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How Did En-ROADS Get 755,000 users? Lessons on Modeling, Interface Design, and Facilitation

How Did En-ROADS Get 755,000 users? Lessons on Modeling, Interface Design, and Facilitation

Achieving widespread engagement is a significant challenge with a System Dynamics model. Yet, En-ROADS, the climate solutions simulator co-developed by Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan, has captivated hundreds of thousands of users globally. In this webinar led by Andrew Jones, John Sterman, and Florian Kapmeier, the team shared how their commitment to System Dynamics modeling principles, innovative interface design, and thoughtful facilitation created a global movement. The lessons learned are relevant for all System Dynamics modelers seeking to make a greater impact in their fields.

1. Modeling: Build Trust and Ensure Accuracy

“You have to have a rigorous, evidence-based model that is fully documented and tested every which way.” John Sterman

En-ROADS’ impact is built on a robust modeling foundation that adheres to rigorous standards of transparency and continuous testing. John Sterman underscores the importance of rigorous validation: “You have to have a rigorous, evidence-based model that is fully documented and tested every which way,” he states, highlighting the necessity for clear, accessible documentation that allows users to understand and trust the model’s operations.

The En-ROADS team enhances model reliability by calibrating past model behavior against historical data (by, e.g. Lazard, the IEA, etc.) and comparing future model behavior against the behavior of climate models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), identifying discrepancies not only to prove correctness, but also to pinpoint areas needing improvement. Andrew Jones elaborates on this process: “We compare the model against historical data to understand where the discrepancies are and how we can improve. It’s not about proving the model’s correctness but about identifying areas for growth and improvement.”

For System Dynamics modelers looking to build confidence in the model, these practices are essential. Providing full transparency through comprehensive documentation and continuously validating models against industry benchmarks are crucial steps in establishing credibility. By adhering to these principles, modelers can ensure their models are technically robust and able to support decision-making.

2. Interface Design: Guide Users to Key Insights

“We designed the interface to lead a user to discover our modelers’ top insights without support.” Andrew Jones

En-ROADS’ interface is designed to ensure users reach key insights intuitively. Andrew emphasized the goal: “We designed the interface to lead a user to discover our modelers’ top insights without support.” The interface offers both a beginner mode for quick understanding and an advanced mode for users with more technical skills, providing detailed charts and additional assumptions. Dynamic visuals and animations transform static data into a narrative, making complex concepts accessible and engaging.

Within a few minutes exploring the En-ROADS interface, new users quickly grasp three critical insights:

  1.  “It’s still possible” – to bend the emissions curve and reduce average temperature increase.
  2. “There’s no silver bullet”, highlighting that no single solution can solve the climate crisis.
  3.  “Many solutions together”, emphasizing that combining multiple climate solutions is necessary to mitigate the climate crisis.

An interface designed around key insights helps users understand complexity. The ease of engaging with a new innovation—trialability—is crucial for initial adoption and fostering word of mouth. Yet, negative experiences can lead to adverse feedback, potentially stifling the adoption and diffusion of the model. Sterman emphasized: “if people try something and have a bad experience, they will generate unfavorable word of mouth that can squelch the adoption and diffusion of your model.”

John Sterman emphasizes the consequences of neglecting interface quality: “Suppose you have the world’s greatest model, but a terrible interface. Nobody learns anything, nothing will change, and you and everyone have wasted precious time and resources. That’s a failure mode.”  But he warns, “The opposite, though, is far more dangerous: a great interface with an underlying model that lacks integrity and hasn’t been carefully tested means you’re helping people learn things that are wrong and possibly downright harmful far more effectively than ever before.”

By focusing on intuitive design and rigorous validation, En-ROADS ensures that the simulation is insightful and reliable for understanding possible climate solutions. This strategy serves as a reference for those aiming at making their models both informative and influential. As a System Dynamics Modeler, which 2-3 key takeaways would you like users to learn from your model?

3. Facilitation: Create a Safe Space for Learning

Make sure that you create a safe room where participants can share and challenge their mental models to allow them to engage deeply and learn together.” – Florian Kapmeier

Facilitation is critical to En-ROADS’ global impact. Through experiences like the interactive En-ROADS Climate Workshop and the roleplaying game Climate Action Simulation Game, Climate Interactive effectively conveys the insights of the model by fostering environments that encourage deep learning and reflection. Florian Kapmeier emphasized the importance of these settings: “Make sure that you create a safe room where participants can share and challenge their mental models to allow them to engage deeply and learn together.” This approach allows participants to openly test their assumptions and understand the underlying dynamics of climate change.

