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Women In System Dynamics – In Honor Of International Women’s Day

Women In System Dynamics – In Honor Of International Women’s Day

by | Mar 8, 2022 | News

Join us in celebrating and remembering women in System Dynamics

International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Over the past several decades, more women have become part of the System Dynamics field, greatly increasing gender diversity in our discipline. We have many amazing, inspiring, brilliant, and visionary female leaders. Today we highlight women in the field who have published books related to System Dynamics and systems thinking, although this list is not exhaustive.

Sustainability | Environment

Sylvi Ulli-BeerGovernance dynamics of energy technology change: Analyzing socio-technical transitions towards sustainability.

Allyson Beall and Kara WhitmanEnvironmental Science and Sustainable Solutions: Lab and Field Manual.

Krystyna Stave, Goraw Goshu, Shimelis Aynalem (Editors): Social and Ecological System Dynamics: Characteristics, Trends, and Integration in the Lake Tana Basin, Ethiopia

Systems Thinking

Derek Cabrera and Laura Cabrera Systems Thinking Made Simple: New Hope for Solving Wicked Problems.

Joy Richmond, Lees Stuntz, Kathy Richmond, and Joanne Egner (Editors): Tracing Connections: Voices of Systems Thinkers.

Pre-College Education | Children’s Books | Teacher’s Manuals

Anne LaVigne and Lees StuntzModel Mysteries: An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies, and Other Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place.

Rob Quaden, Alan Ticotsky, and Debra LyneisThe Shape of Change including Stocks and Flows.

Demi (Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt): One Grain of Rice.

Diana Fisher: Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach and Modeling Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First Course.

Jennifer Andersen, Anne LaVigne, and The Creative Learning Exchange: Systems in Motion: Exploring Complexity through an Interdisciplinary Lens.

Linda Booth Sweeney: When a Butterfly SneezesConnected Wisdom: Living Stories About Living Systems, and When the Snow Falls.

Applied System Dynamics and Systems Thinking | Methodology | Organizational Change

Inge Bleijenbergh, Hubert Korzilius, Etiënne Rouwette (Editors): Methods, Model Building and Management: A liber amicorum for Jac Vennix.

Michele Battle-Fisher: Application of Systems Thinking to Health Policy and Public Health Ethics: Public Health and Private Illness.

Nalini Pillay, Andries Botha, and Josephine MusangoApplied System Dynamics With South African Case Studies. Watch Nalini Pillay and Andries Botha discuss lessons from their book in this Seminar Recording.

Nancy Roberts, David F. Andersen, Ralph M. Deal, William A. Shaffer: Introduction to Computer Simulation: A System Dynamics Modeling Approach.

Nici ZimmermannDynamics of Drivers of Organizational Change.

Regine Bendl, Inge Bleijenbergh, Elina Henttonen, Albert J. Mills (Editors): The Oxford Handbook of Diversity in Organizations.


Deborah Andersen and David Andersen: Theories of Decision Making: An Annotated Bibliography.

MIT Artificial Intelligence Group: John McCarthy, Robert Brayton, Daniel Edwards, Phyllis Fox, Louis Hodes, David Luckham, Klim Maling, David Park, Stephen Russel: LISP I: Programmer’s Manual

In 1959, Phyllis Fox and Alexander Pugh wrote the first version of DYNAMO (DYNAmic MOdels) and the system dynamics language that became the industry standard for over thirty years).

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Donella (Dana) Meadows was an inspiring leader, scholar, writer, teacher, a Pew Scholar in Conservation and Environment, and a MacArthur Fellow, and was one of the most influential environmental thinkers of the twentieth century. After receiving a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard, she joined a team at MIT applying the relatively new tools of System Dynamics to global problems. While Donella Meadows researched and wrote about global problems, she herself also practiced local solutions, a living personification of Rene Dubos’ famous expression, “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

Donella’s ideas, insights, teachings, environmental leadership, and belief in the capacity of humans to create a sustainable world continue to inspire and motivate us today. 

Visit the Donella Meadows Project by the Academy for Systems Change to learn more about Dana’s life and work.


Dana wrote and co-authored several books, including the following: 

Twenty years after their influential book Limits to Growth was published to worldwide acclaim, the authors revise several scenarios of growth, concluding that the global industrial system has already overshot some of the Earth’s vital ecological limits.

Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update is a warning that overshoot cannot be sustained without collapse. But there is reason to believe that humanity can still reverse some of its damage to Earth if it takes appropriate measures to reduce inefficiency and waste.

The Electronic Oracle investigates the practice and impact of systems analysis and computer modeling, particularly as applied to social policy. Case studies of nine models address issues of economic development, resources, and the environment.


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