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Live Web Seminar – Online Analytics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:10 pm

Announcing the sixth webinar in the Big Data, System Dynamics, and XMILE webinar series! Join us on April 8 as Micheal Bean, the co-founder of Forio presents Online Analytics: Bringing the Power of System Dynamics within Reach.

Michael will present LatinoVoteMap, a tool used in the 2012 presidential election along with a number of online simulators developed for business education and published by Harvard Business Review. These interactive tools provide the insights and understanding that come from long hours of modeling and analysis to people without the requisite technical expertise quickly and effectively. Michael will outline the design principles necessary to make world class simulators that many people can use.

If you know people interested in this topic, please tell them about this event. Read details and register.

The series showcases exemplar applications of System Dynamics in the areas of environment, business, health care, and public policy and discusses new opportunities that will be available as the XMILE standard is adopted. 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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Frank Davidson, 95, has passed away

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:24 pm

Frank Davidson, 95, of Concord, MA and Montfort-L’Amaury, France has passed away

Frank Davidson, past chair of the System Dynamics Steering Committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has passed away. Frank served on this committee for more than a quarter century along with Jay Forrester. Frank was one of the earliest sponsors of the System Dynamics Society and continued to support the Society in a number of ways. Frank had a diverse and interesting background, he founded and co-chaired the Channel Tunnel Study Group and was credited with getting the Channel Tunnel built. In 2006, he published a two-volume classic, Building the World, featuring the world’s greatest engineering works with original contracts that launched these achievements. Just recently the sequel Building the Future was presented. Jay Forrester said, “I was always amazed by Frank’s wide acquaintanceship. I seldom mentioned a name that he did not know, or knew someone who knew the person.” Roberta Spencer noted “Frank’s energy and cheerful enjoyment of life was contagious. I admired him greatly.” Jim Hines adds “Frank Davidson was many things. To me, he was a gentle raconteur with old world manners and the most charming man I ever met.” Please see the tribute written by Kathleen Lusk Brooke.
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Annual Climate Science Day

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:29 am

Charles Paul “Max” Moehs, Ph.D. from the American Society of Plant Biologists writes a short blog describing his experience as one of about 40 scientists who lobbied members of Congress on the annual Climate Science Day, this past January. Max describes how Climate Science Day works, and how he used concepts from Climate Interactive’s climate modeling including the “carbon bathtub” to help people understand why it’s urgent to cut emissions and how deeply they must be cut. John Sterman notes “It’s great to see these system dynamics concepts spreading and to see folks like Max engaging in direct action.”
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Live Web Seminar – ALCES Toolkit

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:41 am

Live Web Seminar – ALCES Toolkit: Regional development and land-use dynamics

Announcing the sixth webinar in the Big Data, System Dynamics, and XMILE webinar series! Join us on March 4 as Dr. Brad Stelfox, Matt Carlson, and Noah Purves-Smith of ALCES Landscape and Land-Use Ltd. present ALCES Toolkit: Regional development and land-use dynamics.

The team of presenters will demonstrate the ALCES Toolkit and its application to real land-use policy issues. The framework they have developed combines a system dynamics model that allows for the quick investigation of project impacts on the local environment and then uses that information to paint a clear picture of the geographic spread of the resulting changes. The combination is powerful and insightful and a great example of how system dynamics can be combined with other technologies to deliver results that can be understood and acted upon.

North America has a diverse suite of landscapes that have been shaped by an equally diverse set of land uses and natural disturbances. Each land use creates significant benefits to society, but also causes significant challenges to regional managers concerned about achieving performance across a broad suite of economic, social, and ecological indicators. Confronted by legislative requirements focused on triple bottom line performance, new planning tools are required to explore the frontiers of landscape/land-use issues and solutions. The toolkit enables stakeholders to visualize the key dynamics of both land uses (crops, livestock, mining, forestry, oil and gas, transportation, tourism, residential) and natural disturbances (fire, insects, climate, climate change), providing a quantitative understanding of the outcome of alternative land-use trajectories to performance of key ecological, economic, and social indicators.

If you know people interested in this topic, please tell them about this event. Read details and register.