Florian, referred to Andrew’s Top 10 Tips to Engage People with a System Dynamics Model,  highlighting one key aspect: By asking participants  to mentally the likely impact of a climate solution on the temperature before running a scenario in En-ROADS, participants reveal their existing mental models and learn more effectively by comparing their understanding with model results. “Learning happens when the theory of thinking is laid out and people have to make a choice.”

The commitment to creating a secure and open space for dialogue is foundational to the success of the engagements with En-ROADS. This facilitation strategy enhances the participants’ ability to understand complex concepts, and encourages them to apply these insights in practical and impactful ways. By ensuring that each session serves as a safe space for exploration and challenge, Climate Interactive fosters an environment where transformative learning and genuine understanding can occur.

Climate Action Simulation for IKEA, Australia

Community & Policy Engagement

Community building has been fundamental to extend En-ROADS’ reach globally. Thousands have completed the Mastering En-ROADS training program, which empowers facilitators to engage diverse audiences. The En-ROADS Climate Ambassador program further nurtures hundreds of facilitators who provide En-ROADS Workshops and Climate Action Simulations worldwide, ensuring a unified network of like-minded advocates. This well-structured support system ensures that these facilitators are equipped to spread their knowledge effectively, fostering a collaborative and impactful community.

In addition to training and support, Climate Interactive’s team emphasized the importance of engaging with policy makers, adapting communication to meet where they are in terms of climate change understanding. Presenting complex model data in an accessible manner is crucial for meaningful engagement. This strategy ensures that decision-makers receive information and are equipped to act on it.

The Power of System Dynamics

“System Dynamics is the most powerful way to engage other people in ways to improve system performance.” – John Sterman

The success of En-ROADS hinges on a commitment to the core principles of System Dynamics, paired with innovative interface design and effective facilitation strategies. This approach has educated a global audience on climate solutions and empowered them to act. John Sterman, reflecting on the broader implications, asserts, “System dynamics is the most powerful way to engage other people in ways to improve system performance”, underscoring the potential of System Dynamics to facilitate meaningful discussions and drive change across various domains.

Sterman reminded the audience that the discipline’s strength lies in its ability to convey complexity in a way that decision-makers can understand and act upon: “System Dynamics modelers need to invite people into the conversation, to join the collective effort and improve system performance together.” This collaborative spirit is reflected in the global network of facilitators, policymakers, and climate advocates brought together by En-ROADS.

As System Dynamics modelers, the challenge is to not only build robust models but also to design engaging interfaces, facilitate participatory workshops, and nurture a community of like-minded advocates. By doing so, modelers can extend their influence beyond their field and create meaningful change in the world.

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Welcome, Allyson!

New President

Allyson Beall King joined the Policy Council as our 2024 President. Her primary role is as director of the Washington State University School of the Environment, which focuses on regional ecologies and our changing planet. Her expertise in Systems Dynamics spans various fields, including environmental science and natural resource management. Her work involves collaboration across disciplines to address complex environmental challenges. A select list of her publications can be found in the Society bibliography.

She looks forward to working with the Policy Council and the Society office to bring more ideas to fruition. Reach out to her with thoughts on how we might better achieve our goals of growth of the field.

 

A heartfelt thank you

We thank Brad Morrison (Brandeis University) for his dedicated leadership throughout 2023.

His contributions as President have been invaluable in advancing the field of System Dynamics and strengthening our community.

As Brad transitions from his role, we look forward to his continued involvement and guidance within our community as Past President.

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As a full-fledged professor in Action Research at Radboud University, Inge Bleijenbergh has a deep-rooted passion for fostering equality, diversity, and inclusion. She employs participatory approaches such as focus groups and group model building, engaging organizational members to unravel and tackle complex issues.

She’s genuinely excited about the journey ahead. If you have ideas to broaden membership or enhance its benefits, she would be more than happy to hear from you.

Publications



Bob Eberlein is a founding member of the System Dynamics Society. His service in various roles since 1984, most recently as VP Epresence, has been instrumental in shaping the organization.

His notable contributions include the development of System Dynamics modeling software like Vensim and Stella Architect. Currently, he channels his expertise as a consultant at isee systems.

In this new role, he hopes to expand the visibility of practical applications of System Dynamics. If you have thoughts to share on Society publications, please do not hesitate to reach out.

