News Archives 2013
The Benelux Chapter is pleased to announce the conference the “Adaptive Potential of Social Systems” to be held at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. This one-day meeting will be held on Friday February 7, 2014. The conference is organized by the Benelux Chapter of the System Dynamics Society and is supported by the ResOrg (Responsible Organization) research program of Nijmegen School of Management. You are invited you to send in abstracts for papers, proposals experimental sessions (maximum 500 words) and/or stream proposals that fit the theme of the conference. Abstracts and proposals are due on January 17, 2014 and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions about acceptance will be taken before January 21, 2014. Registrations are due by January 23, 2014.
Theme: The world is becoming ever more complex. Within a year, financial troubles in the US housing market changed from a local problem to a global issue, threatening the financial and economic stability of the entire world. A disease in South East Asia affected worldwide air traffic, and the eruption of a volcano on Iceland brought global aviation to a grinding halt. To what extend can social systems cope with this increasing complexity and the intrinsic uncertainty? In what ways can the adaptive capacity of social systems be enhanced or improved to better cope with uncertainties? How can systems thinking in general, and system dynamics in particular, be used to support this? Questions like these will be explored in more detail during this meeting of the Benelux chapter of the international System Dynamics Society.
Please forward this invitation to potential attendants or presenters. We are looking forward to your contributions.
The Organizing Committee
Inge Bleijenbergh (chair), Erik Pruyt, Andreas Größler, Jan Kwakkel, Etiënne Rouwette, Vincent de Gooyert
New open-source SD engine and free web-based modeling KickStarter website (Dec 27, 2013)
Member Bobby Powers’ new project Approachable System Dynamics aims to bring classical stock and flow modeling and existing system dynamics models to the web, in two parts. The first part is an open-source simulation engine that runs and displays system dynamics models in the web browser without plugins, and easily integrates with other web technologies and ebooks. The second part is a free online modeling service that allows people to upload and share existing models, and create new ones. The KickStarter rewards involve early access to the modeling platform, and compatibility testing for models of your choosing. Visit the KickStarter page today for more information.
Society Member Kimberly M. Thompson, with the CDC, have been named finalists for the Edelman Award (Dec 17, 2013)
Press Release (December 17, 2013) – INFORMS issued a press release for the 2014 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. The award is prestigious recognition for excellence in applying advanced analytics to benefit business and humanitarian outcomes. One of the six finalists includes The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with Kid Risk, Inc., for “Using Integrated Analytical Models to Support Global Health Policies to Manage Vaccine Preventable Diseases: Polio Eradication and Beyond.” Society member Kimberly M. Thompson is President of Kid Risk, Inc. Kim spent several years as a visiting faculty member at the System Dynamics Group at MIT Sloan. She and her colleagues use system dynamics models to analyze policies to promote the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. To be a finalist for this important award recognizes Kid Risk and the CDC as one of the world’s best analytical teams. Congratulations to Kim and her colleagues.
Kim is also a winner of the Jay W. Forrester Award (2008) with Radboud J. Duintjer Tebbens, for “Eradication Versus Control for Poliomyelitis: an Economic Analysis” published in The Lancet 369(9570): 1363-137, April 2007.
First International SYDIC Workshop (Dec 16, 2013)
The System Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC), in the context of the First International SYDIC Workshop on System Dynamics, to be held in Rome on 21st-22nd January 2014, is launching a call for speech oriented at selecting presentations of best practices carried through the application of SD models. This will allow participants, scientists, consultants and field experts to present and share their activities and SD models. The speech/presentation should have the following characteristics and features:
– Focus on a real-case application of SD in a specific field
– Clearly show how SD helped solve a practical problem or a modeling problem, by evidencing the advantages of the use of SD in that particular context
– Within 10 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions.
This workshop is presented by the Italian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society, in collaboration with the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti” (DIAG) of the “Sapienza” University of Rome, the System Dynamics Society (SDS) and with the organizational support of NESEA Srl.
Send your proposals via email to Alberto Atzori email@example.com by the deadline December 30, 2013.
Eskom’s First Annual System Dynamics Conference (Dec 12, 2013)
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd hosted their first Annual System Dynamics Conference on the 20th November 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event proved to be a resounding success with just over 140 attendees who came together to share experiences gained in applying a system dynamics methodology, to better understand the dynamic behavior of complex system problems in their various business and academic environments. The conference provided a platform for the African system dynamics community to demonstrate their exciting work and share lessons learned. Participation from private and public institutions, as well as several universities and banks, illustrated their growing support for system dynamics. The need for the African System Dynamics Chapter was also discussed and avidly supported.
SD Webinar and XMILE Discussion (Dec 11, 2013)
We have had three excellent online System Dynamics webinars with over 1500 people participating on the topics of Climate Change, Health Reform, and Financial Services. Thousands have also tuned in to see replays on YouTube. However, all these calls were broadcast in listen-only mode and now we would like to open the line and have a conversation about Policy Simulations, System Dynamics, and XMILE.
Please join us on Tuesday, December 17th at noon EST for an opportunity to ask questions, tell us what you think, and interact with each other.
We have some questions we’d like your help answering:
1. What do you think about XMILE and how would you expect to use it?
2. Do you understand XMILE and how can we better explain it?
3. What kind of information and documentation is important to include in models to use them across industry domains?
4. How do you think Simulation Models should be connected and interact with other models?
We want to have an interactive conversation, with an open line. The discussion is open to both XMILE-related issues and the content covered in the previous sessions. If you have questions you want to dig into, please bring them up. Even if they cannot be answered on the call, we may collectively be able to come up with forums in which they can.
Only 500 people can register to participate, so please register today.