The series showcases exemplar applications of System Dynamics in the areas of environment, business, health care, and public policy and discusses new opportunities that will be available as the XMILE standard is adopted. 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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System Dynamics Society
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Meet The 2015 Candidates

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:25 pm

There are eleven Policy Council seats to be filled for 2015. Get to know the candidates — learn their names, see their photographs and read their bio-sketches. Etiënne Rouwette will become President Elect in 2015; he will be leaving the office of VP Membership open. Özge Pala, who has been the AVP Chapter Activities, is the candidate for this opening. George Richardson’s term will be finished at the end of this year; the candidate for VP Publications is Pål Davidsen. The newly created roles of VP Marketing & Communications and VP Professional Practice that were only recently filled in 2014, have Peter Hovmand and Ken Cooper respectively as the candidates to continue in 2015. Current officers that are slated for reappointment are Brad Morrison as Secretary and Bob Eberlein as VP Electronic Presence. The four candidates for Policy Council Member are Stefano Armenia, Özge Karanfil, Gönenç Yücel, and Erik Pruyt.

The Nominating Committee and Policy Council are pleased to present these leaders who share the vision for a vibrant System Dynamics Society.
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System Dynamics Society Member Running for US Senate

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:01 pm

Bruce Skarin, longtime member of the System Dynamics Society, has recently announced that he will run as an independent candidate to represent Massachusetts in the US Senate. Bruce wrote “For several years now I have grown increasingly concerned with the inability of the United States government to take meaningful action on a range of difficult problems. I know that many in this community share these concerns and have worked tirelessly since the inception of the field to bring about a deeper and more thoughtful understanding of how system dynamics can be applied to create more effective and sustainable solutions to both national and global problems.

My own analysis of this dysfunction led me first to the inability of Congress to fully understand the dynamics of these problems, then to its insatiable dependence upon huge amounts of money from the very industries and interests they were charged with regulating, and finally to the complete sense of powerlessness felt by the American people. This is not a single point of failure like faulty leadership. It is systemic, and until we fix it, there will be no meaningful progress on any other issue.

To counter this system, after several years of research and consideration I have decided to run as an independent to represent Massachusetts in the US Senate using a redesigned approach to politics. An approach that provides citizen funded independence, that uses system dynamics and other tools as a basis for my platform, and that focuses exclusively on empowering the American people instead of only those with wealth and power.”

For a summary of his campaign please see this article and learn more on Bruce’s website.
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Congratulations to our President

Postby Erin Sheehan » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:28 am

Kim Warren is delighted to share the good news that our incoming President, Ed Andersen, has been promoted to full Professor of Information, Risk, & Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas. He is also leading an important new effort at the Business School - The McCombs Healthcare Initiative. Please join Kim in congratulating Ed on this great achievement.
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Live Webinar: Energy Market Dynamics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:00 pm

Live Webinar: Energy Market Dynamics: Transforming the electric power industry, presented by Andrew Ford, Professor of Environmental Science, Washington State University.

Electric utilities have seen dramatic shifts in regulation and technologies over the last four decades. Professor Andrew Ford, winner of the 1996 Forrester Award for his work in this area, will discuss two important examples of System Dynamics bringing understanding where other approaches fell short. Read details and register for this event to take place on February 11, 2014.

This Web Seminar is the fifth in a series being presented by the XMILE Technical Committee to showcase great work in System Dynamics and make the stories known to a broad set of people with little exposure to our field. If you know people interested in this topic, please tell them about the event. The webinar will also be recorded for later viewing. Visit xmile.systemdynamics.org for more information on that, and the other webinars in the series.

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System Dynamics Society
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The Bibliography has been updated

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:22 pm

An updated version of the Bibliography, with over 10,600 references, is now available. Please visit the System Dynamics Bibliography.

Please also visit the page that lists Bibliographic Updates and recent publications related to System Dynamics. The Updates Page now includes references for recent journal articles as well as older journal articles that have just been brought to our attention. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see some other items that were recently submitted.

The Bibliography is updated four times a year. Please send references for recent articles or articles of any age to office@systemdynamics.org to be included on the list and in our Bibliography. We would love to hear from you.
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Pegasus Communications is now Leverage Networks

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:32 pm

Pegasus Communications is now Leverage Networks

In 2013, Kris Wile, Rebecca Niles and Kate Skaare acquired most of the assets of Pegasus Communications with the capital assistance of Ohana Holdings LLC, an investing arm of Pierre Omidyar, the founder of Ebay.

Leverage Networks provides a access to all of the Pegasus materials you know and love, through both virtual/digital downloads and physical books. In addition to these existing Pegasus materials we will be curating additional submitted materials from the wider Systems Thinking, System Dynamics and Organizational Learning communities. These materials will be further supplemented by interactive online learning communities and connections to practitioners, experts and thought leaders that will help everyone build their knowledge and capability in the application of these powerful tools.

Leverage Networks: powerful tools for complex problems
• Host strategic conversations for learning and alignment
• Discover the hidden power in your system
• Design strategies that drive your performance
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