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About the Systems Thinking Collaborative
Our Mission
We work in partnership with our clients and each other. Our practice is based on the view that knowledge must become embedded into the organization so teams can better understand the connections among their decisions, their people, and their performance.

Our Experience
STC consultants have invested their professional careers applying systems thinking, and have focused on a wide variety of industries as well as global and societal issues.
We are truly systems thinkers!

We do not claim expertise in any specific business area. Rather we work to bring to the table our deep systems expertise (concepts and tools); our clients bring deep understanding of their environment; together we find a heightened level of perception and new ways to think about issues. The result is often amazing in terms of results and accomplishments.

We are also committed to the transfer of thinking skills, that is, leaving our client's not just with solutions to immediate issues but with new ways of perceiving their world in dealing with the future. We continue to be available for coaching as needed for on-going progress.



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Most recently, we have worked with the following clients:

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance: Charged with developing systemic solid waste policy recommendations for the state of Minnesota, the Collaborative worked with this client to design and facilitate a series of workshops to engage a wide range of constituents who had had difficulty coming together in past efforts to engage them. The full force of systems thinking and team learning practices were brought to bear in this project, resulting in a very successful project where consensus was achieved on ten recommendations and four principles.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: The Collaborative worked with managers to identify the key drivers of the Facilities business area.  These feedback forces were considered when assessing several strategies also developed on this team. Stakeholder assessment also played a key role for this organization, as they have multiple customers with differing goals and timeframes.

Visteon Corporation: Working with a cross-functional team, Collaborative consultants helped them to identify several key dynamic issues. One in particular was chosen to develop into a dynamics simulation model. The findings from this model helped to illuminate a vital strategic issue for rolling out a new business strategy. The Collaborative presented a few learning labs using this model to report to key stakeholders the lessons learned on this practice field. Then the primary client became the facilitator for these learning labs.

Pegasus Communications, Inc.: We tailored a two-day workshop for key people in the organization, introducing the concepts and tools of systems thinking. This included causal loop mapping, archetypes, a complete case study from facilitation to recommendations, and an introduction to system dynamics. Like other workshops, it was experiential (and fun) for participants.

Entrepreneurial Coaching: This focused on coaching activity for an emerging business, increasing the depth of understanding of the people involved of systems principles as well as a sounding board for business issues.

Too numerous to cite in detail, we also have experience in the following areas:

Corporate Strategy and Operations: Interventions, analysis, and development in a wide variety of public and private sector industries including automotive, pharmaceutical, computer equipment and components, aerospace, communications, oil and gas, and retail.

Social Systems: Analysis and intervention for social service policy, family, and team dynamics.

Environmental Management: Analysis, development and strategic planning for sustainability at local, state, and global levels.

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Our Organization
The Systems Thinking Collaborative is a networked consulting practice dedicated to applying systems thinking and system dynamics. We help clients manage their dynamically complex issues to achieve their goals and to facilitate organizational learning. Our practice offers innovations that come from combining our members' diverse approaches to organizational learning.

• A network of experienced systems thinking consultants,

• Who align and combine the spectrum of organizational learning tools, and

• Provide cost effective applications.

The Collaborative is a virtual organization. Our clients benefit from our experience, our ability to support wide-ranging systemic initiatives, and our cost effectiveness. Our members benefit by working with others to advance their state of the art practice.

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Our Partners:

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David W. Packer
• Kristina Wile
• Rebecca D. Niles


David W. Packer
David W. Packer is a founding member of the collaborative, bringing extensive business and systems thinking capability to its membership. Most recently, he was an associate and CFO of a consulting firm that focused on leading clients to develop systemic perspectives of their issues. Prior to that, David served in a set of senior Financial and Information Management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation both in the United States and Europe.

David holds a Masters degree in Management from MIT, where he was a member of the system dynamics group at the Sloan School, as well as Bachelor degrees in both Electrical Engineering and in Humanities and Engineering. He is a graduate of The Executive Program of the Darden School at the University of Virginia and serves on the Board of Directors of several non profit organizations.

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David W. Packer
Kristina Wile Kristina Wile
Kristina Wile is a founding member of the Systems Thinking Collaborative. She has been helping organizations to apply systems thinking to design strategies and shape operational systems since 1994 when she joined GKA Incorporated. She provides strength in the complete modeling for learning process, incuding teaching, faciliation and simulation modeling. Prior to 1994 she received a Masters of Science degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, with a concentration in System Dynamics and Operations Management. Her thesis explored and analyzed theories of organizational change from a system dynamics perspective.

Prior to her graduate work, Kristina gained more than seven years of experience in product development in commercial, industrial, and government markets. At Adaptive Optics Associates, she worked as a project manager, systems and design engineer, managing the design and manufacture of custom electronic systems. At Polaroid Corporation, she coordinated the transfer of products from R&D to manufacturing. Kris has a Bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering.

