Archive for the ‘system dynamics’ Category

Innovation and Limits to Growth

In a basic growth model, some finite resource is consumed at a rate such that the resource is eventually depleted. When that happens the growth that was dependent on that resource stops and the system begins to collapse. If it happens that the resource is renewable eventually the rate of consumption matches the rate of […]

From Gamification to Simulation: Enhancing the Transfer of Learning

Each year brings to the business world a new swarm of buzzwords. Many are last year’s buzzwords, humming the same tune at a different pitch, fighting to find new life in the buzzword-eat-buzzword business world. Others are new arrivals from beyond the information horizon. I caught one of the new ones in my net earlier […]

Good Intentions, Bad Results

In The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dörner makes the following observation: In our political environment, it would seem, we are surrounded on all sides with good intentions. But the nurturing of good intentions is an utterly undemanding mental exercise, while drafting plans to realize those worthy goals is another matter. Moreover, it is far from […]

Failure to Think Through to the Unintended Consequences II

I posted previously about the unintended consequences of switching from disposable plastic grocery bags to reusable cloth bags provided by shoppers. I’m seeing this issue get a little bit of traction lately. The Property and Environment Research Center has an interesting PSA video on the subject. Many jurisdictions have implemented bans or taxes on plastic […]

Altruism and Systems Thinking

The Unintended Consequences Edition Man likely sickened by plague in critical condition in Bend (Oregon) “The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, fell ill several days after being bitten while trying to get a mouse away from a stray cat. The man is now being treated at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he was […]

Baseball and Systems Thinking

Or “Yet another example of why baseball is more like life than any other sport.” Matt Cain of San Francisco Giants tosses 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history and second of 2012 season Just 22 perfect games in the history of baseball. How rare is that? Since 1900, there have been 353,240 (±20, […]