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Workshop on “System Dynamics for Policy Assessment & Strategy Development” (Dec 07, 2013)
The System Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC), in collaboration with the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti” (DIAG) of the “Sapienza” University of Rome, the System Dynamics Society (SDS) and with the organizational support of NESEA Srl, is proud to announce the 1st INTERNATIONAL SYDIC WORKSHOP, to be held in Rome on 21st-22nd January 2014.
The workshop is organized in the context of the Field Development action promoted by the System Dynamics Society (SDS), as well as in the yearly program of national activities of the Italian Chapter of the SDS.
The main Guest Speakers will be Kim Warren (President of the System Dynamics Society and director of the company Strategy Dynamics) and Pàl Davidsen (Professor of System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway) who will introduce managers, professionals, academics and researchers to fully understand the great opportunity offered by such an important modelling methodology when assessing policy and/or strategy outcomes. Additionally, the second day of the workshop will provide participants, by means of a hands-on session, with the possibility to start building a model from scratch, thus ultimately allowing for a quick start with their new modelling skills.
Additional information will follow. In the meanwhile, please check the workshop website.
Call for Award Nominations (Dec 04, 2013)
Nominations are invited for the Jay Wright Forrester Award. This prestigious award is for the best publication in System Dynamics during the previous five years. Nominations must be received no later than March 31st. For information on composing the nomination, and the nomination process, please visit the website. The award will be presented during the annual conference.
Other Award Opportunities at the Delft Conference!
Self-nominations are invited for conference paper award opportunities. The list of awards includes:
Dana Meadows Award: given to outstanding papers authored by students that are presented at the conference.
Lupina Young Researchers Award: given to outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics, authored by students or recent (past 5 years) graduates and presented at the conference.
Barry Richmond Scholarship Award: presented to a deserving Systems Thinking or System Dynamics practitioner whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or to apply it to current social issues.
Frank Fisher Award: presented for the best system dynamics submission on any work about taxation policies of land value taxation (LVT) or land value capture (LVC). The basis for these taxation policies (LVT or LVC) is often associated with Henry George, a 19th century political economist.
Please read about all the award details on the Awards and Scholarship Information page. The web portal will open for submissions on February 3rd. See you in Delft!
European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) — Scholar Scholarships available (Nov 27, 2013)
The European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) is a two-years master’s program in system dynamics funded by the European Union. EMSD is offered by the universities of Bergen, Lisbon, Palermo and Nijmegen. Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for scholars working in the field of system dynamics who are from outside Europe. More information about these “scholar scholarships” can be found at www.europeansystemdynamics.eu –> Prospective scholars. We are looking forward to your application… In case you want to discuss details of the scholarships or a potential stay, please contact Andreas Größler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New book – Community Based System Dynamics (Nov 26, 2013)
In his new book, Society member Peter Hovmand, introduces researchers and practitioners to the design and application of participatory systems modeling with diverse communities. The book bridges community- based participatory research methods and rigorous computational modeling approaches to understanding communities as complex systems. It emphasizes the importance of community involvement both to understand the underlying system and to aid in implementation. Comprehensive in its scope, the volume includes topics that span the entire process of participatory systems modeling, from the initial engagement and conceptualization of community issues to model building, analysis, and project evaluation. Community Based System Dynamics is a highly valuable resource for anyone interested in helping to advance social justice using system dynamics, community involvement, and group model building, and helping to make communities a better place. Peter is the founding director of the Social System Design Lab at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. For more details, editorial reviews and purchasing information please use this link.
System dynamics researchers in the National University of Ireland, Galway, have just launched https://flusurvey.ie, a new public health website that will allow health authorities and members of the public fight against the seasonal flu.
Led by Dr. Jim Duggan, Senior Lecturer at the College of Engineering and Informatics, it involves research collaboration between NUI Galway, the Ireland’s HSE/Health Protection Surveillance Centre, and international partners from the EU-wide Influenzanet project.
The system will provide valuable real-time public health information on the demographics and geographic location of influenza sufferers, and will provide health professionals with an early warning signal of nationwide outbreaks.
The data gathered can also be used to support calibration of real-time system dynamics models to model the spread of influenza. The project has an important educational component, and will involve collaboration with schools to demonstrate the benefits of system dynamics modeling in understanding and exploring important public health challenges. (Nov 19, 2013)
Leverage Networks, Inc. (Nov 18, 2013) announces that it is reinventing the core business of the former Pegasus Communications, Inc., through a new, online platform. Having acquired most assets of Pegasus, including The Systems Thinker(r) newsletter, publications, webinars and other resources, the new company is focusing on creating effective change by spreading the use of Organizational Learning, Systems Thinking, System Dynamics, and related fields by providing relevant, accessible resources and support. The new company will be led by Rebecca Niles (Co-President), Kristina Wile (Co-President), and Kathleen Skaare (Marketing and Operations Director). Early advisors include industry thought leaders and former Pegasus board members: LeAnne Grillo, Ginny Wiley, Dave Packer, and Elayne Dorsey. Investors include Ohana Holdings LLC, an investing arm of Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Leverage Networks will launch an interactive online platform for information hosting, community building and referral services supporting the broader Systems Thinking communities in an effort to increase adoption of the field. The platform will include many of the original publications as well as new digital and physical media such as articles, games, webinars, videos, interactive mobile apps, a matching service for coaches and practitioners, and an industry event calendar. For more information about the launch of Leverage Networks, including product sales and partnering information, please contact: email@example.com.
Two Society Members Visit the Home Office (Nov 14, 2013) Carmine Bianchi, Full Professor of Business and Public Management, University of Palermo, Italy, is currently a visiting scholar at the University at Albany. He will be at UAlbany until the beginning of December. Today, Jose J. Gonzalez, Director Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM) Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, Norway, gave a talk titled “A Paradigm Shift for Emergency Management.” While here, they also met with Victor Asal, Director of the University at Albany Center for Policy Research; Karl Rethemeyer, Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany; and Eliot Rich, Associate Professor at the University at Albany School of Business.
