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System Dynamics

Volume 24 – Number 3        October 2011


From the President

Member News


Washington DC Conference Report
     Policy Council Meeting
     Session Reports
     Notes and Comments from Participants
     Thank You!

Chapter and SIG News

Call For Papers


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From the President

The Ship And The Voyage

Presidential Address to the Twenty-Ninth International Conference
of the System Dynamics Society, July 26th, 2011, Washington, DC

David C. Lane

London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, England.
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It is an honour to have the opportunity of the Presidential Address to speak to one’s colleagues. Some colleagues in the System Dynamics Society may have noticed that I am English. I think of that, and of the fact that it is fairly early in the morning, and that brings to mind a remark from a fellow Englishman. During the nineteenth century the politician William Gladstone was campaigning and he kept a diary. There is one entry in which he records how he made a long speech in the middle of the day and then walked 15 miles to a small village. Gladstone wrote: “I noted immediately upon my arrival that the [people] seemed somewhat jaded, I therefore restricted my remarks to one hour and three quarters”. So, in case you are wondering what is going to happen now, I can at least assure you that in less than 30 minutes this will all be over. (Link to the complete article)

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