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NASPAA’s First National Student Simulation Competition

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:28 pm

NASPAA’s First National Student Simulation Competition Uses a System Dynamics Simulator

The National Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration(NASPAA) conducted its first-ever National Student Simulation Competition, “Creating a Locally-Led ‘Bottom Up’ Reform to the Affordable Care Act” on February 28, 2015. The daylong event brought together about 200 students from 93 NASPAA member graduate schools to five regional locations across the country to analyze the delivery of health care service at the local level. Participants presented their solutions to a national panel of judges. The competition featured ReThink Health Dynamics Model, a System Dynamics simulation model, which enables students to think dynamically and over long time horizons to identify sustainable solutions to health care problems. Participants ran more than 4,400 different simulation runs using a Forio user interface that worked flawlessly.

According to Laurel McFarland, NASPAA Executive Director, “This competition demonstrates the tremendous learning opportunities gained by using simulations to immerse students in situations where they are able to immediately see the complexities and systemic aspects of public policy and management challenges.”

Bobby Milstein, Director of ReThink Health wrote “It was a thrill to hear the insights from each regional winner about where the real leverage may lie in shaping sound health policy. These teams displayed a mix of curiosity, skill, and moral clarity that bodes well for effective action on this critical national challenge. I was also amazed that students from different schools could instantly work so well together and accomplish so much in a single day. . . . Hopefully, we’ll look back on this as an important landmark both for educational methodology and for the U.S. health reform movement. ”
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John Sterman Invited as a Guest Speaker on Radio Boston

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:02 am

John Sterman Invited as a Guest Speaker on Radio Boston

John Sterman, professor of management and director of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School, was invited to share his thoughts about the crisis of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on Radio Boston. MBTA passengers have been experiencing frustrating transportation delays during this frigid winter. John said that this is a systemic issue. He anatomized the problem from an interesting System Dynamics perspective. Visit the website of Radio Boston to listen to the broadcast.
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Virtual SoL

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:39 pm

SoL North America recently launched Virtual SoL, a collaborative, online learning platform allowing members of to engage in a lively exchange of ideas, perspectives, and insights on the theory and practice of organizational learning, leadership, and related areas of research. The platform combines state-of-the-art technology with SoL North America's diverse membership base to provide an immersive virtual learning model—a collaborative, intuitive space where members can share learning products and professional development resources.

Virtual SoL offers ease-of-use and critical elements of presence to create a responsive, integrated, and dynamic community. Since its launch, Virtual SoL has attracted thought leaders, seasoned practitioners, students, and professionals serious about expanding their competencies in the field of organizational learning. Collectively, participants create a vibrant, real-time conversation on current systemic and popular issues of the day. As the community continues to grow, it serves as a critical meeting of minds where perspectives intersect, interests align, viewpoints converge, and ideas evolve.
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SoL is now SoL North America!

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:39 pm

Following the first and very successful Global Forum hosted by the Global Association of SoL Communities (GASC) in Paris, France in May 2014, it became clear that GASC had established itself as an independent and self-sustaining entity. Recognizing the need for differentiation, the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) officially changed its name to SoL North America to better serve and represent local communities. This change firmly establishes SoL NA as one of the many SoL communities around the world - such as SoL France, SoL Sweden, and SoL Austria - who are now part of the GASC. SoL NA will continue its offerings, including workshops with Peter Senge. 2015 workshops will be offered starting in March. For information, please visit www.solonline.org.
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An Interview about SD by and for Chinese speaking students

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:28 pm

An Interview about System Dynamics Modeling by and for Chinese speaking students

Earlier in February, member Dr. John Richardson, Visiting Professor at Residential College 4 and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) was interviewed for WeMedia, an organization whose primary audience is Chinese-speaking students. The interview is about systems thinking and especially System Dynamics modeling, emphasizing its relevance to future opportunities and challenges that Singapore faces.

WeMedia’s (by the people and for the people) platform is devoted to “stories of people worth spreading.” It was founded by a group of international graduates from NUS and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in October 2014. Their slogan is “through the person to see the world.” The interviewer, Sun Jie, whose WeChat ID is xin-yue-du, is a graduate of the NUS University Scholars Program. She completed John Richardson’s course in the Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Spring, 2013.