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Rebecca D. Niles
Rebecca joined STC as a member in 1998 and was named a partner in 2010. Prior to joining STC, she worked with GKA Incorporated where she completed projects ranging from two-day training sessions in the concepts and applications of systems thinking to facilitation of management teams in problem-solving and strategic planning to large computer modeling and learning laboratory development projects. Client engagements have addressed issues of IT employee retention, internet marketing strategy, product defect reduction, teacher absenteeism, economic growth in Nigeria, the drug discovery process, fixed asset management strategy, and spent fuel pool catastrophes, and NRC reporting issues.

Rebecca also worked with Monitor Company, where she participated in the development and delivery of an introductory course in systems dynamics along with traditional strategic consulting work for manufacturing companies and completed modeling projects a system dynamics modeler for clients in a number of areas including telecommunications, platinum refining, and state lottery industries.

Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Master of Science Degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, with a concentration in operations management and information technology. While at MIT, she spent three years under the supervision of Professor Jay Forrester developing systems thinking curriculums and educational seminars for K-12 educators.

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Rebecca D. Niles
Our Members:

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Ginny Wiley
• Andrew Jones
• Donald Seville
• Christopher Soderquist
• Sergio Krupatini
• Gregory Hennessy


Ginny Wiley
Ginny Wiley is a systems thinking educator, facilitator and consultant. Prior to joining The Systems Thinking Collaborative, she was president of Pegasus Communications, an organization which provides tools, resources, networking opportunities, and gatherings for all kinds of organizations (business - small to large, government, not-for-profit, education) to address their most complex and challenging problems. She now serves on several boards which promote systems thinking and organizational learning. Prior to Pegasus, Ginny was a systems thinking trainer and consultant; clients included Motorola, CP Rail, New Belgium Brewery, Minnesota Department of Transportation, among others. She has led numerous training sessions and has keynoted. Her passion is to to bring the power of systems thinking, both as a philosophy/way of life AND as a tool, to teams and organizations. She has an MBA from Northeastern University.

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Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones
Drew Jones is a consultant, facilitator, and trainer in systems thinking and system dynamics modeling. As an independent, he worked for the clients in the recreational vehicle, automotive, management consulting, and blood services industries. As part of the think tank Sustainability Institute, he has run workshops on environmental, economic, and social sustainability and designed and run model-based "learning laboratories" in the forest policy area. Mr. Jones worked for five years at Rocky Mountain Institute, received a B.A. in Engineering Sciences and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and a M.S. from M.I.T., where he concentrated on System Dynamics simulation modeling.

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Don Seville
Don Seville has been providing system dynamics consulting to clients in the private and public sector for five years. In 1994, he earned a degree of Masters of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he specialized in System Dynamics and Organizational Learning. He was a graduate student researcher at MIT's Organizational Learning Center for two years, focusing on how systems thinking and system dynamics can support decision making and organizational learning. His thesis developed guidelines for using system dynamics to support on-going organizational policy making, and presented a framework for designing a strategy to "integrate" system dynamics into an organization.

Don has undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Science, Technology, and Society. He also worked for one year as a mechanical designer, designing optical sensing devices at Boston Advanced Technology, a small start up firm in the Boston area.

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Christopher Soderquist
Chris Soderquist has over 15 years experience as a system dynamics consultant and trainer, with a diverse set of clients from the private and public sectors. Because of his broad base of experience, Chris is a guest lecturer at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) in their Executive Education Program, and on the Boeing Engineering Leadership Program's development team. He is a contributing author to The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 1999) and has published several features in The Systems Thinker. Additionally, Chris provide system dynamics webinars for isee systems, where he is a consulting partner.

Chris's most recent focus areas include public health and environmental policy, NGO strategic planning, and local community-based sustainability efforts. Additionally, his research interests include linking dynamic modeling with dashboard/scorecard development, implementation, and monitoring.

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Sergio Krupatini Sergio Krupatini
Sergio holds a degree in Business Administration and has developed specialized studies on Strategy, Leadership, Complexity and Scenario Planning in USA and Portugal. He is specialized in Systems Thinking, Complexity, and Strategy. Sergio has designed and delivered workshops and consulting interventions in Argentina and Spain. He has given numerous conferences and speeches on his expertise area in Universities, firms and professional organizations. Sergio is Director of OMN The Simulation Comapny, based in Buenos Aires and La Cumbre, Argentina. OMN is consulting and trainer partner of iseesystems and is technological partner of the Esade -one of the major Business Schools of Europe, based in Barcelona/Spain.

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Gregory Hennessy
Gregory Hennessy is an independent management consultant with more than 15 years of experience in strategy and organizational development. He combines traditional analysis and facilitation with systems- and organizational learning-based techniques. Greg has been an Engagement Manager and Manager of Professional Development at McKinsey & Co., as well as a Consultant with Monitor Group. He spent a year on the faculty of the Shell Learning Center and was a consultant to Shell's Learning & Transformation Services group.

Greg earned a Master's degree in Social Science from Caltech, where he studied microeconomics and political science. He has also earned a Masterνs in Management (MBA Equivalent) from MIT's Sloan School of Management, where he concentrated in System Dynamics and Organizational Learning. Currently, Greg is a doctoral student in Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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