Carmine Bianchi, Victor Asal, Jose J. Gonzalez, Karl Rethemeyer, and Eliot Rich
EMSD: Application Deadline European Master Program in System Dynamics (Nov 12, 2013)
The EMSD program is a joint effort of the universities of Bergen (Norway), Palermo (Italy), New university of Lisbon (Portugal), and Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). Students spend one semester in Bergen, one in either Palermo or Lisbon, and one in Nijmegen. Final, thesis, semester is in one of the four universities. Applications for the two year Master program can be sent in until Dec. 2nd 2013. Selection will take place in January and students will be notified in March 2014 whether they are admitted to the program 2014-2016, and whether or not they are eligible for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
For more information visit: http://www.europeansystemdynamics.eu/
New Book on Systems Thinking and Modeling (Nov 11, 2013)
“Beyond Connecting the Dots,” by Gene Bellinger and Scott Fortmann-Roe, is now released! This initial release is for the Mac and PC. The iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and Android versions will follow in about 4 weeks.
“Beyond Connecting the Dots” is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling providing an exciting experience that goes beyond the printed word. The book contains living models you can interact with right in the book, by unfolding the model story, and in many cases adjusting the model parameters on–the-fly to see the results. To see the full announcement, visit the SDForum which also contains a link to an overview video.
Press Release from isee systems (Nov 8, 2013)
isee systems has released STELLA® Modeler for the iPad. “The new product will get Systems Thinking into the hands of more educators, students, and business people so they can learn, think, and share ideas about real problems to reach effective solutions,” says Bob Eberlein, co-president. STELLA Modeler for iPad brings the expressiveness and analytic capabilities of STELLA to people’s fingertips. “iPads have given people a whole new way to interact with information,” says Karim Chichakly. To see the full press release from isee systems on the new product, the plans of the new executive team in renewed attention to the educational market, and a revitalized business focus, please visit the site.
Live Webinar: Credit Card Market Simulation: Identifying strategies that drive structural change (Nov 7, 2013)
With so many customers and competitors, and operating in such a complex environment, financial service providers can benefit greatly from understanding the system dynamics of their industry. On November 19, David Starr and Sharon Els will tell the story of an engagement done for MasterCard and the remarkable performance improvements that resulted.
This Web Seminar is the third 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 financial services, please tell them about the event. Read details and register.
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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SD Events Around the World on November 1, 2013 (Nov 5, 2013)
November 1-2, 2013 – Shanghai, China: The first System Dynamics Academic Forum for Postgraduates was hosted by Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Shanghai, Nov 1-2, 2013. About 80 postgraduate students and young scholars from more than 17 universities and institutes attended the forum. The committee received around 100 articles and after refereeing, 70% of them were accepted. This forum brought the present members together for a high-quality two-day conference with several keynote speeches and an academic salon. After paper presentation and communication in three parallel sessions, where invited eminent scholars in SD area made sublime comments, the awards ceremony was held on the closing ceremony. Prof. Qifan Wang, the leader of SD in China, also attended the ceremony and awarded the first prize winners. The forum offered an extensive and in-depth examination into the academics and application of system dynamics.
November 1-2, 2013 – Albany, USA: The 27th semiannual MIT–UAlbany System Dynamics Colloquium was held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the University at Albany. A group of 30 people attended the November 1st meeting. Participants included students, faculty, and practitioners from eight universities and organizations. Work presented covered a variety of topics including performance management in the public sector, sustainable development, higher education, smart cities, obesity intervention, and environmental impacts of hydropower projects.
A link to information about this fall’s event (as well as other past gatherings) including a summary, abstracts, presentations, and pictures, at the bottom of the Society’s Activities page or go directly to the 27th Colloquium page.
Please join us in welcoming Kara James to our office staff. Kara is a recent Capital District transplant, moving to the area from Central New York. She previously worked for the Public Relations Department at Morrisville State College. Kara’s background includes journalism and photography. Welcome, Kara! (Oct 30, 2013)
Two upcoming System Dynamics Conferences (Oct 24, 2013)
November 6-8, 2013 – Mexico DF: Technological Monterrey, Mexico City Campus. For the past 10 years, the Latin American Chapter of the System Dynamics Society has convened annually to help promote System Dynamics and Systems Thinking within the community, and also to help strengthen links. Researchers, practitioners, educators, and students from Latin America will present papers supporting, and in line with, the congress’ objectives and themes. For a complete listing, visit http://onceclads.com, follow on Twitter at @onceclads. Hosted by the Latin American Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.
February 22-24, 2014 – Tokyo, Japan: Kanda Campus, Senshu University. The First Asia-Pacific System Dynamics Conference aims at popularizing and extending system dynamics in the wide area of the Asia-Pacific region. The conference facilitates interactions between local chapters and interest groups, introduces newcomers to the field, keeps practitioners aware of current developments, and provides unparalleled networking opportunities. Please see the Call for Papers. Hosted by the Japan Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.
Live Webinar: ReThink Health: Simulation Models Supporting Local Solutions to a National Problem (Oct 17, 2013)
Announcing the second webinar in the XMILE series: Jack Homer will be presenting ReThink Health, a model based approach to understanding health at the community level that has featured prominently in our last two conferences. The ReThink Health webinar is an opportunity to introduce new people to System Dynamics. If you have friends or colleagues interested in health and health care let them know. It promises to be interesting and informative. Read details and register.
The first webinar in the series, on climate change, was a great success. If you did not have a chance to see it, a link to both the slides and a recording of the presentation is available at http://xmile.systemdynamics.org/.
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Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference – Integrating Learning Environments (Oct 15, 2013) The 11th Biennial Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference will be held in Wellesley, Massachusetts from June 28-30, 2014. This conference will feature effective strategies and methods for K-12 systems education. Educators, policy makers, and interested citizens will have the opportunity to explore and learn approaches that can integrate all aspects of the learning environment and improve learning. For more information, please visit www.clexchange.org.
