Learning tools, courses and relevant initiatives related to market formation dynamics, sustainability, and system dynamics and systems science.
A master level course, taught at emlyon by Prof. Jeroen Struben, with a focus on analyzing sustainability issues and identify high leverage interventions using systems thinking processes and techniques including causal loop diagramming
From research question to dynamic computational model
A PhD level course, taught at emlyon by Prof. Jeroen Struben, as part of the new Interdisciplinary Joint European Doctoral Network in System Dynamics. The course focuses on developing purposeful, effective, and behavioural robust computational models for dynamically complex problems. (Next course is dec 9-14 2019, registration via course webpage between oct 1-nov 15.)
Driving the Future: A web-based simulation in which participants play the role of 'car czar', designing and testing policies to promote alternative fuel vehicles for the US auto market. You can introduce environmental policies, offer incentives for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles and their fuel, and explore the impact of different future energy price scenarios on vehicle choice, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and firm performance. (By Keith, Naumov and Sterman, and based on our early alternative fuel vehicle market transitions models)
Better Place: Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry. A teaching case describing the early build up towards the BetterPlace launch aimed to disrupt the automotive industry through electric vehicles. The case also describes the automotive and energy industry context in which this took place.
Management flight simulators
Learning in turbulent situations is difficult because we never confront many of the consequences of our most important decisions. Management Flight Simulators are interactive learning tools, through which people can use simulation models to discover, for themselves, how complex systems behave is required to improve people’s mental models. Here we present a few that are relevant to sustainability market transitions or diffusion dynamics more generally.
C-ROADS: computer simulation tool that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can use it to rapidly test strategies for tackling climate change. (By Climate Interactive.)
En-ROADS: A fast, powerful climate simulation tool for understanding how we can achieve our climate goals through changes in energy, land use, consumption, agriculture, and other policies. (By Climate Interactive.)
Publications by other authors providing a good overview or background information of some of the market transitions subjects.
Nutritious Food Transformation:
Swinburn, B.A., Kraak, V.I., Allender, S., Atkins, V.J., Baker, P.I., Bogard, J.R., Brinsden, H., Calvillo, A., De Schutter, O., Devarajan, R. and Ezzati, M., 2019. The global syndemic of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change: The Lancet Commission report.The Lancet, 393(10173), pp.791-846.
Sterman, John D. , 2012. Sustaining Sustainability: Creating a Systems Science in a Fragmented Academy and Polarized World M.P. Weinstein and R.E. Turner (eds.), Sustainability Science: The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment. Link to book.
Sterman, John D. , 2015. Stumbling towards sustainability. Why Organizational Learning and Radical Innovation are Necessary to Build a More Sustainable World—But Not Sufficient
R. Henderson, M. Tushman and R. Gulati (eds.) Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective. Oxford University Press. Link to book.
International System Dynamics Society is a nonprofit organisation devoted to encouraging the development and use of system dynamics and systems thinking around the world. Those with interest in system dynamics or systems thinking more broadly can find multiple resources.
Meta SD is a website/ blog/ repository discussing dynamic modeling and analysis techniques and applications. Dr Fiddaman himself produced significant contributions in the domain of climate and energy policy modeling as well as in dynamic modeling methods and software. His website devotes much, but certainly not all, of its writings on these topics.
Climate Interactive is a not-for-profit organization to help people see what works to address climate change and related issues like energy, health, food security, and disaster risk reduction. They develop easy-to-use, tangible, scientifically-grounded tools and programs for engagement help people see for themselves what options exist today to shape the future they want to see.