Infographic

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the field of System Dynamics, we are asking your help in creating an “SD Infographic” to be displayed at this year’s conference. The SD Infographic will highlight the most memorable System Dynamics-related event(s) in each year, starting in 1957.

Leading up to the conference, we ask you to share any memory, photo, or fact (with the date) that might be included in the SD Infographic. Progress on the SD Infographic will be posted on social media, please participate and follow the progress! Please join us on our SD Infographics LinkedIn Showcase. You can share your items either on our Facebook page or via email (isdc@albany.edu). The final product will be printed on a large banner and be available at the 35th International System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts this year.


1956 – 1959

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1956 - Jay Joined the Sloan Faculty

Jay W. Forrester joined the Sloan faculty in 1956. A 1956 memo to the faculty research seminar titled “Dynamic models of economic systems and industrial organizations” laid out his initial thinking, and became the first in a series of D-Memos (dynamic modeling memos).
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1957 - Refrigerator/Beer Game

Forrester wanted an accessible way to explain his management insights to students. So he devised the Refrigerator Game, soon re-dubbed the Beer Game. In this table game, teams mimic the beer industry’s supply chain, trying to meet consumer demand while minimizing costly inventory
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1958 - SIMPLE

Richard Bennett created the first system dynamics computer modeling language called SIMPLE (Simulation of Industrial Management Problems with Lots of Equations) in the spring of 1958
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1959 - DYNAMO

In 1959, Phyllis Fox and Alexander Pugh wrote the first version of DYNAMO (DYNAmic MOdels)


1960 – 1969

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1960

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1961 - Industrial Dynamics

Jay Forrester writes "Industrial Dynamics" following the success in HBR of an article by the same name.
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1962 - World’s First Ph.D. Dissertation in System Dynamics

Ed Roberts carried on a research program related to R and D management which produced a doctoral dissertation completed in 1962. Professor Frank Fisher, a distinguished econometrician, was his dissertation chair.
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1963 - Pugh-Roberts Associates

Pugh-Roberts Associates founded by Alexander (Jack) L. Pugh III and Edward B. Roberts. Jack and Ed where 2 of the 3 first research students of Jay Forrester
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1964 - The Dynamics of Research and Development

Ed Robert's dissertation was soon published in 1964 and led almost by accident to the large series of project models that supported Pugh-Roberts Associates for years.
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1965

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1966

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1967 - First System Dynamics Newsletter

The System Dynamics Newsletter, which was first called the Industrial Dynamics Newsletter, appears to have started before 1968 from reference to it in D-1169 of October 1968. The Newsletter was discontinued when the System Dynamics Review and other publications made it unnecessary.
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1968 - Principles of Systems

Author: Jay W. Forrester
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1969 - Urban Dynamics

Authors: Jay W. Forrester; Foreword: John F. Collins


1970 – 1979

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1970 - The Rise of WORLD1 Model

In 1970 Forrester was invited to travel to Bern to attend a meeting of the Club of Rome. On 1st July, during the Paris/Boston leg of his return air journey, Forrester spent about an hour sketching the stock/flow diagram of WORLD1 Model.
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1971 - World Dynamics

Author: Jay W. Forrester
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1972 - Jay Receives the IEEE Medal of Honor

Jay Forrester created coincident-current magnetic core memory in 1949 for fast and reliable data storage within Whirlwind. For its invention, in 1972 the (US) IEEE awarded him its Medal of Honor and in 1979 he was made a member of the (US) National Inventors' Hall of Fame.
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1973 - Toward Global Equilibrium: Collected Papers

Edited by Dennis L. Meadows and Donella H. Meadows
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1974 - Readings in Urban Dynamics

Edited by Nathaniel J. Mass
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1975 - Dynamica

Dynamica had been founded by Geoff Coyle at Bradford University in 1975 and had served continuously since then as the sole journal devoted to publishing system dynamics scholarship.
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1976 - SD Conference in Geilo, Norway

The 1976 International Conference on System Dynamics Geilo, Norway, August 8 – 15, 1976
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1977 - Alternatives to Growth I: A Search for Sustainable Futures

Edited by Dennis L. Meadows
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1978 - Managerial Applications of System Dynamics

Edited by Edward B. Roberts
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1979 - Edelman Prize

Ken Cooper wins the ORSA/TIMS Edelman Prize for "A Case Settled, A Framework Built". It was the first SD application recognized by Franz Edelman Award for best management science in the world.


