Abstract for: Shaping the Future of System Dynamics: Challenges and Opportunities

This session will examine the progress of the field, asking questions about where we should be going next and how we should get there. The session will begin with a Socratic dialogue aimed at giving some thoughts about how to expand the field beyond its current position and how to draw more attention to its powerful ideas. This will be followed by contributions from a range of people drawn from across the system dynamics community. They will speak about their personal experiences on: what drew them into the field; what they see as its strengths and weaknesses; what they feel needs to be done to advance the discipline of system dynamics. A chaired discussion amongst all participants will then open up to include the audience. The session is designed as an opportunity for all conference attendees to consider our field and to contribute their thoughts and opinions on how its future might be shaped.