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MINDS Cast Ep. 3 –Escape from Model Land – How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do About it – w/ Erica Thompson (London School of Economics)

Mathematical models are used to support many kinds of decisions, but they do not produce perfect predictions of the future. Erica will talk about some mathematical and social challenges for the use of models in decision-making, drawing on examples from climate change and Covid, and consider what best practices look like for responsible modeling in politically-charged contexts.

Dr. Erica Thompson holds the position of Senior Policy Fellow specializing in the Ethics of Modeling and Simulation at the London School of Economics Data Science Institute.

Her research focuses on leveraging mathematical and computational models to guide decision-making in practical contexts. Dr. Thompson has dedicated her efforts to developing mathematical and statistical techniques for assessing and interpreting models. Additionally, she explores essential philosophical inquiries concerning the true significance of model outputs and the integration of models with expert judgement in decision-making processes.

Don’t miss out this exciting discussion!

Organized by MINDS

This event is organized by MINDS, a student-led peer mentoring initiative for System Dynamics students at the University of Bergen.

Zoom Details:

Topic: MINDS Cast Ep. 3 – Escape from Model Land w/ Erica Thompson (London School of Economics)
Time: Mar 7, 2024 04:00 PM Oslo

https://uib.zoom.us/j/64081308083?pwd=Myt1TDQwSWQzM2pKdXJSWS9HTStSdz09

Meeting ID: 640 8130 8083
Password: 2f9yK9j8

Networking Series: March

Join us to grow your network and build relationships! We’ll host an online networking event for you to get to know people in the field and share your work experience with those keen on System Dynamics. Using the zoom platform you will be able to meet people and share experiences!

You’ll have the chance to really connect! Join us to:

  • Get to know people in the field
  • Explore different perspectives
  • Learn about System Dynamics projects
  • Share your experience
  • Build relationships

How Did En-ROADS Get 755,000 users? Lessons on Modeling, Interface Design, and Facilitation

May, 8 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

How Did En-ROADS Get 755,000 Users? Lessons on Modeling, Interface Design, and Facilitation

In this participatory webinar, Drew Jones of Climate Interactive will share insights on how to create a System Dynamics model and online simulator that will succeed at improving mental models and system performance at scale.

The teams at Climate Interactive, MIT Sloan, and Ventana Systems designed its System Dynamics models C-ROADS and En-ROADS with the goal of improving the understanding of climate policy choices amongst decision-makers around the world, leading to deliberate strategies in three major areas: 1) modeling, 2) interface/UX design, and 3) facilitation, workshop design, game creation, training, and user support.

This webinar will cover the design decisions made over the ~30 years of the project, generalizing the more universal insights for any system dynamics project.

About the Presenter

Andrew (Drew) Jones is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive. An expert on international climate and energy issues, his quotes and data stories appear in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and other media.

Jones and his team at CI and MIT Sloan developed the climate simulations used by John Kerry and others to secure the 2014 bi-lateral U.S.-China deal that set up the Paris Agreement, as well as currently in the White House and Congress.

Trained in System Dynamics modeling at Dartmouth College and MIT, Jones has worked at Rocky Mountain Institute and was a protégé of Dana Meadows.

Jones co-accepted the System Dynamics Society’s award for the best real-world application of modeling. He won Dartmouth College’s Ray W. Smith award for the most significant contribution to the status of the College.

Workshop: Visualize and Analyze Complex Challenges the Easy Way

February, 7 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 12 am Beijing | Time Converter

Workshop: Visualize and Analyze Complex Challenges the Easy Way

Facing challenges that involve multiple interacting factors requires a methodical approach to visualize and analyze these interconnections. Qualitative modeling provides a straightforward way to map out cause-and-effect relationships. This approach is adaptable, suitable for use in workshops, collaborative models, or individual analysis.

This workshop introduces the user-friendly Consideo iModeler tool to assign weights to connections without the need for complex formulas. Utilizing the Insight Matrix, participants can easily identify key factors that either contribute to or hinder progress towards their objectives.

