2009 Summer Policy Council Meeting and Reports

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These reports were presented at the 2009 Summer Policy Council Meeting and are listed alphabetically by the last name of the reporter. Reports are Acrobat (.pdf) files and can be read using Acrobat Reader available from http://www.adobe.com. Supporting material may be provided.

Andersen, David   VP Finance Report for July, 2009 -- REVISED 2010 Budget Inc/Exp Reports Attachments #6 and #7   (Based on votes at the Administration Committee and Policy Council Meetings at the Albuquerque, NM meetings, I submit the revised budget reports for 2010. The REVISED Attachments replace the originals in the VP Finance Report dated July 22, 2009.) Report

Andersen, David   VP Finance Report for July, 2009   (2008 was not a good year financially for the System Dynamics Society. We lost slightly over $98,000 due to poor performance of our investments and an operating loss at the Athens conference. However, the Society remains in strong financial health and we have sufficient reserve assets to make it through such a bad year. (I note that without losses in our investments, we would have run in the black.) Our losses for 2008 appear now to be even greater than those I reported back in January. This is because I have now posted all of the investment losses that were still being processed back in January and because a legally-mandated shift from a cash to an accrual basis has moved some revenues and expenditures out of our 2008 report on to our balance sheet. My proposed budget for 2010 is incomplete because we do not yet have a fully articulated budget for the Korea conference and I am not able to make a reliable prediction of how our investments will perform in 2010. Finally, I present data on how the new tiered dues structure performed in 2008, the first year for which we have data.) Report

Andersen, Deborah   Report VP Publications   (This report identifies individuals who are involved in Society publications and lists projects and issues with publications that have surfaced this year. In particular, the reconstituted Publications Committee will be an important policy body for the Society.) Report

Dangerfield, Brian   Report of the Executive Editor of the System Dynamics Review   (The report for the attention of the Policy Council meeting at Albuquerque is attached.) Report

Eberlein, Robert   VP Electronic Presence Report   (The web submission system has been expanded to include the PhD Colloquium. The Wiki and Discussion Forum are up and not seeing much traffic. The development of a content management system based web site is on the back burner.) Report

Eberlein, Robert   Conference Scholarship Committee Report   (We have awarded 10 fee waiver and hotel scholarships for 2009. We have relaxed the restriction that recipients have an accepted paper. For 2009 only there is also a special K-12 registration fee scholarship.) Report

Ford, Andrew   Report of the Oversight Committee   (There is nothing new to report from the Conference Oversight Committee.)

Groessler, Andreas   Report of VP Meetings for summer PC meeting 2009   (2010, Seoul: crucial decisions have been made, detail work continuing; 2011, North-America: one interested party (Washington, DC) or Boston as default site; 2012: one strong proposal from Switzerland, some further interest but no other proposals) Report

Haslett, Tim   Report of VP Chapters   (This report outlines the difficulties in getting chapters to submit reports and suggests some possible solutions. It includes all four reports submitted this year.) Report

Hovmand, Peter   Diversity Committee   (The Diversity Committee's main report and statistics shifted to the Winter Policy Council meeting to be consistent with other membership reports. Efforts are underway to further integrate the reporting with the membership database. The committee is sponsoring a round table at ISDC 2009, and will begin to establish a professional network presence on Linked-In and Wiki.)

Lyneis, James   Communty Service Awards (Sub)Committee Report   (This (sub)committee was established by the PC in the Summer 2008. We met electronically and established criteria to formalize the Society's Outstanding Service Award. A reward will be made at this year's conference.) Report

Lyneis, James   Nominating Committee Report   (For 2011, there are three officer openings (President Elect, VP Chapters and VP Finance) and four PC member openings. Additionally there are openings on the following committees: Administrative, Awards, and Nominating Committee. ) Report

Moxnes, Erling   Strategy Development Committee   (Two reports have been written in preparation for the Tuesday committee meeting during the summer conference.) Report

Moxnes, Erling   Agenda in Progress   (If you need assistance uploading a report, please contact the Society office.) Report Supporting

Rahn, R. Joel   VP at large Report   (No new activities to report for this meeting.)

Russel, Graham   Report of the Publisher of System Dynamics Review   (This is the publisher's report on the 2008 volume of SDR.)

Saeed, Khalid   Report of the SDS Awards Committee   (Report of the SDS Awards Committee, July 2009. The last face to face meeting of the committee was held in Athens in 2008 and its deliberations addressed a variety of policy issues concerning the administration of the awards. A summary of the conclusions reached was posted at the PC site. A detailed report of the committee was submitted to PC for vetting at its winter meeting in 2009. The Awards committee has since started deliberations on the following agenda: 1. Chapter awards guidelines 2. JWF award – skipped years 3. JWF award criteria 4. Nomination and deliberation process for specific award committees 5. Other business A face to face meeting has been scheduled for the Albuquerque conference to prepare recommendations on above agenda. Respectfully submitted by Khalid Saeed, SDS Awards Committee Chair. )

Saeed, Khalid   Awards Committee Meeting 2009   (This is the awards Committee Meeting 2009 minutes. ) Report

Schaffernicht, Martin   Latinamerican Chapter Report - July 2009   (The Latinamerican Chapter continues organizing an annual meeting (since 2003) in one of the region’s countries and publishes the “Revista de Dinámica de Sistemas”; beyond this, a number of national or local initiatives related with OFFICERS - President: Martin Schaffernicht, Universidad de Talca, Talca – Chile - Chapter representative: Gloria Pérez, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico; - Web-site dinamica-sistemas.mty.itesm.mx. CHAPTER DETAILS - Number of active members: 120 - Number of full society members: 23 - Fee: none ACTIVITIES - Sixth Annual Meeting in Santiago de Chile (October 2008) - “Revista de Dinámica de Sistemas” - Spanish textbook in e-book format - Spanish language modeling software - K-12 initiative in Colombia PLANNED ACTIVITIES - Seventh annual meeting in Santa Marta (Colombia), November 2009 - Continuity of the “Revista” and other local activities ) Report Supporting

Spencer, Roberta   Annual Report on Home Office Operations for Fiscal Year 2008   (See full Annual Report on Home Office Operations for the year 2008.) Report

Spencer, Roberta   2009 Conference Report   (As of July 6, we have 408 registrations. 35% of registrants have self-reported that this is their first System Dynamics Society conference, which is a substantial increase from the past two years. The rejection rate for papers was 14.51%. There were many new program items including: discussant-type sessions, bonus day events, introduction of new threads, K-12/education convened sessions, group tour packages, kid's program, and the carbon neutral initiative.) Report Supporting

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2009 Summer Policy Council Reports
Updated: Nov 23, 2009.