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2010 isee User Conference “Making Connections”

Connecting at the welcome reception

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of hosting the 2010 isee User Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. During this amazing gathering of isee customers, partners, friends, and iThink/STELLA enthusiasts, we learned about the important work that is being done applying Systems Thinking to solve real-world problems, shared ideas, and made connections with one another.

For two and a half days, I saw participants immersed in keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and hands-on workshops.  As important, however, were the less structured round table discussions, poster presentations, and social activities.  Everywhere I looked, folks were engaged in conversation and connecting with one another.  Even better, I knew that many of those connections would continue to be fostered and developed well after the conference was over.

Presentations and models

Conference presentations and models are now available on the isee systems web site.  Please download and share these materials with your colleagues and friends. You’ll get a glimpse into the wide range of fields where Systems Thinking is being used to better understand the interconnections of dynamic systems including business, healthcare, education, energy, and the environment.  You can also download and listen to audio recordings of the keynote presentations:

A Conference Highlight

Steve Peterson describes the modeling process

One of the highlights of the conference for me was listening to the story that Steve Peterson and Paul Bothwell told about using Systems Thinking and dynamic modeling to help communities in high-violence Boston neighborhoods.

In their work with the Youth Violence Systems Project, there were two objectives:

  • Improve understanding of community-based violence in Boston
  • Help communities strategize and achieve sustained reductions in violence

What made this project different from other attempts to research and solve the youth violence problem in Boston was that it engaged “the community” in the development of the model.  From the get go, they included youth in the modeling process.  Gang members, in particular, turned out to be an important missing link to understanding violence and the dynamic system behavior.  Both Steve and Paul described some of the harsher realities of working with young people whose family members and friends were victims of violence.  The modeling process actually helped community members to articulate the “slippery slope dynamics” that move youth through the different stocks to gang involvement.  If you have a chance, I highly recommend listening to the audio recording!

Staying Connected

Participants engaged in round table discussions

Having time to interact with other participants was an important part of the conference experience.  It was wonderful to see the excitement and energy that is created when Systems Thinkers have an opportunity to connect with one another.  The cross fertilization that occurs so naturally between field experts, modelers, and educators was inspiring.

Please stay connected and let us know if there are other ways in which we can foster our growing community of STELLA and iThink modelers!

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  • Pedroddago

    En México hay una comunidad que desarrolla modelos para descubrir mejores políticas y soluciones a problemas de nuestra comunidad, todo esto ha sido escrito en español y sería interesante que abrieran un espacio para la publicación de este tipo artículos o laboratorios de aprendizaje en otro idioma diferente al inglés.

    Muchas felicidades por el material publicado en esta conferencia.

    Pedro D. Almaguer Prado
    pedrodago@gmail.com
    Teléfono: (81) 8421-0733
    Celular: 044 81 1248-3854
    Skype: pedro.dago

  • Pedroddago

    En la siguiente dirección vienen publicados algunos de los modelos presentados en el libro de Making Connections
    http://www.iseesystems.com/resources/TracingConnections_Resources.aspx

    Aunque por algún motivo no viene publicado el modelo de Corey Peck de su capítulo 7 titulado “Modeling Price and Inventory Dynamics”, sería bueno estudiar este modelo documentado en este libro, que debo de hacer para solicitar a COREY PECK el modelo completo para poder entender mejor lo que nos muestra en su interesante escrito.


    Pedro Dagoberto Almaguer Prado
    Teléfono: (81) 8421-0733
    Celular: 044 81 1248-3854
    Skype: pedro.dago
    pedrodago@gmail.com

  • Joanne Egner

    Dear Pedro,
    Please forgive me for not responding in Spanish. If I interpret your question correctly, you are asking for a copy of the model associated with Corey Peck’s chapter in the Tracing Connections book. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to share the model because of the consulting agreement with the client.
    Thanks for asking!
    Joanne