and buttons.

Over the past seven months, we have presented seven System Dynamics use cases, some using Big Data. To finish the year, we are presenting four webinars that focus on the draft XMILE specification developed by the OASIS Technical Committee: overview, technical details of simulation aspects, technical details of display and interface aspects, and a panel discussion with System Dynamics leaders about the impact of XMILE on their work and the field. The webinar series showcases exemplar applications of System Dynamics in the areas of environment, business, health care, and public policy and discuss new opportunities that will be available as the XMILE standard is adopted.

If you know people interested in this topic, please tell them about this event. Read details and register. Visit xmile.systemdynamics.org for more information on this event and the full series including past webinar recordings available for viewing, upcoming events, and joint sponsors.

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