Please read the interview, presented in Chinese and English text, along with some photos.
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Samir Recognized for Outstanding Industry Achievements

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:38 am

Member Samir Traboulsi Recognized for Outstanding Industry Achievements

Samir R. Traboulsi was recognized for his contribution to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the built environment industry at ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference in January. ASHRAE elevated Samir’s membership to the grade of Fellow. This is an honor that recognizes members who have attained distinction and made substantial contributions in HVAC&R and the built environment such as education, research, engineering design and consultation, publications, presentations and mentoring. Samir is a longtime member of the System Dynamics Society and a Senior Lecturer at American University of Beirut; General Manager at Thermotrade; and Managing Director at Ranec SARL, all in Beirut, Lebanon.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. ASHRAE and its members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.
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isee systems Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Postby Roberta Spencer » Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:57 pm

This year, isee systems is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Founded as High Performance Systems in 1985 by Barry Richmond, the company began showing the first version of STELLA the same year. At the time, Dynamo and its cousins were used to build models by typing in equations, and printing out results plotted with teletype style printers – the same type of plots that were shown in industrial Dynamics. STELLA, running on the very new Macintosh computer, brought icon-based model building to the System Dynamics community and opened the doors to its use in new areas including the K-12 classroom.

isee systems is a longtime sponsor of the System Dynamics Society and our annual conference and continues its innovations in software for System Dynamics. Congratulations!
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WPI to Offer Major Combining SD, Innovation Management

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:57 pm

WPI to Offer Major Combining System Dynamics, Innovation Management – Link to TIES Newsletter page

WPI has been one of a handful of universities around the world to offer an undergraduate major and graduate programs in System Dynamics, and now WPI is reinforcing its leadership in the discipline by offering a master’s degree program in System Dynamics and Innovation Management. The new program is based on a proposal of professors Khalid Saeed and Oleg Pavlov of the Social Science and Policy Studies Department, and professors Amy Zeng and Michael Elmes, program director Norm Wilkinson, and executive director Paul Mack of the Foisie School of Business. The 33-credit degree splits course work between that Department and Foisie. “Our management and System Dynamics colleagues worked together for more than six months to develop a proposal for the degree, which is aimed at students who want to apply System Dynamics to management, create computer models, think outside of the box, and aspire to leadership roles.” Saeed said. “We expect to attract students who want to go into management with a high level of analytical skills. In this complex world, that is an important value proposition.” Saeed, who came to WPI in 1997, is a winner of the Jay Wright Forrester Award and former President of the System Dynamics Society. According to Jay Forrester, the founder of System Dynamics, “Today, interest in System Dynamics is growing faster than the supply of skilled professionals in the field. At present, there is a bottleneck in education for System Dynamics expertise. The new program will help reduce that bottleneck.” The new program is expected to be offered in the next academic year. Click here to see the complete TIES Newsletter.
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System Dynamics Centre of Expertise Continues to Grow

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:23 pm

Eskom SOC (an electricity utility in South Africa), is in a unique position to be able to oversee the generation-to-end-user value chain, however, the complexity in the electricity sector required a move away from conventional modelling approaches to approaches such as System Dynamics that would assist in system understanding and bridging the risk-uncertainty gaps. The System Dynamics Centre of Expertise, headed by Nalini Sooknanan Pillay, within Eskom’s R&D business unit was founded in 2011, and is currently staffed with 6 engineers with a variety of disciplines (Mechanical, Chemical & Industrial) to assist in merging Eskom’s empirical history with scenario-based simulations of future trends. Some of the current suite of projects include: diesel logistics; coal as a strategic resource; water strategy dynamics; customer satisfaction and the distribution business; and sectoral electricity demand.
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Learning Economics with Dynamic Modeling

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:30 pm

Learning Economics with Dynamic Modeling: An International Collaboration

During a visit to Ukraine on November 18, 2014, the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, attended a briefing by David Wheat (University of Bergen) and Iryna Lukianenko (National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy; NaUKMA) on “Learning Economics with Dynamic Modeling” (LEDM). Funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and administered by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education, LEDM is a four-year project designed to develop dynamic modeling capacity among economists and finance scholars at NaUKMA. In September 2015 Wheat will offer the first online SD-based economics course for NaUKMA students. The presentation to the prime minister and over 200 students and professors was arranged by the Norwegian Embassy in Kiev, as an example of cooperation between Norway and Ukraine in the field of education. Here is a 5-minute video about the project.
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