Eskom’s First Annual System Dynamics Conference (Oct 15, 2013)
20th November 2013. The objective of this conference is to bring the South African system dynamics network together to share experiences gained in applying a system dynamics methodology to better understand the dynamic behaviour of complex systems over time with respect to system description, problem identification, policy analysis and design. By giving the system dynamics community a platform to demonstrate their work and share lessons learnt, Eskom aims to support growth of this science on a national level so that South Africans are better equipped to make strategic decisions. The conference is free and the invitation is open to system dynamics practitioners, policy makers, decision makers, strategists, energy planners, modellers, as well as those interested in learning about the practical applications of the system dynamics methodology. Eskom hereby invites you to attend. For registration forms and other conference details, please email Mapule Ntsoane at NtsoanMM@eskom.co.za.
Merritt Williamson Award for Best Paper at the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Conference (Oct 9, 2013)
Stuart Madnick, Allen Moulton, and Travis Trammell won the Best Paper award at the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Conference for their paper “Using System Dynamics to Analyze the Effect of Funding Fluctuation on Software Development.” All full paper submissions to the ASEM International Annual Conference are reviewed by a team of EMJ editors, associate editors, and reviewers from a broad range of specialty areas within Engineering Management. The selection of the Merritt Williamson Award Best Paper is made as the result of a two-stage process. In the first stage, a subset of papers are identified as best paper candidates. In the second stage of review, a detailed review is completed by at least two different members of the review team. A working paper pre-publication version is available online. Congratulations to Stu, Allen and Travis!
Live Webinar: The Dynamics of Climate Change
This June, the OASIS Open Standards Body launched a technical committee to develop a standard for specifying and storing System Dynamics models called XMILE. As part of that effort, the XMILE Technical Committee is trying to build awareness of both System Dynamics and the formative standard through a series of web seminars. These seminars will feature a variety of applications from speakers who are likely well-known to you. The first seminar is on the C-ROADS model, winner of this year’s Applications Award. Read details and register.
It’s free, and I encourage you to sign up. But, more importantly, I hope you will pass this information along to people you know who might be interested in learning more about System Dynamics and the topics covered. There will be a range of applications presented – something interesting for everyone.
Let’s try to get our friends as excited about System Dynamics as we are. Please help spread the word.
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Sep 30, 2013
UND and UIB: Exploration and Research of Energy Development (Sep 26, 2013)
Society members Pål Davidsen and David Wheat, faculty members in the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Bergen; Scott Johnson, the principal advisor at the Institute of Energy Studies (IES) at University of North Dakota (UND); and others are meeting again to continue their research partnership. The System Dynamics approach will be used during this project, which includes sharing faculty and research information about oil and energy development, environmental management, social programs, and other information. The week-long visit included a tour of the UND’s extensive core sample library. (See Valleynewslive September 24, 2013)
Last Call Available for Sale OnlineThe “Last Call” is a documentary film about The Limits to Growth. The film presents rare historical footage and extensive new interviews with all the principals to portray the Club of Rome project, from its birth at MIT until its profound relevance today. The film had its US premiere at the 2013 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. It is now available for sale at www.videoproject.com/lastcall.html. (Sep 18, 2013)
Diana Fisher Provided Modeling and Simulation Training, sponsored by NASA and Radford University
The MODSIM Workshop (July 15 – 26, 2013) for high school mathematics teachers in Virginia was sponsored by NASA Langley Research Center and Radford University. This two-week, 8 am to 5 pm, workshop provided instruction in system dynamics modeling appropriate for the high school mathematics classroom, and provide a hook for interdisciplinary lesson planning within their schools. The teachers worked with the STELLA software building models, reflected on curriculum change, and developed their own lessons to use in their classrooms in the fall. They aligned many of their lessons with the Virginia Standards of Learning Mathematics. As the workshop was housed at the NASA Langley Research Center, the teachers also had an opportunity to take field trips to flight simulators, crash landing test sites, and wind tunnels. They also had presentations by leading NASA research scientists on the importance of simulation and modeling in space exploration and how frequently NASA engineers use simulation in their work. The workshop design, implementation, and instruction were provided by Diana M. Fisher, with the help of Kim Brush for the NASA related activities. (Aug 26, 2013)
isee systems Delivers Big Insights Through the Systems Innovation Practice
Consultancy brings deep system dynamics experience to broad range of client engagements: August 20, 2013, Lebanon, New Hampshire — Long recognized as thought leaders in Systems Thinking practice and tools, isee systems has partnered with a distinguished team of system dynamicists to form Systems Innovation Practice. “This practice connects client organizations with some of the most experienced Systems Thinkers in the world,” says Khalid Saeed, practice founder and close friend and colleague of the late Barry Richmond. “Our collaborative processes will ensure that clients develop high-value models that yield productive insights.”
The Practice delivers value to a wide-range of client organizations, and the consultants are particularly experienced in health care, energy, environment, public policy and business issues. Services include:
- One on one coaching and modeling support – Consultants act as advisors and teachers to clients who are articulating issues, developing models and communicating insights.
- Customized training and workshops – Consultants create and deliver programs that build an organization’s internal capacity to develop Systems Thinking models and apply insights.
- Group modeling projects – Consultants and clients collaborate on projects aimed at strategic decision-making or problem solving.
- Policy analysis and decision support – Consultants model the client’s systems and issues identifying the insights needed to develop solutions and seize opportunities.
