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In an increasingly interconnected, complex, and rapidly changing world, decision-makers in every sector should develop a deep understanding of their systems of interest and other systems that affect them. This is particularly crucial for contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in which both public and private institutions are called to interdisciplinary action in social, economic, and environmental systems, with collaborative perspectives in the long term.
The aim of this School is to provide scholars, researchers, and professionals, from a variety of fields or backgrounds, with theories, methodologies, and tools to understand the root causes of the complex problems in sustainability, and to identify systemic solutions. These methodologies and tools consist of the possibility to create shareable models (qualitative, quantitative, and dynamic) through which organizations can enhance their understanding of the complexity at stake and can align their efforts in the implementation of the SDGs.
The learning and teaching approach of the School is collaborative and challenge-based: each participant will develop their own dynamic models and will implement them in Silico®, an open access simulation environment. The experience will be enriched with group exercises from the Systems Thinking Playbook (Booth Sweeney, Meadows) on systems thinking skills (which will constitute also the fun part of the School).
Thinking and modelling Systems-Oriented Solutions for Sustainability
The school has been organized by System Dynamic Italian Chapter (SYDIC)
SYDIC. SHORT DESCRIPTION
SYDIC is the Italian national branch of the System Dynamics Society (www.systemdynamics.org). The Chapter has been founded back in 1995 but was legally recognized by the Italian Law as a Cultural Association for Social Promotion, in 2015. The mission of SYDIC is to support the SD Society to promote, spread out, and disseminate the wide use and uptake of the system dynamics methodology and, more in general, of all systemic approaches to modeling & simulation at the national and international levels.