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Cleanstart: Simulating a Clean Energy Startup

In this FREE live, web-based simulation, participants play the role of the founder of a new startup company in the exciting and competitive clean tech sector.

Can you develop your technology into a successful company? You must set prices each quarter, decide how many engineers and salespeople to hire, and set compensation, including salary, stock, options, and profit sharing. Will you pitch your firm to venture capitalists or bootstrap and remain 100% employee-owned? Will you win customers and become cash flow positive before you run out of funds? Will you succeed and take your firm public?”

SPEAKERS

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John D.Sterman, PhD Field Leader and Jay W. Forrester MIT Professor of System Dynamics and Engineering Systems

Director, MIT System Dynamics Group
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David Miller, PhD

Clean Energy Ventures, Co-founder and Managing Partner

Entrepreneurship & System Dynamics

Entrepreneurialism is risk-taking, leadership, strategy, vision, resilience, value creation, and hard work. Strategy is front and center in the face of uncertainty and when results are not meeting expectations. What is the right marketing model? How do we increase product adoption? What are the barriers? How can we improve strategic insight?

System dynamics models capture reinforcing and balancing loops resulting in growth or decline and delays experienced in entrepreneurship, like what drives innovation, new products and services, customer acquisition, barriers or delays to growth through regulation, and more. Simulating models about adoption, growth limitations, and other dynamics provides an understanding of the most influential factors at play, including decision thinking.

Decision-making behavior is crucial to study and understand. System Dynamics simulations challenge assumptions in a risk-free environment while increasing action learning that can be applied in real-world scenarios.

Event Features

Interactive Simulation

In this live, web-based simulation interactive event, participants play the role of the founder of a new startup company in the exciting and competitive clean tech sector.

Learning Objective

Experience the challenges of building a startup company in a demanding competitive environment, including financial, human resource, strategic, and other decisions.

Action Learning

Encouraging exploration and innovation, simulations are risk-free environments to challenge mental models and day-to-day assumptions.

Environmental and Natural Resource Group Meeting

A Monthly Meeting for Reviewing and Discussing System Thinking and Systems Dynamics presentations from Students and Practitioners on the topics of Energy, Water, Land Use (Agriculture & Food), and the Environment.

For the Month of April this meeting will be held at 7pm Eastern Time to better serve the Asian Community

Justin Connolly from www.deliberate.co.nz
“An Overview on En-Roads and a Discussion on its Ability to Move People to Act”

Submit a proposed presentation at https://airtable.com/shrXcSAqAeOo6MiMbContact

Joseph M. Londa
SDS Environmental SIG Leader
environment@systemdynamics.org

Environmental and Natural Resource Group Meeting

A Monthly Meeting for Reviewing and Discussing System Thinking and Systems Dynamics presentations from Students and Practitioners on the topics of Energy, Water, Land Use (Agriculture & Food), and the Environment.

Jake Jacobson and Len Malczynski of Mindseye Computing https://www.mindseyecomputing.com/
Will be the presenters for March addressing “New Mexico State Decarbonization Plan and Produced Water Model”

Submit a proposed presentation at https://airtable.com/shrXcSAqAeOo6MiMbContact

Joseph M. Londa
SDS Environmental SIG Leader
environment@systemdynamics.org

Environmental

Environmental and Natural Resource Group Meeting

A Monthly Meeting for Reviewing and Discussing System Thinking and Systems Dynamics presentations from Students and Practitioners on the topics of Energy, Water, Land Use (Agriculture & Food), and the Environment.

Topics to be added in advance of the meeting or submit a proposed presentation
https://airtable.com/shrXcSAqAeOo6MiMb

Contact – Joseph M. Londa
SDS Environmental SIG Leader
environment@systemdynamics.org

Environmental

Green Action Global Connection Zone

The event website: https://climateaction.works/

Roberto Pasqualino and the Transboundary Groundwater Resilience Network of Networks are confirmed speakers. En-ROADS will have multiple workshops.

What: The Green Action Global Connection Zone (online) will connect NGOs, activists and institutions working on the ground in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania to protect our biodiversity. The online zone is a part of the CEPA Fair and a side event to the official COP15 Biodiversity conference taking place in Montreal from December 7-19.

The entire event will feature Indigenous ecological knowledge, stewardship and management, with Indigenous participation from around the world. The intention is to have broad land-based learnings shared with participants and attendees.

There will also be opportunities for interactive, hands-on activities, such as those offered by Biodiversity and Climate Fresks, to introduce a powerful and innovative way to learn more about the complex implications of biological diversity and climate change.

 

Our audience: action-oriented Indigenous groups and NGOs seeking to connect, strengthen ties, exchange knowledge and experience, to coalesce around concrete action.

We are seeking participants interested in networking with like-minded groups around the world, with the goal of working together to hold governments accountable to the objectives set at COP15, as well as pursuing our own biodiversity goals potentially set on this forum.

 

The format: workshops, meetings, presentations, and debates around major themes.

Online space will be available for exhibition booths, mainstage style featured guests and keynote speakers, small conference room discussions and presentations, and even a “rooftop” setting for casual networking.

 

When: Dec 11-12, 2022, continuously around the clock to accommodate all time zones

Programming on the main stage and in conference rooms will be periodic throughout the event.

