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of the Month:
Explore the dynamic trade-offs associated with the implementation of a policy
by Steve Peterson
In Northern New England, springtime means lacrosse.
And this year, the women's lacrosse game is now requiring protective eyewear.
This new rule has caused much grumbling within my daughter's lacrosse team, and
has led to the development of a very interesting argument against the use of
This month's story of the month develops that argument as an illustration of
how the tools of system dynamics can be applied to explore the dynamic
trade-offs associated with the implementation of a policy initiative. Enjoy!
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About this Feature
The Story of the Month feature came
about in response to the unexpected death of our dear friend, mentor, and
colleague Donella Meadows in the winter of 2001. Dana was extremely gifted in
many areas of life. She was a superb teacher, a gifted writer, and an incisive
systems thinker. She had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of those she
touched through her writing, her speaking, and her personal interactions.
Like Dana, Barry Richmond was a superb teacher, a gifted writer, and an
incisive systems thinker whose impact on the lives he touched was profound.
Like Dana, Barry had a rich set of skills to accompany his passion for applying
a systems perspective to the pressing issues of our day. Like Dana, Barry's
passing was unexpected - leaving a void that will not soon be filled.
The Story of the Month is a tribute to the legacies of Barry and Dana. Each
month's story, told using the iThink/STELLA software, applies systems thinking
in a practical way to some issue in the headlines. Stories are based on small
(1-page) maps or models, in keeping with Barry's and Dana's gift for making
points clearly and succinctly.
About the Author
Steve Peterson is Principal of The
Peterson Group, a consulting firm based in West Lebanon, NH. Steve's current
work revolves around three major focal areas:
Workshop design and delivery, using the Systems Thinking framework to address
strategic, organizational, and operational issues.
Client-specific project work. With current clients in Financial Services,
Consulting, Military, Pharmaceuticals, and Automotive industries, Steve's
project work focuses on the design and development of simulation models in
topic areas such as strategy, personnel, finance, operations, marketing, and
Design and development of customized simulation model-based applications.
Steve has over 20 years experience in
the practical application of Systems Thinking and System Dynamics in business,
education, and government. He has led over 100 training sessions focused on the
Systems Thinking approach and the iThink / STELLA software. He has extensive
experience in the design and development of simulation-based learning
environments. He has developed numerous simulation models addressing a wide
array of topics and issues in business and in education.