Abstract for: Assemblies: Lowering the Barriers to System Dynamics

Many early attempts at building models reach a dead end because of improper formulations, a lack of understanding, or a fear of the algebraic equations involved. Assemblies were developed to increase people’s modeling success and reach people who are too scared to start or don't have the time for the extensive training necessary. By reducing blank-page syndrome and the requirement to develop explicit equations and algebra to best practice formulations and a few simple choices, the chances for success are improved. This not only allows current practitioners to build models and model prototypes more rapidly but reaches people who like the idea of systems thinking but haven't been able to successfully build simulating models.