Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW)
“The popular Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW) is being offered again this year, as a post-conference event, for conference attendees. Gary Hirsch and Rod MacDonald are organizing these activities that enable participants to obtain one-on-one coaching on specific System Dynamics modeling questions. Questions may relate to a System Dynamics model that you are thinking about, studying, or developing. All levels of modeling background are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Modeling questions may cover problem articulation, dynamic hypothesis, model formulation, model testing, or policy design and evaluation. Questions may also relate to something that you don’t understand in one of the System Dynamics textbooks or software packages. You might even get the author of the textbook or software as your coach!
Our process will again be virtual this year, following the conference’s online format. We will be matching modelers with coaches based on interest and notifying both of you. All meetings between coaches and modelers will occur virtually. It will be up to the two of you to be in touch and set up a time to “meet” via Zoom, Skype, or other means after the conference.
The MAW is ideally suited for a one-time problem or modeling question on which you may be stuck. The System Dynamics Society also offers a Mentoring Program designed to last over a number of months and help a less experienced modeler move through the stages of model development. Jack Homer and Gary Hirsch are the program’s co-chairs. Modelers applying for a mentorship should have a beginning model, be able to describe its reference modes, and a plan for further development. During “Office Hours” at the conference, Gary will be able to tell you more about the mentorship program and help you evaluate whether you are at a stage where you would benefit. You can e-mail Jack (email@example.com ) or Gary (GBHirsch@comcast.net ) too with questions you have about the Mentoring Program.