1980 – 1989

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1980 - Corporate Planning and Policy Design: A System Dynamics Approach

Jim Lyneis writes "Corporate Planning and Policy Design: A System Dynamics Approach"
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1981 - Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling with DYNAMO

George P. Richardson and Alexander L. Pugh III write "Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling with DYNAMO"
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1982 - Groping in the Dark

Authors: Donella Meadows, John Richardson, Gerhart Bruckmann
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1983 - System Dynamics Society

The System Dynamics Society was formed with Forrester as its first president.
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1984

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1985 - System Dynamics Review

SDR was born in 1985 and and Eric Wolstenholme became inaugural executive editor. The first publication of the Review, Volume I, issues 1 & 2, printed and mailed to something like 587 system dynamicists around the world by December of 1985.
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1986 - Management at MIT

Thomas Watson Jr. endowed the Jay W. Forrester Chair in Management at MIT. It is currently held by John Sterman.
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1987 - James R. Killian Faculty Achievement Award

Jay Forrester received the James R. Killian Faculty Achievement Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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1988 - SDS Executive Director

Starting on January 1, 1988 the System Dynamics Society has, for the first time, an Executive Director. Julia Spear Pugh graciously accepted the position without remuneration. (Julia Pugh with Marg Rahn and Pål Davidsen)
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1989 - National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Jay received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for computer science in 1989.


1990 – 1999

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1990 - First Chapters

China Chapter and Japan Chapter started to work.
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1991 - Feedback Thought in Social Science and Systems Theory

Author: George P. Richardson
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1992 - Beyond the Limits

Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse Envisioning a Sustainable Future. Author: Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis L. Meadows
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1993

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1994

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1995

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1996 - Italian Chapter

The formal request for Italian Chapter was posted on October 2, 1995, by Habib Sedehi (President and Italian representative of the grouping). The SDS approved the proposal at the annual Policy Council meeting in February 1996.
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1997 - Roberta Spencer

Roberta Spencer started to work in Jan 1, 1997 as Executive Director for the System Dynamics Society. The SDS moved to Albany in the same year. (In the Picture: Roberta Spencer and Jack Pugh)
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1998 - First Full Undergraduate Degree

SDS celebrated this year the founding of the first full undergraduate degree in System Dynamics, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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1999 - Modeling the Environment

Modeling the Environment: An Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling of Environmental System


2000 – 2009

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2000 - Business Dynamics

Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World with CD-ROM 2000 Author John Sterman
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2001 - Fish Banks

The Fish Banks Ltd. game was developed by Professor Dennis Meadows, co-author of “Limits to Growth.
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2002 - First SIG

Education SIG started to work as the first Special Interest Group within the System Dynamics Society
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2003 - The Last D-Memo

The last D-memo on the DVD disk is Jay's D-4886-1 of July 21, 2003, “Economic Theory for the New Millennium” presented at the 2003 International System Dynamics Conference.
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2004 - Limits to Growth: the 30-Year Update

Authors: Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis L. Meadows
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2005 -1000 Membership Milestone Reached!

System Dynamics Society hit 1000 members.
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2006 - Operational Research Hall of Fame

Jay W. Forrester was inducted into the International Federation of OR Societies' Operational Research Hall of Fame.
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2007 - 50th Anniversary

The first System Dynamics Application Award and also the first Barry Richmond Scholarship Award were given at the 2007 ISDC conference. (Margarita Cruz, Kathy Richmond and Joanne Egner)
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2008 - Lupina Award

The first Lupina Award was given to Hyunjung Kim, Jennifer Headley, Holly Rockweiler, Aqeela Jogee
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2009 - Outstanding Service Award

The first Outstanding Service Award was given to Andrew Ford.


2010 – 2017

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2010 - European Master Degree in System Dynamics

In August 2010, the European Master in System Dynamics was officially opened in Bergen, Norway.
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2011 - Edelman Award Competition

Ken Cooper, Greg Lee, and colleagues were recognized by INFORMS as finalists in the 2011 Edelman Award competition for their application of system dynamics to improve project management at Fluor Corporation.
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2012 - Film Documentary on The Limits to Growth

Documentary filmmaker Enrico Cerasuolo and his team started to make a documentary about the story of The Limits to Growth, from its birth until its deep relevance today.
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2013 -

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2014 - First Asia Pacific Conference

First Asia Pacific Conference in Tokyo
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2015 - Iran Chapter

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2016 - Jay W. Forrester (1918 – 2016)

On November 16, 2016, Jay W. Forrester, the founder of System Dynamics, died at the age of 98.
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2017 – The 60th Anniversary

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the field of System Dynamics. It is thus fitting that the 60th anniversary conference was held in Cambridge, next to the MIT campus where Jay Forrester developed the field.