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Building Products with Impact

Building Products with Impact

Building Products with Impact demonstrates the diverse set of products you can create with STELLA and iThink. You will be amazed by the versatility of the software – it is capable of supporting so many products, artifacts, and activities that apply systems thinking, you’ll be constrained only by your creativity.. We will help you identify the products that will be meet your learning objectives and then explain the skills and steps needed to develop them. You’ll learn software mechanics, design principles, modeling tips – and more. And you’ll learn how to convert insights gained in systems thinking projects into nuggets of learning that can be communicated to wider audiences!

In this series, you’ll learn practical software techniques, tips and tools developed by experienced isee systems partners that will jumpstart your ability to create a range of product deliverables. This four-session recorded web seminar series provides STELLA and iThink users practical, “use tomorrow” exercises, tools, and demonstrations that apply to business, health care, education, the environment and other fields. If you are an internal or external consultant, this webinar will help you increase your effectiveness working with clients. If you are an educator, you’ll find this webinar will provide you with new ways to introduce concepts and build skills.

Led by Chris Soderquist of Pontifex Consulting – with occasional guest practitioners – each recorded session includes a 50-55 minute presentation followed by questions and answers. Online access to session recordings, sample STELLA/iThink maps and models, handouts, and homework assignments will cement your learning.

Course Overview

Class 1: Systems Thinking Maps

This session explains the power of the stock/flow language and how to best communicate it to any audience. You’ll learn how to facilitate sessions with maps, and how you can use the power of Storytelling (a unique feature of the isee software suite) to better engage them in a dialogue of learning. They’ll be able to link behavior to structural assumptions, and develop a mental model of the issues in ways they can immediately apply. This session will include guest practitioners from the fields of health and education who have successfully built and facilitated systems thinking maps to make a difference.

Class 2: Learning Environments

This session provides you with the fundamentals needed to create an effective learning progression for your clients/students. You’ll see how to determine the learning goals, outline a learning progression, and develop the appropriate set of experiments using the interface features of the software. You’ll learn many tips I’ve learned from nearly 20 years designing learning environments. This session will include a guest educator who has co-developed a learning environment to teach multi-sectoral sustainability.

Class 3: Management Flight Simulators

In this session, you’ll learn how to build some of the more common systems thinking products: flight simulators and decision support tools. You’ll learn the do’s and don’t’s of designing and implementing, including how to keep your models simple, lead a development process, interface design principles – and more! This session will include a guest practitioner who has used management flight simulators with legislators and public policies.

Class 4: Games

If you’ve wondered how to design and facilitate games like FishBanks to your clients and students, this is your session. You’ll learn the basics of game development...from determining game purpose, model structure, roles and goals, interface design – and much, much more.

Chris Soderquist

About the Instructor

Chris Soderquist is the president of Pontifex Consulting and a long-time partner of isee systems. Chris has over sixteen years experience helping organizations apply the principles of System Thinking to achieve their strategic goals. During that time he has provided consulting and training to organizations in the public and private sector, including teaching systems thinking (for health policy) to legislators in Georgia, New Hampshire and Kansas. Clients include: Boeing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dow Chemical, Hewlett-Packard, New Visions for Public Schools, Nissan, Northwestern Mutual, UNDP, World Bank, and the World Economic Forum.

Guest Instructors

Susan Fairchild

Director, Research and Organizational Learning, New Visions for Public Schools

Susan Fairchild, Ph.D., M.P.H., joined New Visions for Public Schools in 2009. She uses systems thinking to support continuous improvement efforts in New Visions’ network of 80 public high school and charter schools in New York City. She also applies systems thinking in the design of data tools that help to identify root cause. Prior to joining New Visions, Susan served as a program director at The Epsilon Group, an international healthcare consulting organization. She holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a Ph.D. from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development with a focus on teacher workforce issues and survey methods.

Rachel Ferencik

Senior Research Associate, Georgia Health Policy Center

Rachel Ferencik is a Senior Research Associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Rachel is the Center's lead expert on systems thinking, having led mapping and modeling projects on childhood obesity, low birth weight, chronic disease, violence and motor vehicle injury prevention. She coordinates the Legislative Health Policy Certificate Program, a training and continuing education program for state policymakers in Georgia that uses systems thinking principles and skills to help legislators identify high leverage solutions to improve the health of Georgians. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bob Landel

University of Virginia

Robert D. Landel, Henry E. McWane Professor of Business Administration, teaches courses in innovation and operations management, systems thinking and operational effectiveness in the Darden School’s MBA degree program. He also serves on the faculty of several Darden Executive Education programs. Landel has been a consultant to manufacturing and service companies in the areas of operations strategy development, high-performance work systems design, improvement management and executive-level operations leadership teaching, and midlevel management coaching.

Mark White

University of Virginia

Mark White is Associate Professor of Commerce at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, where he teaches corporate finance and numerous courses on sustainable business practices. He is currently engaged in several collaborative research projects related to the latter field, including efforts to model the environmental and financial implications of manufacturing biodiesel from microalgae and The Bay Game, an interactive simulation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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