The session delves into the scientific principles underpinning this qualitative approach, explaining how results are derived. Additionally, it offers a comparative analysis of qualitative and quantitative models, drawing on real-world project examples. This seminar is designed to equip you with the tools to make informed decisions in complex scenarios.

About the Presenter

Kai Neumann has over 25 years of experience serving as a full-time systems thinker and modeler, both as a business consultant and scientist. His expertise spans a broad range of topics, including systemic strategy development, process optimization, global energy transition, food security, and transformation. Additionally, he delves into e-mobility, artificial intelligence, welfare economics, and political strategies. His extensive experience and diverse skill set make him a valuable asset in various fields.

About Consideo iModeler

Consideo iModeler is a cutting-edge software tool designed to visualize and analyze complex situations, making it easier for users to plan, make decisions, and communicate more effectively. This software stands out for its unique Insight Matrix feature, which provides a revolutionary way to handle complexity. It allows both qualitative and quantitative modeling, including System Dynamics for scenario modeling.

Systems Thinking for Sustainability: A Proposal for International Cooperation

January, 17 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 12 am Beijing | Time Converter

Systems Thinking for Sustainability: A Proposal for International Cooperation.

The international cooperation proposal “System Thinking for Sustainability” is an initiative led by the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga (UNAB) whose fundamental objective is to address current challenges in favor of global sustainability. It is based on the application of Systems Thinking, a comprehensive approach that seeks to understand and solve complex problems from a holistic and interconnected perspective.

This proposal focuses on promoting sustainable development through collaboration and promoting innovative solutions. Through the analysis of complex systems and the identification of interdependent relationships, it seeks to find strategies to address contemporary dilemmas in key areas such as energy transition, organizational and institutional change for sustainability, water management, cybersecurity and the promotion of education and scientific vocations.

A look at the problems of dissemination of systems thinking: Recognizing the challenges of effectively disseminating Systems Thinking, the proposal focuses on identifying strategies to overcome dissemination barriers and promote a broader and deeper understanding of this approach, promoting its adoption and application in various areas and sectors.

An organizational proposal for coordination to improve impact: The initiative focuses on establishing an effective organizational structure that facilitates coordination between various actors interested in Systems Thinking. It seeks to enhance the impact of this approach by creating collaborative platforms, knowledge-sharing networks and strategies to promote its practical application in relevant contexts.

Development of educational tools and resources: The creation and dissemination of educational materials and practical tools that allow the understanding and effective application of Systems Thinking are sought. This includes the development of digital resources, methodological guides and training programs to encourage greater adoption and understanding of this approach.

About the Presenter

Jorge Parra Valencia is recognized for his expertise and contributions in various fields. As a seasoned professional, his areas of specialization include Computer and Information Sciences, Educational Sciences, and Engineering and Technology. Jorge’s research interests are diverse and significant, encompassing Systems Thinking, Systems Thinking in Education, System Dynamics, Social Dilemmas of Cooperation, and Modeling and Simulation of Complex Phenomena. His proficiency in research and development is evident as he consistently aids companies and clients in reaching their goals and resolving intricate issues. His approach combines creativity, systemic thinking, and rigorous research, making him a valuable asset in his field.

 

Welcome (Back) and Networking Session

Please join us online Friday, January 26th 11AM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter). See the “Join” button at the bottom of this page for the meeting link.

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics, the SDS Economics Special Interest Group (SIG), Psychology and Human Behavior SIG, Environmental SIG, Water SIG and Transboundary Groundwater Resilience (TGR) Network of Networks will co-host a

Welcome (Back) and Networking Session

We will have a round of introductions and then discuss

  • Future co-hosted events and SIG sustainability
  • International System Dynamics Conference 2024
  • Anything else the group wishes

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them. You can view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) from these sessions and more on our website.

If you are interested in presenting your work in a future CLM, please contact Christine Tang (ctang@wpi.edu).