“Our deep and broad collective experience allows us to match the service, approach, modeling tools and consultant with client requirements,” says Bob Eberlein, practice consultant. “Our goal is to guide clients in uncovering systemic structures and designing policies that will yield the best results.”
isee systems continues to support partnerships with qualified consulting groups around the world. Clients will be referred to partners that are best able to address their issues. For more information about the Systems Innovation Practice’s services, insight models, projects, and team, please visit www.systemsinnovationpractice.com. (Aug 20, 2013)
Call for Papers Announcement
Information Technology and Management will publish a special issue on Information Systems to Support Sustainable Consumption and Sustainable Supply. This special issue focuses on how information technology can be leveraged to support transparency of supply chain and consumer trust in order to support sustainable consumption. One of the key objectives, besides promoting in-depth discussion on the technological, social, economic, and political implications of developing sustainable supply chain, is to bridge the research gap between sustainable consumption and sustainable supply chain literature. Please read here for more details. (Aug 2, 2013)
Follow-up from the OASIS XMILE meetings at the Cambridge Conference
As a follow-up from the OASIS XMILE meetings at the Cambridge conference, a new webinar has been scheduled to provide more information about the vision of XMILE. ViaSim Solutions, a developer of SD-based business tools, will provide a demonstration of some of its tools as an example of how to embed System Dynamics models into enterprise software solutions like Supply Chain Management and Project Management. This will provide the first example of how an XML Open Standard like XMILE might empower a new industry of embedded SD software applications that allow everyone to interact with complex systems derived from Big Data and benefit from Systems Thinking in online applications, smart phones, and tablets.
ViaSim will introduce their solutions and methodologies in a webinar this Friday, August 2, at 10:00am EST. This webinar is open to everyone interested. Please feel free to join the meeting.
System Dynamics Society Awards Given at the Conference (July 31, 2013)
Lifetime Achievement Award System Dynamics Society occasionally recognizes people for making a significant contribution to a field or a practice over an extended period of time by giving them Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the only award of the Society that is based on a body of work done over lifetime and not on a single article. This year, this award was presented to John Richardson for his work in sustainable development and public policy.
Dennis Meadows, John Richardson, and Jack Homer
Benjamin Turner, and Joanne Egner
The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award is presented annually to a deserving System Dynamics practitioner whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or apply it to current social issues. This year’s recipient was Benjamin Turner, a PhD candidate at South Dakota State University for his papers “Student Initiated Systems Dynamics in the Academic Setting: Opportunities, Challenges and Enjoying the Process” and “An Investigation into Land Use Changes and Consequences in the Northern Great Plains Using Systems Thinking and Dynamics“.
The System Dynamics Applications Award is presented by the Society every other year for the best “real world” application of system dynamics. The Society awarded its 2013 Applications Award 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.
John Sterman, Philip Rice, Andrew Jones, Lori Siegel, Thomas Fiddaman, and Travis Franck
The Dana Meadows Award of the System Dynamics Society is given annually for the best paper by a student presented at the annual System Dynamics Conference. Established in 2001, the prize celebrates and recognizes high quality student work in the field of system dynamics. The 2013 recipient was Sebastian Villa Betancur from the University of Lugano for his paper (co-authored by Paulo Goncalves and Santiago Arango) Exploring Retailer’s Ordering Decisions Under Delays. The 2013 Honorable Mention recipient was Rodney James Scott from the University of Queensland for his paper (co-authored by Robert Cavana and Donald Cameron) Evaluating long-term impact of qualitative system dynamics workshops on participant mental models.
Bob Cavana and John Morecroft
Paulo Goncalves and John Morecroft
The winners of Best Poster Presentation at the Poster Symposium was Using Dynamic Stock & Flow Models for Global and Regional Material and Substance Flow Analysis – An Example for Copper, by Simon Gloeser and Marcel Soulier. Honorable Mention Posters: The establishment of container-deposit on single-use beverage packaging in Germany, by Roland Maximilian Happach and Meike Tilebein; Elicitation of Mental Models of Dynamic Systems: Do Existing Elicitation Approaches Suffice? by Stefan Groesser and Martin Schaffernicht.
Roland Maximilian Happach, Martin Schaffernicht, Stefan Groesser, Tom Fiddaman, Simon Gloeser, and Marcel Soulier
Northbridge High School Students will be Attending the Cambridge Conference
A team of ten students from Northbridge High School in Whitinsville, Massachusetts will be attending the Cambridge Conference. In July of 2011, Northbridge High School took a bold step for the future of education. System Dynamics, an honors, independent study course, that would consume and shape the lives of its students, was piloted. The description states the course “will examine informational texts that compel us to see society in a new light as a system of variables that are subject to change. Through systems thinking, communicating, and learning, you will unlock the skills required to move from theory to application and address the greatest issues facing humanity. This course demands a commitment to active independent and collaborative work on intellectual challenges, and flexibility is a necessity.”
The students explored this non-traditional, interactive course for the past two school years. Guided by systems thinker Neal Mitchell and English teacher Sherri Travers, the students learned about and utilized systems thinking by looking at complex real-world problems, using STELLA, and reading books. The students write “Among the confusion of a course that no one could completely explain, the team of students succeeded in thinking both systematically and dynamically, growing into true systems thinkers.” With the conference so close to their home, the students felt this was an opportunity not to be missed! We look forward to welcoming them to the conference. (July 6, 2013)
Follow up on Understanding Big Data Using System Dynamics and XMILE Webinar
Report on Impact Factor for System Dynamics Review
Webinar: Understanding Big Data Using System Dynamics and XMILE
Members of the OASIS open standards consortium, including IBM and isee systems, are starting an initiative to standardize an XML Interchange Language (XMILE) for System Dynamics. The standard will enable organizations to generate complex cause and effect models for Big Data Analytics. XMILE has the potential to revolutionize the way organizations consume Big Data, analyze options, and evaluate decisions. This webinar will be offered to learn about System Dynamics, XMILE, and the exciting opportunities for Big Data Policy Simulation. Big Data gives us access to deeper and broader analytical results that offer exciting new opportunities. With those opportunities come unique challenges to interpret and understand the consequences of our decisions.
