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System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge, MA

August 7th, 2015 No comments

The 33rd International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) was an inspiring event and we met many new faces as well as many longtime friends! If you were not able to attend the ISDC, stop by our booth, or go to the workshops on Thursday, we documented some of the highlights for you. isee systems was once again a supporting sponsor, but several reasons made this conference special for us. We celebrated isee systems’ 30th year with instant prizes and a raffle, a birthday cake, and by sharing stories about isee systems’ history. Many lucky winners were able to take System Dynamics books or isee systems software home.

Celebrating 30 years of isee systems

Celebrating with a special cake!

Our story from the first icon-based system dynamics software STELLA in 1985 up to our newest product Stella Professional in 2015

Our story from the first icon-based system dynamics software STELLA in 1985 up to our newest product Stella Professional in 2015 (click to enlarge)

Also special this year was that Karim Chichakly, Co-President of isee systems, was one of the two program chairs together with Khalid Saeed from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Moreover, Co-Presidents Karim Chichakly and Robert Eberlein led several workshops during the Summer School before the conference. In the process of preparing for the conference we had the pleasure of reviewing some amazing new work by the community.

David Collste and Therese Bennich accept the Barry Richmond Scholarship Award 2015

David Collste and Therese Bennich accept the Barry Richmond Scholarship Award 2015

An example of particularly meaningful work was done by Therese Bennich, Tom Bongers, and David Collste, this year’s winners of the Barry Richmond Scholarship Award. The award was established in 2007 to honor and continue the legacy of our company founder, Barry Richmond.  Barry was devoted to helping others become better “Systems Citizens”.  It was his mission to make Systems Thinking and System Dynamics accessible to people of all ages and in all fields. The winners contributed to this goal by their analysis Exploring Degrowth Pathways Using System Dynamics. More outstanding work by award winners of this conference can be found at the System Dynamics Society website.

William Schoenberg presents our newest product Stella Professional

William Schoenberg presents our newest product Stella Professional

The conference is always an exciting time for us to meet and talk with our customers and fellow Systems Thinking practitioners. This year we released an upgrade to STELLA/iThink ®, version 10.1 and our brand new product, Stella Professional 1.0. We enjoyed the opportunity to talk about both releases at our Users’ Group Meeting and during our Thursday Workshops, hosted by Robert Eberlein and William Schoenberg. If you missed our workshops, have a look at these modeling tips for getting the best out of your new Stella Professional software and have a look at this introductory webinar.

There are many more conference highlights that are worth reading up on. Get a full impression by searching for #isdc15 on social media or by watching these great videos by the System Dynamics Society.

Our personal favorite moment? We certainly can’t pick one, but our team agrees that seeing the amazing work done by our customers is a tremendous inspiration for us all – so we look forward to seeing you at the next ISDC in Delft 2016!

Humanities Major Attempts Dynamic Modeling and Survives!

January 15th, 2010 1 comment

This post is written by Rolf Olsen, a participant in our Introduction to Dynamic Modeling with iThink and STELLA workshop held last month in Colorado Springs.  We thought Rolf’s perspective would offer insights for those of you who are new to Systems Thinking or curious about applying dynamic modeling to real-world issues.

Rolf Olsen, Workshop Participant

I was very excited about a last-minute chance to attend the introductory iThink/STELLA workshop, but to be honest, on the flight to Colorado Springs, I started to become apprehensive.  Who was I trying to kid?  Sure, I’d heard the terms “stock” and “flow” and I understood their roles as the nouns and verbs of the software.  I’d even read a few chapters in Barry Richmond’s Introduction to Systems Thinking.  But the first time I started up the software and stared at that blank workspace, I had no clue where to begin!  Adding to my anguish, I was quite certain there would be others there who were much smarter than me and really knew what they were doing.