Tentative Schedule
https://wp.wpi.edu/lcsap/events/collective-learning-meetings-clm/

Telephone details: https://mailchi.mp/56da7a870e2d/happy-new-year-wpi-system-dynamics-updates-and-upcoming-events

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Integrating Systems Thinking into Science Education and Curriculum

April 24, 2024 at 9 am NY | 2 pm London | 9 pm Beijing | Time Converter

Integrating Systems Thinking into Science Education and Curriculum

For teaching and learning science through rich-contexts and complex real-world scenarios, application of systems thinking approaches offers convenient platform. This framework can be well integrated into problem-based learning, learning from case studies, project-based approaches etc. Compared to reductionist approach, systems approach will also facilitate students’ holistic and interdisciplinary understanding about a complex problem. Along these lines, this seminar focuses to explore the scope of applying systems thinking concepts into science teaching and curriculum with a focus in the context of chemistry teaching and learning.

About the Presenter

Dr. Bellam Sreenivasulu, Senior Lecturer and Resident Fellow at the Residential College-4 (RC4), National University of Singapore (NUS), holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ASTAR, ICES). He has extensive teaching experience in chemistry and applied chemistry such as supramolecular chemistry. Currently, at RC4, Dr. Bellam specializes in systems thinking and system dynamics (ST&SD) curriculum with a focus on modeling real-world complex problems in relation to energy systems- sustainable energy, renewable energy, carbon emissions etc. He also teaches topics such as ‘Sleep Health for Holistic Wellbeing’ applying systems thinking approach. His educational research interests include chemistry education, ST&SD education exploring students’ learning and misconceptions in these areas.

 

Hands-On Workshop: Modeling Non-Renewable Resources Dynamics

Feb 21, 2024 at 9 am NY | 2 pm London | 10 pm Beijing | Time Converter

Hands-On Workshop: System Dynamics Modeling Non-Renewable Resources Dynamics

This session about modeling the depletion of non-renewable resources is intended to enable participants to understand the problem holistically through systems approach. First, they will learn to construct causal loop diagrams (feedback loops) by applying systems thinking concepts, and then learn to develop stock and flow diagrams as models for simulations to study how a system structure generates the behavior of overshoot and collapse of non-renewable resources. At the end of this session, the participants will be enabled to:

  • Identify the cause and effect interactions among the key variables in the given system scenario to develop feedback loops
  • Build stock and flow diagram to quantify the model on Vensim
  • Run the simulations on Vensim to observe predicted dynamic behavior
  • Propose policies for sustainable use of resources

This hands-on practice session is intended to engage beginners in the field of systems thinking and System Dynamics. It is expected to run for 2 hours.

Download the Software

This workshop will make use of Vensim PLE, the free version of the modeling software provided by Ventana Systems. To ensure efficient use of time during the workshop, we kindly ask all participants to download the software in advance from https://vensim.com/free-downloads/

Pre-Work Tasks

Before attending the workshop, please complete the PRE-WORK TASKS to ensure a productive learning experience:

  1. Watch the introductory segment (up to 10 minutes) of the video on ‘drawing causal loop diagrams (CLDs) in Vensim’ to familiarize yourself with the basics of CLD creation in Vensim. Access the video here: Vensim Causal Loop Diagramming Video.
  2. Practice drawing CLDs by replicating the example shown in the video. Once comfortable, save your version of the CLD in the ‘.mdl’ format with your name as the filename.
  3. Learn about constructing simple Stock and Flow Models in Vensim by watching the relevant video. This will provide foundational knowledge in creating stock and flow diagrams (SFD). Access the video here: Building a Simple Vensim Model.

About the Instructor

Dr. Bellam Sreenivasulu, Senior Lecturer and Resident Fellow at the Residential College-4 (RC4), National University of Singapore (NUS), holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ASTAR, ICES). He has extensive teaching experience in chemistry and applied chemistry such as supramolecular chemistry. Currently, at RC4, Dr. Bellam specializes in systems thinking and system dynamics (ST&SD) curriculum with a focus on modeling real-world complex problems in relation to energy systems- sustainable energy, renewable energy, carbon emissions etc. He also teaches topics such as ‘Sleep Health for Holistic Wellbeing’ applying systems thinking approach. His educational research interests include chemistry education, ST&SD education exploring students’ learning and misconceptions in these areas.