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New Feature: Language Field in the Bibliography

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

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.

Waters Foundation Systems Thinking in Schools Newsletter

The October 2014 Waters Foundation Systems Thinking in Schools newsletter is now available online. In this issue you can read about how the Waters Foundation team has been busy supporting districts in New York, Wisconsin, Oregon and California in building their systems thinking capacity. Also read about the Project Based Learning workshop held this past summer in Tucson, Arizona, where teachers experienced with systems thinking tools and habits were able to further refine their skills at creating authentic, relevant learning opportunities for students. Also making news is the exciting completion of a 3-year systems thinking capacity-building plan for Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools that came to an impressive closure this past June.

Society for Organizational Learning Announces Upcoming Leadership Program with Peter Senge and Robert Hanig

The Society for Organizational Learning (SOL) has announced its “Foundations for Leadership Program.” Deepen your capacity to lead effectively in this intensive three-day program, based on the leadership development process described in The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge, identified as a seminal management book by Harvard Business Review. Participants in the program will explore what it takes to create an environment where leadership is a shared responsibility, naturally embedded in the fabric of an organization and community, and connect with and benefit from the perspectives of colleagues from a wide range of organizations from around the world. The program, described by past participants as a “not-to-be-missed opportunity,” is facilitated by Peter Senge and Robert Hanig, and will take place December 9-11, 2014 and March 25-27, 2015 in Bedford, MA.

Creative Learning Exchange Newsletter

The Fall 2014 issue of The Creative Learning Exchange’s newsletter The Exchange is now available on their website. In this issue you will find “Innovation Academy Charter School Reaffirms a Systems Approach to Education,” a compelling article about the implementation of systems thinking and education at the Innovation Academy Charter School. Also in the newsletter is an update about CLE’s 11th biennial Systems Thinking and Dynamics Modeling Conference held near Boston, Massachusetts at the end of June.

Food and Agriculture Organization Call for Papers – Deadline Updates

In the context of their “Meeting Urban Food Needs” project, the Food and Agriculture Organization of UN (FAO), in collaboration with the System Dynamics Italian Chapter and the University of Turin, has announced new deadlines for its call for papers (3/2014) on “Complex-systems dynamics principles applied to food systems.” The new proposal submission deadline is November 15, 2014; and new full paper submission deadline is January 30, 2015. Selected papers will stimulate discussion on how complex-systems dynamics perspective can contribute to the understanding of the characteristics, structure, performance and behavior of food systems meeting urban food needs and to the formulation of appropriate policies, strategies and investments plans. At least five authors among those whose paper will be published (one author per paper) will be invited to attend an expert meeting in FAO-Rome in 2015.

International Research Conference on Systemic Analysis in Economics

Member and Russian Chapter Representative Natalia Lychkina invites system dynamicists to participate in the upcoming “International Research Conference on Systemic Analysis in Economics” to be held November 13-14, 2014 in Moscow. Join in several opportunities for the themes of “Theory of Social and Economic Systems,” “Methods for Systemic Modelling,” “Systemic Analysis in Solving Social and Economic Problems,” “Social and Economic Cybernetics,” and “System Measurement and Soft Computing.” Conference working languages will be in English and Russian. For more information including registration information, please visit the conference website.

25th Systems Thinking in Action Conference

Systems Thinking in Action+ DC 2014 Conference with the theme “Systems of Wellbeing” will be held November 5 – 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Systems Thinking has long been established as a discipline, a lens, and a set of tools necessary to create long-term, sustainable solutions, especially when focused on solving problems. The conference goal is to go beyond problem solving and start imagining healthy, thriving individuals, communities and families, and organizations and institutions that promote wellbeing. Where is there leverage for wellness? Where is positive change emerging in our world? And what would it look like if we were to redesign systems, big and small, to facilitate wellness and wellbeing? Keynote speakers include Glenda Eoyang, David Stein and Maria Seddio, David Peter Stroh, Marilee Adams, and Victor Garcia.

EURAM’15 – Entrepreneurship SIG track

“The EURAM (European Academy of Management) Conference” will be held in Warsaw, Poland, in mid-June, 2015. Please see the Call for Papers (CfP) and specifically the CfP for the business simulation topic within the Entrepreneurship SIG track. The title of this track is Visionary entrepreneurship in complex worlds: Computer modeling, business games and scenario analysis. Co-proponent for the Entrepreneurship SIG and Society member Stefano Armenia states, “It is a great occasion for System Dynamics people in Europe to attend a great management conference and for our community to spread out and disseminate in a very large attendance event (usually around 1500 attendees).” Submissions will be done on-line on the EURAM 2015 website from December 1, 2014, till January 13, 2015. For more information, please visit the EURAM’15 Conference website

The Oasis XMILE Technical Committee has been working on the development of a standard for storing System Dynamics models, and have recently approved a Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted it for 30-day public review. The public review started September 12, 2014, and ended October 11, 2014. This document defines an open XML protocol (XMILE) for the sharing, interoperability, and reuse of System Dynamics models and simulations. This was an open invitation to comment, and OASIS solicited feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work. Full information on the 30-day Public Review of XMILE can be found on the SDForum.

New issue of System Dynamics Review Available

The latest issue of System Dynamics Review is available on Wiley Online Library. This issue of System Dynamics Review includes “Radicalization under deep uncertainty: a multi-model exploration of activism, extremism, and terrorism” by Erik Pruyt and Jan Kwakkel, “Model behaviour and the concept of loop impact: A practical method” by John Hayward and Graeme Boswell, and “Public and health professionals’ misconceptions about the dynamics of body weight gain/loss” by Tarek Abdel-Hamid et al.. Articles in this issue also include a research-problem article “Levels of evidence in system dynamics modeling” by Jack homer, and notes and insights articles “‘Model’ teaching” by George Richardson and “Interactive web-based simulations for strategy and sustainability: The MIT Sloan LearningEdge management flight simulators, Part I” by John Sterman.

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The System Dynamics Newsletter is published by the System Dynamics Society.
Editors: Robin Langer, LouAnne Lundgren, Weijia Ran, Rochel Rubin, Erin Sheehan, and Roberta L. Spencer