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Meet Cleotilde (Coty) Gonzalez, a dedicated Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work shines a light on the fascinating field of human decision making. In the Dynamic Decision Making Laboratory, which she directs, models are employed to enhance training and refine decision-making skills.


Hazhir Rahmandad is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Hi research focuses on organizational dynamics and public health with an emphasis on expanding the dynamic modeling toolbox through parameter estimation and validation methods.

He looks forward to engaging with the policy council as the ISDC2024 Program Chair and in an advisory capacity.

 

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Call for Presenters: Seminar Series

We at the System Dynamics Society are continually seeking vibrant and knowledgeable presenters for our ongoing Seminar Series. As we unfold the calendar, there’s always a place for more insights, experiences, and expertise to enrich our global community. The floor is open for ideas throughout the year, keeping our series diverse and timely. These seminars are our most popular events and range from 60 (at roundtables) to 560 attendees (at free hands-on seminars).

Present a Seminar

We are seeking dynamic and engaging speakers to contribute to our diverse lineup of events, which cover a wide range of topics including modeling, decision-making, sustainability, and public policy. Our seminars are designed to be accessible to both beginners and experienced audiences and provide a valuable forum for learning, sharing, and collaborating on the application of System Dynamics to real-world challenges.

Reasons to Present

  • Showcase Your Work: Present your research, run a workshop, or lead a hands-on practice session to a global audience.
  • Network and Connect: Engage with academics, practitioners, and students from around the world.
  • Strengthen the Field: Contribute to the promotion of systems thinking and System Dynamics, and help develop skills to effectively apply these approaches.

How to Submit Your Proposal

Submit your seminar proposal anytime by completing the form below. Provide details about your proposed topic, format, and availability. Remember, all seminars and recordings are free for members, and the general public is welcome to join for a nominal fee.

Types of Seminars You Can Lead

Learn more about our type of Seminars and submit your proposal:

Single Presentation: for practitioners and academics who want to showcase their work to our community. We’re looking for high-quality work, especially work with positive outcomes applying System Dynamics and/or systems thinking for better decision-making. For example, Andrew Jones shared his valuable Top 10 Tips to Engage People With a System Dynamics Model with over 250 participants.

Panel: formed by two or more presenters about a single topic aiming at a discussion and exchange of ideas. This format is great for demonstrating the adaptability of System Dynamics in solving complex problems. The System Dynamics for Climate Change Mitigation panel gathered together presenters with different perspectives from Climate Interactive, Millenium Institute, and The Climate Initiative at Umass Lowell.

Workshop: help our community to develop specific skills and engage in intensive discussion on a particular subject. At the beginning of 2021, we had a workshop on Group Model Building Online where a group of researchers shared their experience and materials.

Hands-on Practice: guide our audience on a step-by-step practice. Help them develop specific skills such as basics of System Dynamics modeling, Causal Loop Diagramming, use of software features, and much more. With over 560 attendees, the Introduction to Modelling Process seminar allowed participants to take their first steps in System Dynamics modeling.

Roundtable: we want to hear the opinions of our members on several topics. The roundtable setting helps us give voice to all attendees and hone our efforts on what’s most important for our community. With the help of facilitators and the Miro platform, we were able to gather opinions on How to Get System Dynamics into University Programs.

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We are continuously looking for sponsors to make more seminars accessible to everyone. Contact us at office@systemdynamics.org if your organization is interested in sponsoring a seminar. Join us in making the System Dynamics Society Seminar Series a ceaseless source of learning, sharing, and community building!

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A Close-Up on Our New Look

We are excited to reveal our new logo and branding, embodying the System Dynamics Society’s values and vision for the future. The looped arrows with an S curve symbolize growth, change over time, and commitment to raising complex systems awareness.

But what went into creating this fresh visual identity?

The Design Process: A Call for Creativity

In November 2021, the Society launched a call for designs, encouraging members to submit their concepts for an updated logo that would not only modernize the existing one but also better represent the society’s identity. We received 25 submissions from our members, which the marketing committee meticulously reviewed before narrowing down to a few options for presentation to a focus group. This focus group provided valuable feedback, and together, we selected the most fitting option. The policy council of the System Dynamics Society then voted on the final version of the logo, which stood out for its contemporary design and strong ties to the society’s identity and values.

