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Ivan Taylor presents “SDS One-on-One Mentorship Program”

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics hosts Ivan Taylor ( who will present:

SDS One-on-One Mentorship Program

Short Description: Discuss the benefits of the SDS Mentorship program. How it works and how to join as a mentor or as a mentee.

Questions for the Audience: Would they find the one-on-one mentorship program usual to them in reaching their goals in SD?


We will record this presentation and post to the WPI System Dynamics Club YouTube Channel.

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WPI System Dynamics Welcomes You (Back)!

In the first Collective Learning Meeting (CLM) of the 2021-2022 academic year, WPI System Dynamics will host a

Welcome (Back) Session

Short Description: In this discussion and networking session, we will have a round of introductions, discuss the purpose of the CLMs, reflect on the 2021 International System Dynamics Conference, and then open up the session to any topic.

We will not record this session.

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Cissy Amparo Lavadenz-Vargas presents “Vermicomposting, an eco-san technology to close the loop in Sanitation for developing countries”

Join us online Friday, July 23rd Noon – 1PM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter).

In the last Collective Learning Meeting (CLM) of the 2020-2021 academic year, WPI System Dynamics will host Cissy Amparo Lavadenz-Vargas ( who will present:

Vermicomposting, an eco-san technology to close the loop in Sanitation for developing countries

Short Description: Vermicomposting is a simple and accessible technology to treat organic waste, usually portrayed as clean technology. Nonetheless, the processes and relations that occur in the system are complex and not completely understood. Studies consider the variables are correlated, but the relations are not seen as a whole system. If all the variables are not controlled properly, vermicomposting produces GHG emissions diminishing its benefits. This research focuses on developing a model with system dynamics to elucidate the dynamics of vermicomposting and identify the main parameters to control or calculate GHG emissions.

Question for the Audience: When publishing a paper in the field of System Dynamics, what is the most recommendable approach CLDs or stock and flows? What are the key points when publishing an article in the area?

Biography: I am an Environmental Engineer, currently a Ph.D. student of Environmental Science and Engineering Major at USTB in Beijing, China. My current research focuses on the sustainability of Ecological Sanitation. I am new to the system Dynamics methodology, and I would like to get more insights from experts and practitioners of System Dynamics.

We will record this presentation.

If you are interested in presenting your work, please contact Christine Tang (

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[Economics SIG] Aman Ullah and Ivan Taylor present “The Effect of Institutional Quality on Economic Growth”

Join us online Friday, July 9th Noon – 1PM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter).

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), the System Dynamics Society’s Economics SIG and WPI System Dynamics host Muhammad Aman Ullah ( and Ivan Taylor ( who will present:

The Effect of Institutional Quality on Economic Growth

Short Description: To present a macroeconomic framework that identifies the structure of institutional quality in developing countries and their linkages to economic growth and income distribution. The objective is to identify leverage points related to institutional quality that can be addressed and thereby, help to optimize policy options that enhance and sustain economic growth.

Question for the Audience: The importance of validity is the central theme of econometric research – Is the typical SD approach efficient in tackling problems of social science research with less emphasis being placed on empirical validity of SD Models.




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System Dynamics for Climate Change Mitigation

Integrated System Dynamics models of economy and environment have long been used for research and decision support for sustainability problems, starting with the seminal work of World Dynamics and Limits to Growth. In this seminar, we will discuss how such models support decision-making, stakeholder, and public engagement for climate change and sustainability problems. We will reflect on existing models and tools, such as Climate Interactive’s En-ROADS and Millennium Institute’s iSDG tool, and their use cases. We’ll also be discussing how the Climate Change Initiative at UMass Lowell uses System Dynamics tools to raise awareness on climate change.

With Juliette Rooney-Varga, Carolyn McCarthy, Sibel Eker, and Steve Arquitt

About the Presenters

Climate Interactive is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank that grew out of MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Based on a long tradition of system dynamics modeling, our simulations and insights help people see connections, play out scenarios, and see what works to address climate change, inequity, and related issues like energy, health, and food.

Dr. Sibel Eker is currently a Senior Researcher at Climate Interactive and a Research Scholar at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. Her interdisciplinary research profile combines systems analysis and engineering, decision sciences, and social sciences, and her work brings systems thinking and uncertainty focus to climate change and sustainability problems with model-based approaches. Complementing her academic experience, she has worked with several stakeholders and policy actors such as UK DBEIS, World Bank, EIT-Climate KIC, governmental and private organizations. Dr. Eker obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2016, from Delft University of Technology, with a focus on dealing with uncertainties in the Dutch natural gas sector. Prior to joining IIASA, she worked at University College London on integrated decision making in housing, energy, and well-being; and at the Delft University of Technology on the resilience of the transport network in Bangladesh.

