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Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamic Modeling


6 hours of Professional Development
3 hours Face to Face, 3 hours post-workshop assignment

Facilitated by David Roman, Energy Policy Manager at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE)     

Systems Thinking (ST) is a way of seeing and talking about the world that helps us better understand complexity and change. ST allows us to see feedback responses rather than linear cause-effect chains, to see patterns of change rather than a static “snapshot”. It offers a holistic vision of the world, providing us the ability to comprehend the world as a complex system where everything is linked with everything else.  System Dynamics is the associated methodology to ST and it permits us to elicit mental models, enhance learning and communication, expand our perspective on problems, and identify courses of action with confidence and commitment. System Dynamics provides the tools to build models that teach us how and why complex systems behave in the way they do. This workshop is a complete hands-on introduction to Systems Thinking (ST) and System Dynamics (SD) oriented to improve learning, modeling and analysis capabilities within organizations.  Participants will work in teams with the paradigm of Systems Thinking and will be given opportunities to work with simple applications of System Dynamics Tools.


-Apply Systems Thinking to complex problems

-Describe the components of a complex system

-Map the structure of complex systems and understand their dynamics

-Diagnose the natural evolution of a system under analysis

-Create a model of a system


Evaluation will include completion of workshop and participant must develop a discipline specific lesson plan or course module  or –if staff - department action  that incorporates key concepts of sustainability and Systems Thinking.  Assignment is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop, and lesson plans or course modules will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage.


David Roman is the Energy Policy Manager at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). Mr. Roman joined SACE in June 2014 and focuses on the energy efficiency program and utility Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) research activities.  Mr. Roman has worked as an independent consultant in demand side management, business intelligence and executive education services. He has also been an employee of corporate utilities in Spain and the US, specializing in areas such as evaluation measurement and verification, corporate planning and controlling, and energy distribution and commercialization.

His areas of expertise include project management, team facilitation, strategic planning and financial and marketing analysis. He is an advocate of applying Systems Thinking and System Dynamics Modeling in solving complex problems related to human behavior affecting our environment. Mr. Roman holds an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa of Madrid, Spain and a BS in Business Science with a concentration in Market Research from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

He has been a participant of the Business Dynamics Executive Program of the Sloan School of Management at MIT Boston, Massachusetts. He is member of the System Dynamics Society (SDS).



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