This video of an hour-long workshop introduces the core concepts and patterns of thought of the system dynamics approach to complex problems: thinking dynamically, thinking causally, thinking about accumulations, and the key to it all, thinking endogenously. The session builds skills in the mechanics of defining problems dynamically, mapping systems structure, and teasing out qualitative insights linking structure and dynamics. It introduces quantitative modelling, illustrating with a group model-based engagement on the problem of security of North Sea oil platforms during a technological transition.
Video (1 hour): An Introduction to System Dynamics presented by George Richardson was a workshop at the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation held in Canberra in Australia, online and at three co-conferences (Lueneburg in Germany, The Hague in the Netherlands and Montevideo in Uruguay), 8-11 September 2013. The Microsoft PowerPoint presentation from the video is available as a PDF (2.2MB).
Please note: in the section of this video on causal links, the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ signs described by George Richardson are not visible on the slides. These signs can be seen in the slides of this Powerpoint presentation PDF (2.2MB).
Posted: November 2014
Last modified: June 2015