 

Who: The event is co-organized by Climate Action Works/Peace Innovation Institute and the Global Greens. Associate co-organizers include MasseCritique, Ohneganos, the McGill Environment Student Society and other NGOs.

Where: The Bramble.Live platform

CLIMATE CAFE – CLIMATE FEEDBACK LOOPS

Climate Cafe – Feedback Loops On Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 pm our topic will be the award-winning short film series Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops.
Richard Gere narrates these 5 short but critically important films that explain how environmental feedback loops work and why they’re important to understand if we are to successfully address global warming.
Their creators – Bonnie Waltch, former WGBH Senior Series Producer for NOVA, and Melanie Wallace, Emmy award-winning film producer – will introduce us to the films and answer your questions. (Note: because our Cafes are 1 hour the entire films will not be shown, but you can watch them by clicking HERE).
You’ll also learn about a project our District Environmental Action Group is developing to get these films and materials out to clubs and individuals. Climate Cafe – Feedback Loops

Fossil fuel emissions from human activity are driving up Earth’s temperature—yet something else is at work. The warming has set in motion nature’s own feedback loops which are raising temperatures even higher. The urgent question is: Are we approaching a point of no return, leading to an uninhabitable Earth, or do we have the vision and will to slow, halt, and reverse them?

Join them as former PBS producer Melanie Wallace and freelance filmmaker Bonnie Waltch discuss their series of five short films focused on climate feedback loops. Narrated by Richard Gere, the programs explain in detail how environmental feedback loops work and why they’re important to understand if we are to successfully address the warming of our planet. Bonnie & Melanie’s mission is to offer teachers around the world these educational films and supporting materials for free.

ISDC 2021 Highlights: Modeling for Action in Environmental Health

ISDC 2021 Highlights: Modeling for Action in Environmental Health

The International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) convenes practitioners who demonstrate what’s new and developing in their fields with System Dynamics. This section of the WiSDom Blog, “Conference Highlights,” asks system dynamicists to spotlight key presentations and innovations presented at the conference. 

Conference Highlights Editorial Team: Saras Chung, Will Glass-Husain, Jack Homer, Sara Metcalf, and Remco Peters with coordination by Christine Tang

This highlight by Martha McAlister shares a first-time conference attendee’s perspective on modeling for action in environmental health. 

Modeling for Action in Environmental Health

 

When environmental risks remain unmitigated, they end up hurting our ability to lead healthy and productive lives. These risks are often concentrated where populations are the most marginalized, thereby creating or contributing to unjust health disparities. Environmental health and justice problems can be complex, as they intersect multiple domains (social, economic, political, legal, institutional, etc.) and may involve years or decades of lag time, starting from the accumulation of multiple exposures and ending in life-threatening chronic illnesses. 

System Dynamics offers opportunities for modelers to engage with broad audiences to address environmental health and justice challenges. Modelers can elicit public or expert participation before, during, and after the modeling process to promote confidence in the results and to encourage holistic learning that goes beyond narrowly epidemiological approaches. 

As a first-time attendee of the International System Dynamics Conference, I wanted to learn how System Dynamics is being used in the environmental health context and about the challenges of applying System Dynamics to such complex problems.

The first hint came during the Student-Organized Colloquium, where keynote speaker Dr. Josephine Musango stated that “engagement is crucial.”  As the conference progressed, I heard several presenters talk about their use of participatory modeling to study global environmental and health issues. 

Laurent Smets spoke about using group model building with virology experts to connect early vaccine research and development to the user requirements at the “last mile” in low- and middle-income countries. 

Kelsey Werner described workshops with local community groups in India (organized by the Social Systems Design Lab at Washington University) to model factors affecting their use of less harmful liquefied petroleum gas (e.g., for cooking) in place of solid fuels like firewood or charcoal..

Others reported on using System Dynamics simulation interfaces that engage stakeholders. As Juliette Rooney-Varga put it, this requires translating well-informed scientific models into meaningful, recognizable intervention levers and outputs. 

Allyson Beall King, presenting on her work with Tyler Opp, echoed this concept of scientific translation in describing their model of toxic sediments in Lake Coeur d’Alene.  They wanted to make sure this model would not only satisfy scientists but also be fully accessible and transparent for the public.

I also learned from Daniel Kliem’s talk about how to involve experts in participatory modeling. He said that if a simulation was the ultimate goal, then one should “fail fast” by developing the quantitative model sooner rather than later.  He also advised modelers to remember that we are the translators and integrators of others’ knowledge, and as such we should always give those experts the credit they are due. 

This last point reminded me of something that the other Student-Organized Colloquium keynote speaker, Dr. Irene Headen, said about one of the strengths of System Dynamics: the process allows modelers to collect and integrate multiple perspectives on a single topic. 

The conference is a heady experience for a first-time attendee like myself. Thinking about the presentations I attended, I realize that none precisely addressed environmental health and justice per se.  But that doesn’t really matter, because the presenters made it easy to see how their experiences and insights have broad application, and I look forward to applying these ideas in my own work.     

 

Martha McAlister – mcalisterm@usf.edu

Martha is a PhD student of Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. She studies the efficacy and sustainability of environmental health interventions. Martha’s participation in the International System Dynamics Conference was supported by USF NRT Strong Coasts (National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1243510). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, USF, or NRT Strong Coasts.

 

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