Honoring Our Roots

In developing the new branding, we aimed to maintain a sense of familiarity with the previous logo, designed by Jack Pugh and George Richardson in 1984. George also contributed to the new logo’s design, offering various suggestions. We retained similar colors from the earlier design: two shades of grey and a bold red. These colors resemble those in the MIT logo, which holds significance since the System Dynamics Society was founded at MIT by Jay W. Forrester – a pioneering computer engineer and systems scientist. By preserving these colors, we honor the Society’s origins while refreshing its image for today and beyond.

Conveying System Dynamics Principles

The revamped logo showcases two arrows forming a loop, with the arrows’ shape creating an S curve. The right arrow is slightly tilted, allowing the S curve to progressively widen and generate a sense of growth. The left arrow is grey, while the right arrow features a bold red color. This design symbolizes the System Dynamics Society’s mission to expand the field, unify global endeavors, and enhance awareness and comprehension of complex systems phenomena.

Beyond Aesthetics: A Commitment to Mission and Values

Our new branding goes beyond a mere visual overhaul. It reflects the Society’s unwavering commitment to its mission and values. Moreover, by involving members in the logo’s creation, we have fostered a sense of ownership and engagement within our community.

Inspiring the Future

We hope that the updated logo and branding will motivate members of the Society and the wider System Dynamics community to keep pushing the boundaries of this fascinating field. Ultimately, the new branding is a testament to the Society’s dedication to its mission and values, and we eagerly anticipate how it will propel our impact and growth in the years ahead.

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Q: What inspired the creation of the new logo?

A: The new logo was designed to modernize the existing one, better represent the Society’s identity, and embody its mission to expand the field and enhance global understanding of complex systems.

Q: Will this be the logo forever?

A: It will definitely be the logo tomorrow.

Q: How were members involved in the logo design process?

A: Members were invited to submit their design ideas, and the marketing committee reviewed all submissions before presenting a few options to a focus group for feedback and final selection.

Q: Why was it important to maintain some elements from the old logo?

A: Retaining certain elements, such as the color scheme, helps preserve a sense of familiarity and pays homage to the Society’s roots at MIT

Q: Why are there two arrows in the new logo?

A: The two arrows represent the Society’s mission to unify global efforts and create a continuous feedback loop for advancing the understanding of complex systems.

Q: Why was the color red chosen for one of the arrows?

A: The red color was chosen to maintain consistency with the previous logo and to symbolize the connection to MIT, where the System Dynamics Society was founded.

Q: I’ve spotted something that still has the old logo…

Thanks, eagle eyes! Let us know and we’ll get paintbrushes out.

Q: Will the new logo and branding be applied to all official Society materials and communications?

A: Yes, the new logo and branding will be consistently used across all official Society materials, communications, and platforms to reinforce the Society’s identity and commitment to its mission and values.

Q: What does the S curve in the new logo represent?

A: The S curve in the logo symbolizes the progressive growth and expansion of the field of system dynamics.

Celebrating Women’s International Day

Over the past several decades, more women have become part of the System Dynamics field, greatly increasing gender diversity in our discipline. We have many amazing, inspiring, brilliant, and visionary female leaders. Today we highlight women in the field who have published books related to System Dynamics and systems thinking, although this list is not exhaustive.

Sustainability | Environment

Systems Thinking

Pre-College Education | Children’s Books | Teacher’s Manuals

Applied System Dynamics and Systems Thinking | Methodology | Organizational Change

Historical

  • Deborah Andersen and David Andersen: Theories of Decision Making: An Annotated Bibliography.
  • MIT Artificial Intelligence Group: John McCarthy, Robert Brayton, Daniel Edwards, Phyllis Fox, Louis Hodes, David Luckham, Klim Maling, David Park, Stephen Russel: LISP I: Programmer’s Manual
    • In 1959, Phyllis Fox and Alexander Pugh wrote the first version of DYNAMO (DYNAmic MOdels) and the system dynamics language that became the industry standard for over thirty years).

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Donella Meadows

“We, humans, are smart enough to have created complex systems and amazing productivity; surely we are also smart enough to make sure that everyone shares our bounty, and surely we are smart enough to sustainably steward the natural world upon which we all depend.”

Donella (Dana) Meadows was an inspiring leader, scholar, writer, teacher, a Pew Scholar in Conservation and Environment, and a MacArthur Fellow, and was one of the most influential environmental thinkers of the twentieth century. After receiving a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard, she joined a team at MIT applying the relatively new tools of System Dynamics to global problems. While Donella Meadows researched and wrote about global problems, she herself also practiced local solutions, a living personification of Rene Dubos’ famous expression, “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

Donella’s ideas, insights, teachings, environmental leadership, and belief in the capacity of humans to create a sustainable world continue to inspire and motivate us today.

