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Learn System Dynamics Concepts from Jay W. Forrester. The founder of the field.

The Jay Forrester Seminar Series has been revamped and improved, and is now available as a more accessible, on-demand, online course! The original consists of seminar series conducted by Professor Jay Forrester in the fall of 1999 for his Ph.D. students in System Dynamics at MIT Sloan School of Management. Thanks to Susan Swett Forrester for the inspiration to record this seminar series.

Decades later, the System Dynamics Society has transformed the series into a course, making it more structured and more suitable for evaluation-based learning. This course will be self-led and self-paced without guidance from an instructor.  Enjoy this course as you learn from the founder of the field, Jay Forrester, and some of the brightest minds in the field!

Jay Forrester Seminar Series


Learn from a collection of Ph.D. seminar presentations at MIT on System Dynamics

Watch skilled academic conversations and multidimensional discussions in action. Develop awareness of how thought diversity and controversial perceptions and opinions become the fertile starting points for deep dives into more insightful and beneficial discussions.

Mini-Courses are FREE for Society members and $25 for non-members. Join today and unlock all benefits!

Select from 11  rich and engaging mini-courses with discussion questions to interact with other students, quizzes to test your knowledge, and selected readings to dive deeper. The first mini-course is free for everyone!

What is System Dynamics?

Forrester and seminar participants have deep-dive discussions about the foundational concepts of System Dynamics modeling. Learn More


World Dynamics

A  discussion based on Jay Forrester’s 1971 book, World Dynamics and conversations around “The World Model” and the history of The Limits to Growth. Learn More

$25 Regular Price | Free 1 Month Access for Members (doesn't include certificate of completion)

Want a discount? Become a member by purchasing Society Membership Subscription!

Corporate Growth

Forrester uses the Market Growth model to outline and explain the dynamic causes underlying behaviors in a growing company. Learn More

$25 Regular Price | Free 1 Month Access for Members (doesn't include certificate of completion)

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Group Model Building

Professor George Richardson discusses the purpose of Group Model Building, System Dynamics model building stages, and various group roles in the process.


Forrester uses the Superposition Theorem to explain the mathematical difference between linearity and nonlinearity and ground future discussion about the limited applicability of linear equations in System Dynamics.

Theory Underlying Modeling

Forrester categorizes the various System Dynamics concepts into four general types of System Dynamics theories or principles–Structural, Methodological, Behavioural, and Principles of Good Modeling.

Confidence in Modeling

Learn about eight tests of System Dynamics models suggested by Professor Forrester for comparison with the real world that offers some level of confidence.

The National Model

This course provides a history and explanation of the National Model Project and how it should be considered as a general theory of behavior in an industrial nation.


The Jay W. Forrester Seminar Series gives you insights from conversations with some of the brightest minds in the field. Here are some thoughts of those who took the mini-courses.

The Jay Forrester seminar series course is structured to provide meaningful engagement that reinforces the learning outcome.

Kelechi Odoemena

Policy Analyst

I believe that everone who is a student of System Dynamics should watch these videos after they have taken an introductory course. The discussions among the seminar participants will enrich your understanding of the field.

Christine Tang

Ph.D Student , WPI


Do you have questions? See some answers below.

Frequently asked questions about the Jay Forrester Seminar Series Courses are answered below. If you would like more information about a specific topic, direct your questions to

What learning platform is used?

The Thinkific platform is used for this course series. There are videos, transcripts, readings, quizzes, discussion features among others available for this course. Access expires after 6 months.

How many mini-courses are there?

A total of 11 courses are available. The first one is free for everyone and the remaining 10 can be accessed for free upon registering for a Society Membership or $25 each.

How much does the mini-courses cost?

Mini-Courses are FREE for Society members and $25 for non-members. Join today and unlock all benefits!

Who should take the course?

Students and professionals can take these online courses and come from diverse backgrounds, professions, and age groups. With these courses, you can advance your System Dynamics knowledge or reflect on the discussion of important topics in the field. These online courses are a flexible way of learning about the System Dynamics methodology from leaders in the field.

How do I contact technical support during the course?

For technical support, please email, Monday – Friday. We are ready to help!

Do I need to buy textbooks?

All the suggested reading materials you are required to access are included with your course.

What next after completing my course?

You can brag about your System Dynamics knowledge from the Jay Forrester seminar series courses by sharing your certificates online or taking some other courses on the Thinkific platform or as found on the course catalog.

How long is each course?

The videos are on average 10min long and a quiz is available to test your knowledge for each of them.

Jay Forrester Seminar Series

Learn from Leaders in the field

Become acquainted with the earlier thoughts, questions and concerns of some of today’s influential and experienced System Dynamics academics while they were PhD students and young professors.