To learn more about this webinar, how to register, who should attend, speakers, requirements, references, as well as previous discussions about this topic, please visit the Open Discussion area of the SDForum. The webinar will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM EDT for one hour.
A public Call for Participation in the OASIS XMILE Technical Committee has been issued; the first XMILE TC meeting will be held at the International System Dynamics Conference on 24 July. (June 18, 2013)
In a recent Wolfram Blog “Energy Resource Dynamics with the New System Dynamics Library for SystemModeler” by Mikael Forsgren, Wolfram MathCore, part of the first paragraph states “System dynamics, a methodology developed by Jay Forrester in the ’60s and ’70s, is well suited for understanding the dynamics of large-scale systems with diverse components. It has been famously applied by the Club of Rome to investigate the limits of human growth; other applications include production management, life sciences, and economics (some showcases of the methodology can be found here).”
If you have used system dynamics in a project for a private or public organization and would like your case to be known more widely, please submit for inclusion in the System Dynamics Case Repository. Please follow the submission instructions. For more information on the Case Repository, also see . (June 18, 2013)
Executive Program for Humanitarian Professionals Taught Around the World by Society Members
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Paulo Gonçalves taught the ‘Beer Game’ as part of a three day introductory workshop on supply chain modeling using system dynamics. The goal of the workshop is to teach teachers and lecturers in the Department of Logistics at Adama University. The workshop was offered to participants through a collaboration of the Master in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) at the University of Lugano and the Kuehne foundation. Future plans include another three day advanced workshop to the same group. MASHLM is a project-based part-time executive program for humanitarian professionals. (June 14, 2013)
In Amman, Jordan: Laura Black and Don Greer taught Strategic Planning and Scenario Planning courses for participants of the Master in Humanitarian Operations and Supply Chain Management (MASHOM) in Amman, Jordan. MASHOM is a project-based part-time executive program for humanitarian professionals taught in the field. The first cohort of students are taught in Jordan and include senior managers from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Quote from Laura “This was an amazing week—the students were eager to learn everything they could and tremendously dedicated to their work for the International Organization for Migration. It was a privilege to be in the role of ‘teacher’ to them.” (June 14, 2013)
George Richardson Receives the Rockefeller College Distinguished Service Award
Dr. George P. Richardson, Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, was recently recognized with the College’s Distinguished Service Award. This Award recognizes George’s contributions over more than 25 years of affiliation with the Department in both scholarship and service. While George is well known to the field of system dynamics through his founding and editing of the System Dynamics Review, leadership in the System Dynamics Society, and contribution to the annual conferences, he was also an important leader in his home Department as well. He served as chair of all three degree programs in the Department, contributed to numerous tenure and promotion committees, and was chair of the Department for more than 10 years. A gifted instructor, George continued to teach regularly and mentor the next generation of system scholars. The faculty and staff of the College extend their congratulations and thanks to Dr. Richardson for his manifold contributions over the last quarter century. (June 13, 2013)
The U.S. STEM Undergraduate Model
It is great to see an important and public report entirely based on insights from system dynamics modeling – Applying System Dynamics to Help Meet President Obama’s Goals for One Million STEM Graduates and the U.S. Navy’s Civilian STEM Workforce Needs – published by the Business Higher Education Forum. (“STEM” = science, technology, engineering, maths). This report shows how insights gained from system dynamics modeling can help inform the Navy’s strategy to grow a robust civilian workforce that is strongly invested with Navy-relevant STEM skills and ready to contribute to the next generation of Naval innovation. (June 11, 2013)
Florian Kapmeier has been appointed to Professor of Strategy and International Project Management at the ESB European School of Business at Reutlingen University in South Germany. Florian applies System Dynamics mainly to challenges in corporate strategy. Further research includes teaching systems thinking skills among other topics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, has worked for PA Consulting Group in Germany and was a Professor at Heilbronn University for two-and-a-half-years. Florian has been an active member of the International System Dynamics Society and the German System Dynamics Chapter. At the ESB Florian will be teaching System Dynamics in the Business Management programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels. (June 7, 2013)
New Business Special Interest Group
A proposal to form a renewed Business Special Interest Group has been approved by the Policy Council. The proposal is backed by a keen core of business-based members. The purpose of the Business SIG of the System Dynamics Society is to promote and support the wider adoption of System Dynamics methodology and best practices in businesses, and provide communication channels for recognizing the achievements of System Dynamics practitioners across all business sectors. Membership in the Business SIG is open to all members of the System Dynamics Society as well as non-members who are System Dynamics practitioners and SIG supporters in the business, academic, and government sectors. The new Business SIG will hold its first meeting on Wednesday July 24, the Practitioners’ Day at the Cambridge conference. For more information please contact Fred Kautz at firstname.lastname@example.org. (June 6, 2013)
Only two months remain until the opening of the Cambridge Conference!
The program will be filled with thought-provoking sessions, presentations of ground-breaking research, networking opportunities, and delightful social events. Invited and Contributed Plenary Presentations include:
- Human Capital Development
- Global Modeling
- Market Dynamics
- The CEO as Modeler
New this year, the Model Expo: A chance to experiment with models presented in the program and interact with their creators. To see the full list of plenary, parallel, and poster sessions please visit the conference website Sessions by Thread.
Wednesday is Practitioners’ Day, with a focus on the application of system dynamics models to real world issues. The plenary and parallel sessions will highlight practical applications of the methodology and the results achieved. Know anyone who is interested but too busy to attend the full conference? Practitioners’ Day, combined with the Thursday workshops, will provide an opportunity to see what is being done and pick up new skills in just a couple of days.
Note that late July is a peak season for Boston hotels. Please make your room reservation with the Hyatt Regency Cambridge as soon as possible.