Millennium Institute (MI) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization passionate about improving the welfare of individuals on every continent by working with stakeholders to meet the challenges of sustainable development.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, officially adopted by 193 countries, are envisioned as the world’s pathway to a sustainable future. The Goals are ambitious but the resources to achieve them are few. System dynamics models can help planners identify effective and cost-efficient combinations of interventions for progress toward the Goals. This presentation describes the Integrated Sustainable Development Goal (iSDG) model and its use in participatory planning for the SDGs.

Steven Arquitt, Ph.D. is a senior researcher and modeler with the Millennium Institute. He works with governments to develop plans for the UN Sustainable Development Goals using the iSDG System Dynamics model. Steve has worked on iSDG projects in Malawi, Namibia, and currently in Bhutan.

The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is a UMass Lowell Research Center that informs and supports evidence-based climate action. Our research, education, and outreach foster a transition to a sustainable, resilient, and equitable society. Faculty collaborate on research, teaching, and community engagement activities; using a systems thinking framework to integrate across disciplines. We are committed to working with citizens, community organizations, and policymakers to ensure that our scholarly work benefits society directly.

Juliette N. Rooney-Varga is an expert on climate change and sustainability. She is the Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and associate professor of Environmental Science.

Carolyn McCarthy is a Program Associate at the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative where she develops and researches the learning impacts of simulation-based curriculum for low-income and first-generation-in-college students. Having previously guided strategic planning processes for cross-sector collaborative networks, her main interests are in the practical applications of systems thinking problem-solving for collective action. Carolyn earned a Master of Philosophy in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway, and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from the University of Vermont in Global Studies, Spanish, and Dance.

Discussion on the New WPI System Dynamics Micro-courses

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a:

Discussion on the New WPI System Dynamics Micro-courses

Short Description: We will

  • discuss the structure and status of the self-paced micro-courses and badges
  • demo part of the first micro-course: “System Dynamics Fundamentals”
  • communicate how to sign up for the micro-courses
  • canvass the audience for suggestions.

Questions for the Audience:

  • How likely are you to enroll in a WPI System Dynamics micro-course?
  • What would you like to see in these courses?

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Gene Bellinger presents “Insights: Trial & Learning”

Join us online Friday, June 18th Noon – 1PM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter).

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), Gene Bellinger ( will present:

Insights: Trial & Learning

Short Description: Over the past 4+ decades of developing relationship models there have been numerous insights that would have served me well had I had them earlier along the journey. This presentation surfaces those I’ve found to be the greatest aha moments!

Question for the Audience: What are your greatest aha moments as you pursued understanding relationships and their implications?

Biography: Since reading Stafford Beer’s “Platform for Change” in 1975 Gene’s primary pursuit has been the development of stories of relationships and their implications, to provoke thought, foster deeper understanding, create insights and enable more effective action.

We will record this presentation.

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[Economics SIG] Roberto Pasqualino presents “Global Systemic Risk Analysis with the ERRE model – Research from the SD National model & World3”

Join us online Friday, June 11th Noon – 1PM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter).

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), the System Dynamics Society’s Economics SIG and WPI System Dynamics host Roberto Pasqualino ( who will present part 2 of his presentation on the Economic Risk, Resources and Environment (ERRE) Model:

Global Systemic Risk Analysis with the ERRE model – Research from the SD National model & World3

Short Description: The presentation reviews the ERRE model analysis as published in ‘Resources, Financial Risk and the Dynamics of Growth’ (Routledge, 2020). This covers both a short term shock analysis for food and energy, and a long term fat tail extreme risk analysis to 2100 for hot house effect, energy depletion, green energy transition and carbon taxes.

Presentation Slides:

Questions to the Audience: What is the relationship between energy and food when running against global limits? To what extent is global aggregate analysis effective for addressing global emerging risks for humanity within 2100?

Biography:  My research is in complex adaptive systems modelling of industrial policies for the analysis of financial risk and sustainability. My research interest lies in cross cutting fields including complex economics, social change, system policy, innovation processes and energy transition studies. I developed the ERRE model within the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) project, and attracted £400k investment for the creation of an Anglia Ruskin University start-up (Exoshock LTD).  I am currently working as Research Fellow in the Economics of Energy Innovation and Systems Transition (EEIST) supporting narrowing the gap between the energy transition modelling community and effective policy making in China, India, Brazil, Europe, and UK, and consulting the European Commission on energy transition modelling for road transport in Europe. I am the author of several journal papers and co-author of the book ‘Resources Financial Risk and the Dynamics of Growth’ with Professor Aled Jones.

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We will stream this presentation to the SDS Econ SIG YouTube channel.