In college I spent most of my time and energy studying English and French, language, literature, cinema, art history, and so forth. I managed to avoid all higher math like the plague (although I did reasonably well in basic statistics).  My engineer father often reminded me that my degree in Humanities prepared me for almost nothing.  After college, I stumbled into a career in marketing – quite fertile territory for exploring system dynamics and modeling, as it turns out.  I spent a few formative years in an ad agency and at a regional banking system, before finding my stride marketing and managing nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Today I work in marketing and communication in a large academic medical center.

For years I’ve used spreadsheets to model various ‘what if’ scenarios.  In the arts, I used spreadsheets to create budgets and set ticket prices, always seeking ways to better predict revenue from ticket sales at different prices, for different types of performances (e.g., modern dance, string quartet, jazz ensemble), or on different days of the week.

Preparing for the iThink/STELLA workshop, I decided I’d like to try to model demand in a market area for laser vision correction surgery, popularly known as LASIK or PRK.  That seemed simple enough.  I might be able to bluff my way through this workshop after all!

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System Dynamics Conference in Albuquerque

July 21st, 2009 No comments

System Dynamics Society We’re looking forward to connecting with folks at the 27th Annual International System Dynamics Conference in Albuquerque next week.   Karim Chichakly, Jeremy Merritt and I will be there to share the latest news, listen to your stories, and answer any questions you might have.

We hope to see you at as many of the following isee sponsored events as your schedule allows:

Monday, July 27th

8:00 – 6:00 PM isee systems Exhibit Booth Open
12:30 – 1:00 PM isee systems Exhibitor Demonstration
1:00 – 1:50 PM STELLA and iThink User Group Meeting

Tuesday, July 28th

8:00 – 6:00 PM isee systems Exhibit Booth Open
7:00 PM Barry Richmond Scholarship Award Presentation

Wednesday, July 29th

8:00 – 6:00 PM isee systems Exhibit Booth Open

Thursday, July 30th

8:30 – 10:00 AM Getting Started with STELLA and iThink Workshop (Part 1)
Modeling Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First Course
Workshop by Diana Fisher
10:30 – 12:00 PM Getting Started with STELLA and iThink Workshop (Part 2)
1:00 – 2:30 PM Creating Simulations for the Web with iThink & STELLA Workshop

See you in Albuquerque!

Lake Morey – A Great Place for a Summer Workshop!

May 1st, 2009 No comments

View from Lake Morey Resort glof course

Our next Introduction to Dynamic Modeling Workshop is scheduled to be at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont on August 5th – 7th.  You may be wondering  “Why Lake Morey?”

For starters, the resort is located along the shores of Lake Morey, surrounded by Vermont hills in a beautiful natural setting. It has a golf course, tennis courts and lake front swimming facilities that attendees can enjoy while taking a break from the workshop.

Not only is Vermont a wonderful place to visit in the summer months, but Lake Morey is only ten miles north of the isee systems offices. We love being able to drop in on workshops that are close by or meet with customers over a beer after hours.  It gives us an opportunity to learn more about the amazing work people are doing with our software and to get their ideas for future development.  It also gives our customers a chance to get to know us and to put a face to someone they’ve been talking to over the phone or via email.

We hope to see you this summer! If there’s someone on the isee staff that you’d like to meet with, be sure to let us know.

Please give us a call at (603) 448-4990 or send an email to to check on availability. 

Dynamic Modeling Workshop in Cambridge, MA

February 11th, 2009 No comments
Steve Peterson coaches workshop attendees

Steve Peterson coaches workshop attendees

Our next workshop Introduction to Dynamic Modeling with STELLA and iThink will be held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston in Cambridge, MA on March 24-26th. 

One of the benefits of attending the workshop is access to our consulting partners from Lexidyne LLC who bring a ton of real-world practical experience to class.  Come with a real modeling  project in hand and they’ll coach you through the process of conceptualizing and creating a dynamic model with STELLA or iThink.

Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, class sizes are limited.   Please give us a call at (603) 448-4990 or send an email to to check on availability. 

We look forward to seeing you in Cambridge!

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