Information and continuous updates about the PhD Colloquium, Modeling Assistance Workshop, Thursday Workshop offerings, Newcomer Orientation, Spouses’ Lounge, Travel and more are available on the conference website! Register today! (May 21, 2013)
New Bibliographic Updates Webpage
Early this year we announced a new page that lists Bibliography updates and recent publications related to System Dynamics. Since the end of January, nineteen peer-reviewed articles, published in seventeen journals, have been submitted. You may also access links to the System Dynamics Review current issue and early view from the update page to see all articles included in this update. The published-elsewhere references are listed in order of receipt and will remain listed until the next Bibliography update. We are confident there are more articles; we would like to hear about them and publicize your work. Send references for recent articles or articles of any age to email@example.com to be included on the list and in our Bibliography.
An updated version of the Bibliography, with over 10,000 references, is now available. Please visit the System Dynamics Bibliography page. (May 15, 2013)
Fourth-year Anniversary of the First SD Class at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
To celebrate the fourth-year anniversary of the first module (class) in Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems, at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, John Richardson’s students will be giving “final examination” presentations describing their original model-based projects to a wider audience comprising members of Singapore’s academic and public policy communities. This will also mark the completion of the module by more than 100 students from Singapore, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and the many other nations that the Lee Kuan Yew School serves. Most students will return to or embark on careers as public policy professionals.
What does the module in the Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems entail? Students are expected to define a policy relevant problem and craft a system dynamics model that addresses it. After rigorous validity and robustness testing, the model is used to diagnose the problem and point to policy recommendations. These must be accessible and compelling to potential clients with no background in dynamic systems modeling. These final oral presentations, backed up with written reports and documentation, provide class members with the opportunity to demonstrate the level of mastery in public policy modeling that they have attained… (May 6, 2013)
Call for Papers Announcement
The Journal of Operations Management (JOM) will publish a special issue: System Dynamics: Emergence, Reinforcement, Adaptation and Traps. Special issue editors include members John Sterman and Rogelio Oliva. JOM has a very broad definition of “Operations Management” (logistics, capacity planning, resource allocations, behavioral decision making, process improvement, services, etc.) so modeling or experimental work submissions are encouraged. Information about the JOM’s aims and scope and guidelines for authors are available at online. (Apr 25, 2013)
Special Events at the 2013 System Dynamics Conference
We are happy to announce some special events at the 2013 System Dynamics Conference. A practitioners’ track is organized to demonstrate the value of system dynamics in real world settings, and will be capped off by the CEO as Modeler plenary. This plenary session will bring together three CEOs who, in addition to running their companies, build models to help them do so. It is hard to get more hands-on than this. Also, a showing of Last Call, a documentary film on the genesis and message of The Limits to Growth, is tentatively planned. The schedule will be announced in early June, with updates posted on the conference website. The program promises to provide the breadth and depth needed to really understand what people are doing in the field.
The Modeling Assistance Workshop, the Red Ribbon Event, and the Newcomer Orientation are perennial favorite events, all returning to the Cambridge conference. Details on these items and more can be found on online.
Registration is now open. Take advantage of opportunities to gain and share knowledge in the field, network and more. We hope to see you in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the dates of the conference are July 21 – 25, 2013. (April 18, 2013)
Student Team at University of Bergen Wins Award
Retrieved from http://www.utdanningibergen.no
A University of Bergen student team developed a system dynamics model to win this year’s Case Competition in Bergen, Norway. The team included Aklilu Tadesse and Melak Ayenew, master’s students from Ethiopia who study under SD professors David Wheat, Pål Davidsen, and Erling Moxnes; plus Hasan Baniamin and Mizanur Rahman from the department of administration and organizational theory. The team members shared the cash prize of 20,000 NOK ($3400). The Case Competition is an annual collaborative case study project sponsored by Study Bergen, the Career Centre Springbrettet, and representatives from business and industry. This year’s problem stemmed from the office relocation plans of Aibel AS, an engineering and construction company within Norway’s energy sector. Five student teams competed to find solutions to the challenges of change management and logistics. The teams had two weeks to identify the core problem, develop a solution, write a report, and make a presentation to the judges. The candidates were free to chose any problem solving method. When announcing their decision, the judges said the winning team produced a focused and solution-oriented response to the problem, and that the SD model gave the solution a sound scientific basis. The students engaged in this project on their own, outside of their regular study schedule. Their initiative as well as success made their professors very proud. These sources provide more details: Utdanningibergen.no; Springbrette.org (April 1, 2013)
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Rogelio Oliva Received a Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching
Rogelio Oliva has received the 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of teaching at Texas A&M University, the sixth largest university in the US, with 48,000 students. The selection is rigorous and the recipients are chosen by a campus-wide committee composed of faculty, students, former students, and staff. This university-wide honor encourages and rewards superior classroom teachers. It recognizes the commitment to the learning process exemplifying the meaning of teacher/mentor in its highest sense. The award is designed to distinguish those teachers who maintain high expectations of their students and ensure academic rigor in their courses. These teachers recognize their responsibilities in motivating and contributing to the overall development of their students as learners and future professionals. The award is testimony to the esteem in which Rogelio is held by his colleagues. Congratulations to Rogelio! (Mar 21, 2013)
UND and UIB Established a New Partnership
An energizing connection to Norway. Retrieved from http://und.edu/
The University of North Dakota (UND) and the University of Bergen (UIB) signed an agreement on Tuesday, March 19th, to exchange students, faculty and research. This agreement has established a new partnership between UND and UIB to solve the social problems associated with the western North Dakota’s oil boom. System Dynamics approach will be used in this collaboration to allow social scientists and engineers to work together and develop an integrated view of social problems. Society members Pål Davidsen, a faculty member in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UIB, and Scott Johnson, the principal advisor at the Institute of Energy Studies (IES) at UND, are participating in this project. For more details, please read UND News; Valleynewslive (March 21, 2013)
Geoff Coyle Commemorative Event
The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society is planning the commemorative event “Geoff Coyle: legacy and prospects for system dynamics” on May 29, to be held at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. The event will be hosted by the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College. Speakers will include Eric Wolstenholme, Jonathan Coyle, Bob Cavana, and John Morecroft. For the speaker topics, hotel information and further details, please visit the proposed programme. (Mar 19, 2013)
Steer Davies Gleave Awards System Dynamics Prize
The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society awarded the Steer Davies Gleave Prize for the best example of applying systems modelling to address a real-world problem at its annual gathering held in early February in London.
