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Transforming Community Health Using System Dynamics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:50 pm

From John Sterman:

Transforming Community Health Using System Dynamics

Please see this blog post by Susan Dentzer, former editor of Health Affairs and now a senior leader at RWJF, describing the work ReThink Health has done to begin transforming the health care and health system of Atlanta. ReThink Health is a nonprofit initiative dedicated to improving health care, lowering costs and improving population health. RTH uses system dynamics models, interactive simulations, community organizing and other methods to engage stakeholders from all sectors of communities. The system dynamics models RTH uses were developed by MIT and MIT Sloan alums, including Jack Homer and Gary Hirsch; RTH is led by Bobby Milstein, who is a research scientist here at MIT Sloan, and we’ve used the simulations in our teaching. I was one of the founders of RTH along with Don Berwick, Elliot Fisher, and other key health system leaders.

http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2014/ ... ity-health
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New Feature: Language Field in the Bibliography

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:16 pm

We now have a field so that references in our Bibliography can be searched by language. We invite those of you who wish to submit journal articles, books, chapters in books, and other forms of references to do so in your native language.

As always, we are looking for new references or references that have not yet been included in our Bibliography. If you have references that you would like to share with us, please send them to office@systemdynamics.org.

The Bibliographic Updates page lists recent additions to the System Dynamics Bibliography. This list is updated whenever new submissions are received.

The third update of the 2014 Bibliography is now available. It can be viewed in text format (Notepad) as well as a tab delimited format (database compatible). For those who have EndNote X or higher, there is a compressed version. Instructions may be found on the Download page.
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Jillian Wisniewski, System Dynamics TA at MIT Sloan

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:34 pm

Jillian Wisniewski, System Dynamics TA at MIT Sloan

Please see Jillian’s story. After graduation she will be headed to West Point to teach System Dynamics.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/student- ... ewski-1008
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Jones to speak at Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:44 pm

Member Andrew Jones to speak at Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia Symposium

Member Andrew Jones will give a presentation at the one-day symposium titled Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and Security, organized by the Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia. It will be held at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC on October 9, 2014. Andrew’s presentation is titled “Solving Climate Change in 20 Minutes: A Guided Simulation.” The symposium will consider how humans are transforming the climate and environments of the Earth at an accelerating rate through agriculture, urbanization, transportation, the use of fossil fuels, and many other activities. The views of leaders in the fields of climate, health, economics, and security who will consider the problems we face will be featured and possible solutions offered. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Last year Andrew, along with his co-authors, was the recipient of the System Dynamics Applications Award, presented every other year for the best “real world” application of system dynamics. The award was for their work Climate Interactive: The C-ROADS Climate Policy Model. Andrew is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive.
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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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