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System Dynamics Society

We are an international, nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the development and use of systems thinking and System Dynamics modeling around the world. The Society provides a forum in which researchers, educators, students, consultants and practitioners in the academic, corporate and public sectors can interact to keep abreast of current developments, build on each other’s work and introduce newcomers to the field.


System Dynamics will transform society by making improvements

to decision-making in government, commerce, and philanthropy. 


Powerful examples of our impact will be widely known amongst the general public and people with authority will be aware of how System Dynamics can raise the effectiveness of the organizations they lead.  Organizations will employ or seek support from large numbers of experienced professionals with deep skills that are defined, recognized and valued. Those professionals will emerge from universities and other training institutions that provide high-quality training, drawing on an extensive resource of accessible and rigorous teaching materials. The topic will be understood and respected in the academic community. System Dynamics will feature in all parts of the education system, leading to public understanding and demand for better policy-making throughout society.


The Society awards exemplary work in the field each year.  Awards are presented at our annual conference.


Jay Wright Forrester Award

Best written contribution to System Dynamics during the last five years.

System Dynamics Application Award

Best “real world” application of System Dynamics.

Dana Meadows

Best student paper presented at the annual System Dynamics Conference.