WPI Systems Thinking Colloquium, Perspectives on Systems Thinking, 8:30am-6:00pm East Time (reception to follow), October 2, 2019, Worcester Massachusetts, US (or online)


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Register for WPI’s Systems Thinking Colloquium:

Perspectives on Systems Thinking

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
8:30 am to 6:00 pm (reception to follow)
WPI Campus, Gateway I

Space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Currently, there is no clear consensus on the definition of “Systems Thinking.” The colloquium objective is to clearly articulate the various different perspectives on Systems Thinking and facilitate a discussion among Systems Thinking experts about their perspectives.

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Speakers include:


Gene Bellinger

Gene has been a passionate Systems Thinker for almost four decades. He is highly respected member of the systems thinking community, the author of several hundred articles, and over 700 videos on relationship and their implications, and a member of the System Dynamics Society. In 2013 Gene coauthored Beyond Connecting the Dots: Modeling for Meaningful Results with Scott Fortmann-Roe, the developer of Insight Maker. Gene shepherded the Systems Thinking World discussion group on LinkedIn to over 20,000 members focused on developing a better understanding of, and employing systems thinking principles. Gene is also the developer of the Systems-Thinking website. Presently Gene is actively engaged in developing learning threads on various aspects of relationships and their implications, conducting weekly internet sessions, and participating in various discussion groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Derek Cabrera

Derek Cabrera is a systems scientist, inventor, and social entrepreneur and is internationally known for his work in systems thinking, systems leadership, and systems modeling. He is currently visiting faculty at Cornell University where he teaches systems thinking and organizational leadership and design. He is senior scientist at Cabrera Research Lab, and Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Plectica. He is author of eight books including, Systems Thinking Made Simple: New Hope for Solving Wicked Problems (winner of the 2017 AECT outstanding book award), Thinking at Every Desk: Four Simple Skills to Transform Your Classroom, and Flock Not Clock: Design, Align, and Lead to Achieve Your Vision. Credited with discovering the underlying rules of systems thinking, Cabrera is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Systems Thinking. His work in public schools was documented in the full-length documentary film, RE:Thinking. He was Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) for the Study of Complex Systems and National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow in Nonlinear Systems in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University. He serves on the United States Military Academy at West Point’s Systems Engineering Advisory Board. His contributions to the field of systems thinking have been integrated into NSF, NIH, and USDA-NIFA programs, K-12, higher education, NGOs, federal agencies, corporations, and business schools. His systems models are used by many of Silicon Valley’s most innovative companies. Systems Thinking Made Simple is used as an introductory text for undergraduate and graduate students in numerous colleges and universities including Cornell University and West Point Military Academy. Cabrera has developed and patented a suite of systems thinking tools for use in academia, business, and beyond.

Bob Cavana 

Associate Professor Bob Cavana is a Reader in Systems & Sustainability in the School of Management, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Bob is a past President of the NZ Operational Research Society, a past Vice-President for the International System Dynamics Society and a former Managing Editor of System Dynamics Review (2005-12). He has published in a wide range of international journals, and he is a co-author of Systems Thinking, System Dynamics: Managing Change and Complexity 2nd ed (Pearson Education, Auckland, 2007) and Introduction to Systems Thinking. Pearson Education NZ (Prentice Hall): Auckland, 2009.

Joe Kasser

Joseph Kasser has been a practicing systems engineer and engineering manager since 1970 in the USA, Israel, and Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and an INCOSE Fellow. He is the author of “A Framework for Understanding Systems Engineering” and “Holistic Thinking: Creating innovative solutions to complex problems (Solution Engineering)” and many INCOSE symposia papers.
He gave up his positions as a Deputy Director and DSTO Associate Research Professor at the Systems Engineering and Evaluation Centre at the University of South Australia in early 2007 to move back to the UK to develop the world’s first immersion course in systems engineering as a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University. He is an INCOSE Ambassador and also served as the initial president of INCOSE Australia and as a Region VI Representative to the INCOSE Member Board. He is currently a principal at the Right Requirement Ltd. in the UK and a Visiting Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore.