The recipient of the award was The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI), for the development of System Dynamics to help inform decisions about the number of doctors and dentists to train in future to meet predicted workforce requirements. The CfWI supported the Health and Education National Strategic Exchange (HENSE) on this project in 2012. The award was accepted jointly with the Decision Analysis Services (DAS) which partnered the CfWI in this project. Dr. Graham Willis, Head of Research at the CfWI, Dr. Andrew Woodward, Lead Modeller at the CfWI and Dr. Siôn Cave of DAS accepted the prize.
Dr. Graham Willis said: “It takes many years to train doctors and dentists, about 15 for a hospital consultant, so an under or over-supply cannot be corrected quickly or easily. The cost of training and employing an individual is also significant so it is highly important to have as much information as possible when making vital decisions about the number of students entering training.”
The aim of this prize is to promote the use of System Dynamics to address real-world problems, and to raise awareness of System Dynamics by publicizing, examples of such good work. It is awarded for the best application of System Dynamics to a problem of significant public interest in the UK. The prize is sponsored by Steer Davies Gleave. (Feb 15, 2013)
Jorgen Randers, 2052: A GLOBAL FORECAST
Jorgen Randers spoke about his internationally recognized book 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years to a capacity audience as guest of the NYS Writers Institute. The February 6th talk included perspectives on humanity’s possible futures with particular emphasis on the impact of global warming, pollution, water scarcity, food shortages, and the collapse of the fossil fuel economy. He also participated in an informal seminar given at the University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy speaking on his challenging book. Jorgen is a founding member of System Dynamics Society, Professor of Climate Strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, and formerly served as Deputy Director-General of the World Wildlife Fund. (Feb 7, 2013)
Announcing the New Bibliographic Updates Webpage We are pleased to announce a new page that lists Bibliography updates and recent publications related to System Dynamics in peer reviewed journals. This will include the most recent articles in the System Dynamics Review and articles published elsewhere.
A recent review of the bibliography entries revealed a number of journal articles in 2012. Please see the new Bibliographic Updates page on the Society website. We are confident there are more articles; we would like to hear about them and publicize your work. Send references for recent articles or articles of any age to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the list and in our Bibliography. (Jan 21, 2013)
Mohammad Mojtahedzadeh has been selected as an Associate Technical Fellow in The Boeing Company. Approximately only 1.5 percent of Boeing’s workforce is in the Technical Fellowship Program.Mohammad is in Boeing Research and Technology focusing on system dynamics simulation models and visual analytics to support strategic decision-making. He combines various simulation methodologies and data analytics to develop high level dynamic models in different areas including manufacturing, design and development programs and market dynamics. Mohammad holds a PhD in System Dynamics from the University at Albany-SUNY and has been an active member of the System Dynamics Society for the past two decades. He has published in the area of understanding dynamic models based on the feedback structure. Congratulations Mohammad! (Jan 18, 2013)
Virtual Issue Special Announcement
The System Dynamics Society is pleased to announce we have just published the first virtual issue of the System Dynamics Review. A virtual issue is a special grouping of papers on a topic that have already been published in the Review. The first special issue was edited by David Ford and James Lyneis on “Application of System Dynamics to Project Management.” In addition to a brief introduction by the editors, this issue offers a direct link to nine papers in the System Dynamics Review as well as a full bibliography of other resources related to the topic.
Rogelio Oliva, Executive Editor of the System Dynamics Review stated “I am convinced that the special issues will be a great way to increase the visibility of the journal as most readers approach the journal from a topical point of view. I’ve been working with the Society’s Special Interest Groups to get some of these virtual issues in place as soon as possible.” (Jan 7, 2013)
Announcing the 2013 Policy Council
The Policy Council is the governing body of System Dynamics Society. It is the PC’s responsibility to be the chief legislative, policy-making, judicial, and review body of the Society. Please see the full list of all officers and members of the Policy Council below; the 2013 President is Kim Warren. If you have any questions that you would like addressed by the Policy Council, please email the Society office at email@example.com.
All governing documents, as well as membership lists of Standing Committees, reports, and minutes can be found on the Governance page.
2013 Officers and Policy Council Members
President: Kim Warren (2013)
President Elect: Edward G. Anderson (2013)
Past President: David Ford (2013)
Founding President: Jay W. Forrester
Secretary: J. Bradley Morrison (2013-2014)
- Chapter Activities: Martin Schaffernicht (2011-2013)
- Electronic Presence: Robert L. Eberlein (2012-2014)
- Finance: David F. Andersen (2011-2013)
- Meetings: Leonard Malczynski (2013-2015)
- Member Services: Etiënne A.J.A. Rouwette (2012-2014)
- Publications: George P. Richardson (2012-2014)
- (2011-2013): Allyson Beall, Peter Hovmand, Markus Schwaninger
- (2012-2014): Roderick MacDonald, Lees Stuntz, Sylvia Ulli-Beer, Nicole Zimmermann
- (2013-2015): Elise Axelrad, Inge Bleijenbergh, Paulo Gonçalves, Timothy Taylor
(Jan 2, 2013)
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