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System Dynamics Society Inc

aka System Dynamics Society   |   Littleton, MA   |  https://www.systemdynamics.org/

Mission

System Dynamics will transform society by making improvements to decision-making in government, commerce, and other organizations. Powerful examples of its impact will be widely known amongst the general public, and people with authority will be aware of how System Dynamics can raise the effectiveness of the organizations they lead. Organizations will employ or seek support from large numbers of experienced professionals with deep skills that are defined, recognized and valued. Those professionals will emerge from Universities and other training institutions that provide high-quality training, drawing on an extensive resource of accessible and rigorous teaching materials. The topic will be understood and respected in the academic community.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Rebecca D. Niles

Main address

451 King Street #542

Littleton, MA 01460-0542 USA

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EIN

22-2738769

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (U03)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Professional Societies, Associations (Y03)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC)

The International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) is an annual event that unites global minds with a shared passion for System Dynamics and systems thinking. The ISDC stands as a beacon for interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration, attracting a diverse audience from business, academia, philanthropy, and more who are tackling complex problems and some of the top global challenges of our time, such as climate change, equity, and population health.

Our conference is a comprehensive platform where newcomers gain valuable insights, seasoned practitioners stay abreast with the latest trends, and every participant enjoys unrivaled networking opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Our seminars cover a wide range of topics including modeling, decision-making, sustainability, and public policy, and are designed to be accessible to both beginners and experienced audiences. The Seminar Series provides a valuable forum for learning, sharing, and collaborating on the application of System Dynamics to real-world challenges.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics
Activists
Students

At the System Dynamics Society, we understand the vital role of mentorship in shaping the future of our field. That’s why we offer four different options to support individuals looking to learn and apply systems thinking and System Dynamics skills. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to enhance your expertise, our mentorship programs provide tailored guidance and support to help you achieve your goals.
Peer Mentoring
One-on-one mentorship
Short-term modeling assistance
Publishing assistance

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics
Adults
Academics
Activists
Students
Adults
Academics
Activists
Students

We provide several learning opportunities to our community, including Summer School training in System Dynamics (introductory and intermediate levels) and Jay W. Forrester Seminar Series courses about System Dynamics modeling.

Population(s) Served

We provide scholarships to Conference Attendees, Summer School participants, and membership seekers with financial need.
We have a review process for Conference Scholarships and Summer School scholarships that takes into account the quality of their submission to the conference, motivational statement, likelihood to be able to contribute to the field, in addition to the attendee's financial need.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Activists
Adults
Students
Academics
Activists
Adults
Students
Academics
Activists
Adults
Students

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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System Dynamics Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bradley Morrison

Brandeis International Business School

Term: 2023 - 2023

David Ross Keith

MIT Sloan School of Management

Robert Eberlein

isee systems inc

Diana Fisher

Portland State University

Shayne Gary

University of New South Wales

Sara Metcalf

University of Buffalo

Hyunjung Kim

California State University

Sara Metcalf

University at Buffalo

J. Bradley Morrison

Brandeis International Business School

Asmeret Naugle

Sandia National Laboratories

Eliot Rich

University at Albany

Krystyna Stave

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Birgit Kopainsky

University of Bergen

Paul Newton

Boeing

Raafat Zaini

James Madison University

Lees Stuntz

Creative Learning Exchange

Thomas Wittig

Wittigonia

Allyson Beall King

Washington State University

Peter Hovmand

Case Western Reserve University

Saras Chung

SKIP Designed

Timothy Clancy

Dialectic Simulations Consulting

Jenson Goh

Coddiwompling

Juan Pablo Torres

Universidad de Chile

Kawika Pierson

Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Jennifer Johnson

Martin Kunc

Southampton Business School

Camilo Olaya

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Jeroen Struben

MIT Sloan School of Management

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/12/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.