Mike Radzicki

Professor Radzicki is an economist, creator of WPI’s program in system dynamics, and co-creator of WPI’s program in trading and investment system development. Professor Radzicki’s research focuses on predictive analytics, simulation science, and the application of techniques from these areas to problems in economics, finance, and management. He has been invited to speak around the world in venues such as the White House, the Royal Society, the New York Stock Exchange, the United States Departments of Energy, Transportation, and Homeland Security, and Sandia National Laboratories. He has also served on the editorial board of several professional journals and as a consultant to numerous Fortune 500 corporations. In 2006 he served as president of the System Dynamics Society.

Donna Rhodes

Donna Rhodes is a principal research scientist in MIT’s Sociotechnical Systems Research Center. She is the director of the Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri), a research group focused on advancing theories, methods, and practices for the engineering of complex sociotechnical systems. She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and associate editor of the journal Systems Engineering.  She has over 150 publications and is co-author of the book Architecting the Future Enterprise, published by MIT Press in 2015.  Her contributions in the systems field have been recognized by numerous publication awards, IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, Lockheed Martin NOVA Award and INCOSE Founders Award.

Khalid Saeed

Khalid Saeed is a professor of economics and system dynamics at WPI. Widely recognized for his work on computer modeling and experimental analysis of developmental, organizational, and governance-related issues, he has written two books and numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of developmental and management agendas, including sustainable economic development, infrastructure planning, political economy, supply chain management, and system dynamics modeling. He has worked as a consultant with UN-ESCAP, UNDP, Asian Development Bank, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Booz Alan Hamilton, US Veterans Administration, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and McKinsey Company, among other organizations. At WPI, Saeed served as department head of Social Science and Policy Studies from 1997 to 2007. During this period, he developed new major programs in economic science, psychological science, and system dynamics, as well as initiated graduate studies in the department.

David Peter Stroh

David Peter Stroh is a founding partner of Bridgeway Partners and a founding director of appliedsystemsthinking.com. He was also one of the founders of Innovation Associates, the consulting firm whose pioneering work in the area of organizational learning formed the basis for fellow co-founder Peter Senge’s management classic The Fifth Discipline. David is the author of the best-selling book Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide for Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results (Chelsea Green, 2015) and of over 30 articles and book chapters including many in “The Systems Thinker”. David is internationally recognized for his work in enabling leaders to apply systems thinking to achieve breakthroughs around chronic, complex problems and to develop strategies which improve system-wide performance over time. David is committed to helping organizations and communities apply systems thinking to social change. Together with his wife Marilyn Paul, he has also written and consulted on how to reduce managerial and organizational overload, as well as authored an article on ‘The Learning Family’. David is a charter member of the Society for Organizational Learning.

Ricardo Valerdi

Ricardo Valerdi is a Professor in the Systems & Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. Previously he was a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Valerdi is a recipient of the Best Article of the Year Awards in the Systems Engineering Journal and Defense Acquisition Journal, and Best Paper Awards at the Conference on Systems Engineering Research, International Society of Parametric Analysts, and Conference on Predictive Models in Software Engineering.  He teaches courses in cost estimation, systems engineering, decision analysis, sports analytics, and the science of baseball. Dr. Valerdi is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics and from 2009-2014 was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation.  He served on the Board of Directors of the International Council on Systems Engineering, and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as a systems engineer at Motorola and has been affiliated with the Aerospace Corporation’s Economic and Market Analysis Center.   He is also founder and Chief Scientist of the Science of Sport and a consultant to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic., Sugar Bowl, and College Football Playoff Foundation.  His work has been featured on ESPN, Fox Sports Arizona, and LA Times.  In collaboration with faculty in the UA College of Medicine he developed the first-ever concussion simulator for football for the NCAA.

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