Visit the Donella Meadows Project by the Academy for Systems Change to learn more about Dana’s life and work.

Donella Meadows wrote and co-authored several books, including the following: 

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Recording & Resources: Multisolving Working With Complexity and Interconnection – Watch

Reading: System Dynamics Focuses More on Sustainability Than the Sustainable Development Goals – Read

Open Model: Baby Formula Shortage – Simulate

Reading: Examining the Success of Women of Color-Owned Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the United States – read

Learning

Book: Understanding the Dynamics of Nuclear Power and the Reduction of CO2 Emissions: A System Dynamics Approach – Buy

Book*: The Sustainability Puzzle – Buy
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Jobs

Professor and Department Chair – Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences | UMass Lowell

Research Associate | Loughborough University

Assistant Professor | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Quantitative Analyst | Exelon

Articles

System Dynamics Review
What Jay Didn’t Tell Us: Hidden Gems in the System Dynamics Practices of Jay W. Forrester – read

Animal – Science Proceedings
Non-Linear Thinking: From Mental Models to Mathematical Models in Animal Science – read

Systems
Using Cascaded and Interlocking Generic System Archetypes to Communicate Policy Insights—The Case for Justifying Integrated Health Care Systems in Terms of Reducing Hospital Congestion – read

Mineral Economics
Perspectives on Exploration and Extraction of Seafloor Massive Sulfide Deposits in Norwegian Waters – read

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China Chapter News

China Chapter News

China Chapter News

The 2022 China Chapter Annual Meeting & Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) System Dynamics Young Scholars Forum was successfully held on September 13 as a combination of online and offline. More than 70 participants from universities, enterprises, and scientific research institutions attended the forum.

The theme of this forum was “System Dynamics and Collaborative Governance”. The purpose was to explore intersectional theories, concepts, issues, and lessons learned at the nexus of collaborative government and System Dynamics, to advance understanding of the cross-cutting and complex issues of collaborative governance implementation. Under the current general trend of interdisciplinary and coordinated development, in-depth academic discussions on this topic have essential theoretical and practical significance. This forum invites leading researchers both in system dynamics and collaborative governance to share their views and advice from the perspective of academics, public government, and business practices.

Prof. Wu Zhong, vice president of SUIBE, delivered the opening speech. He expressed his sincere congratulations on the convening of the forum and expected that this forum would inspire us both in methodological and theoretical contents. This forum is also an innovative exploration based on years of in-depth collaboration between SUIBE and the University of Palermo in Italy. Beginning in 2014, a collaborative Ph.D. program on “Model-Based Public Planning, Policy Design, and Management” was officially started. The development of the project has promoted academic cooperation and talent training between the two universities.

 

This forum had two sessions: “Moment of Glory” and “Moment of Rising Stars”. The Moment of Glory was dedicated to the memory of Professor Qifan Wang, one of the leading pioneers of System Dynamics in China, for his outstanding contribution to the development of the discipline. This session was chaired by Professor Yongguang Zhong, Chairman of the System Dynamics Committee of the Systems Engineering Society of China. First of all, the video clips show Professor Wang’s outstanding contributions to the leadership and development of system dynamics in China in various aspects such as talent cultivation, academic research, and international cooperation. Afterward, John Sterman, Paal Davidson, and John Richardson also revisited their friendship and experience of working with Professor Qifan Wang through videos. The representatives of Professor Qifan Wang’s former students also shared the guidance Prof. Qifan Wang provided to their academic path.

 

The discipline was passed on to young scholars represented by those participating in the “Moment of Rising Stars”. This session was chaired by Professor Jiayin Qi. Professor Carmine Bianchi from the University of Palermo delivered the keynote speech entitled “Enhancing societal resilience to super-wicked problems and localizing Sustainable development Goals through Dynamic Performance Management & Governance”. Young scholars Linlin Wang, Federico Cosenz, Peishan Loo, and Zhenping Zhang presented their research respectively. Each speech was followed by comments and discussions by two experts.

Finally, Professor Yongguang Zhong and Professor Enzo Bivona respectively summarized the whole forum. The overall arrangement and the quality of the academic discussion are the inheritance and development of system dynamics disciplines, promoted dialogue and communication between China and the rest of the world in the field of system dynamics, and the cultivation of more young scholars in this field.

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