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Systems thinking has a rich tradition of using play to impart learning.  The Society offers two quintessential games.  The Beer Game introduces players to fundamental concepts of systems as they play their part in a production and distribution system.  Fish Banks allows players to explore the systems that determine sustainability.  Both are favorites of trainers around the world.

Facilitation Services

Hands-on, role-playing games are an excellent way to help teams, managers, and students understand systems thinking concepts and the underlying behavior of systems.  We are pleased to announce the System Dynamics Society’s new Facilitation Services. We offer a variety of team-building experiences that introduce systems thinking concepts and skills.

Group Juggle Facilitation Services
Beer Game: A supply Chain Management Game: Facilitation Services
Fish Banks: A Natural Resources Management Game: Facilitation Services


These books and products are all related to sustainability and/or the environment.  Many of them use a systems thinking lens, while others incorporate System Dynamics and simulation modeling.


Children’s books and learning fables are aimed at children, young adults, educators, and organizations to introduce concepts of systems thinking in a fun way through storytelling and fieldbooks with concrete strategies.

For example, David Hutchen’s learning fables are a simple, ingenious, and entertaining way to help demystify the 5 disciplines Peter Senge discusses in his book The Fifth Discipline: systems thinking, personal mastery,  mental models, shared vision, and team learning. These books are particularly useful for organizational learning.