Last Friday we hosted the first of a four-part web seminar series titled Modeling for Environmental Sustainability. This first session was about how you can use simple bathtub dynamics to understand climate change.
In the session, Chris Soderquist demonstrates how you can use embeddable simulations to help raise awareness and understanding about climate change. Using simple bathtub dynamics, the “C02 Dynamic Indicator” simulation lets anyone experiment with the current set of policy proposals for capping and reducing emissions.
The live session was recorded and is now posted on our website, along with two embedded simulations that you can run online. All of the session materials are open source and we encourage you to link, embed and share them with others.
One of our recent webinars, What’s New in STELLA and iThink Version 9.1, highlights some of the new features added in last summer’s v9.1 release. Karim Chichakly, Director of Product Development, guides you though the model building steps to create a supply and demand model that investigates the current housing crisis.
Among other topics, Karim covers how to organize your model with modules, draw causal loop diagrams and import data from multiple spread sheets. Preview the 40 minute presentation with this 1.5 minute video clip.
You might have missed one of our recent free live webinars, Publishing Your Models to the Web with isee NetSim, that featured a demonstration of our isee Netsim product. We periodically run these webinars to allow customers the opportunity to see live software demonstrations and ask questions in real time. Video archives of these webinars are posted on our website.
In this session, Jeremy Merritt presented a live demonstration of isee Netsim. isee Netsim lets you publish your STELLA or iThink models to the web so that anyone with an internet connection and a web browser can run them. If you’re curious about how this simple process works, you can view the archived webinar video that shows how to prepare, export and publish a model to the web.
One of the questions I often get asked in both my professional and personal life is “What is Systems Thinking?” It seems like a simple question but the answer can be very different depending on who you’re talking to. Much of my career has been involved in the development of software so it is only natural for a lot of the folks I know to think of “systems” as having something to do with computers. Then there are certain unnamed members of my family who still don’t quite understand what it is I do for a living. And even when I do my best to explain, their eyes glaze over and they claim to get it “sort of”. That’s why I was so excited after I read the book Thinking in Systems – A Primer by Donnella Meadows. Finally there’s a book I can recommend to everyone because it so clearly explains what this systems stuff is all about.
Here’s how the online course will work. For four consecutive Fridays in April and May participants will log on to a web site where the course is being hosted. (We use the GoToWebinar service.) During each 70 minute session, Chris and Diana will present materials and provide step-by-step instruction followed by an interactive discussion period. Sessions will be recorded and all of the course materials will be available for download afterwards.
We’re really excited about this course because it is so relevant to the headlines we’ve been reading daily and will provide a framework for discussion regardless of your Systems Thinking experience level. If you’ve never done any modeling before, this course will be a great place to start. We’re even offering a time limited student license of iThink or STELLA for course participants.
Looking forward to having you join us on Fridays, beginning April 17th.