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Using Simulation to Compare Four Categories of intervention for Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Risks
Hirsch G, Homer J, Trogdon J, Wile K, Orenstein D. Using simulation to compare 4 categories of intervention for reducing cardiovascular disease risks. Am J Public Health 2014; 104(7):1187–95.
Using Simulation to Compare Established and Emerging Interventions to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the United States
Homer J, Wile K, Yarnoff B, Trogdon JG, Hirsch G, Cooper L, Orenstein, D, et al. Using Simulation to Compare Established and Emerging Interventions to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the United States. Prev Chronic Dis 2014; 11:140130.
Strategic Planning for Chronic Disease Prevention in Rural America: Looking Through a PRISM Lens
Honeycutt, AA, Wile, K, Dove, C, Hawkins, J, and Orenstein, D. “Strategic Planning for Chronic Disease Prevention in Rural America: Looking Through a PRISM Lens”. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2014; 00(00), 1-8.
Simulating and Evaluating Local Interventions to Improve Cardiovascular Health
Homer, J, Milstein, B, Wile, K, Trogdon, J, Huang, P, Labarthe, D. & Orenstein, D (2010). Simulating and Evaluating Local Interventions to Improve Cardiovascular Health. Preventing Chronic Disease 7(1);
Modeling the local dynamics of cardiovascular health: risk factors, context, and capacity
Homer J, Milstein B, Wile K, Pratibhu P, Farris R, Orenstein D. Modeling the local dynamics of cardiovascular health: risk factors, context, and capacity. Preventing Chronic Disease 2008; 5(2).
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Mid-West Company Uses System Dynamics to Beat Industry-wide Contraction
Matthew Bigman, Kris Wile
The New Systems Thinker, February 2015. Armed with System Dynamics knowledge, a company can undergo smart and strategic action to anticipate future sales. Warren Farr, the CEO of Refrigeration Sales Corporation (RSC) in Valley View, OH, led his team through these changes when he was appointed president of RSC in 2000. His long-range, systemic examination of the heating and cooling industry, and subsequent action, lead to a 25% growth in sales through a 30% industry-wide sales contraction.
Honest Tea Applies Systemic Principles that Lead to Success in the Beverage Industry
Carolyn Neihaus, Kris Wile, Leverage Networks
This article is from the New Systems Thinker Newsletter (Issue 7, Volume 1, Article 1) May 2015. Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff set out to start an innovative and honest company when they founded Honest Tea in 1998. In practice they have created a new way of doing business that extends all their operations to benefit their many community partners, which we can see through their results and impacts over the years.
Dam Dynamics – A Systems Thinking Look
Kris Wile, Rebecca Niles
From the Headlines article from The New Systems Thinker. October 2014. Complex topics are often portrayed as one-sided in mainstream media. Here, we’ll demonstrate how Systems Thinking can provide insight and understanding.
A Systems Look at Professional Sports in the US
From The New Systems Thinker Volume 1, Issue 6 (April 2015)
Professional sports team valuations in almost every genre have been increasing steadily over the last decades. Could the factors that sports industries use to maintain growth apply to other industries? We examine brand management, market controls, and the pursuit for dominance to see what we can learn from the business of sports.
Noteworthy Insights on Supply and Demand, Boom and Bust
Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand is the basis of the free market and as such, warrants a look from a systems thinking perspective. Supply and demand are inherently systemic and breaking open the situation from a Systems Thinking perspective can offer leverage points to mitigate the sometimes negative consequences of this system. A basic premise of supply and demand is: as the price for a product goes up, without any other changes, it causes demand to go down, which in turn decreases the price to an acceptable level.
From Model to Action: Using a System Dynamics Model of Chronic Disease Risks to Align Community Action. Health Promotion Practice, January 2013, 14(1): 53-61.
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Best Real World Application of System Dynamics: Prevention Impacts Simulation Model (PRISM) for Chronic Disease Policymaking
Jack Homer, Kristina Wile, Gary Hirsch, Justin Trogdon, Amanda Honeycutt, Bobby Milstein, Diane Orenstein, and Lawton Cooper.
Understanding the Dynamic Dimensions of Health Protection Policies.
Bobby Milstein, Jack Homer, Kristina Wile, Justin Trogdon, Amanda Honeycutt, Bobby Milstein, Diane Orenstein
The Systems Thinker articles
Minnesota Takes The Long View of Its Solid Waste System
Wile, K. and Smith, P. Minnesota Takes The Long View of Its Solid Waste System, The Systems Thinker, Pegasus Communications, November, 2001
Taking the Teeth Out of Team Traps
Slobodik, A. and Wile, K. Taking the Teeth Out of Team Traps, The Systems Thinker, Pegasus Communications, November, 1999
The Vaccination Debate: Systemic Insights
Infectious diseases are an inherently systemic problem. In this article, we look at traditional models of infectious disease, as well as the effectiveness of vaccinations for creating an overriding feedback loop in a stock and flow diagram. We also examine the social factors that influence the use of vaccinations and the collective role they play in our society.
ISIS: Escalation, Fueling The Fire, And Group Bullying
Given the media attention to the terrorist activities in the Middle East, I suspect you may share my growing uneasiness about the situation, particularly with regard to ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and in Syria). So what might systems thinkers make of the situation as it has been developing? Is there any wisdom we can offer?
A Review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty First Century
A Review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty First Century. With the 2014 release of his book, Capital in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty created a flurry of media responses and reactions, both negative and positive. Here, we endeavor to focus in on the work itself, while throwing a systems thinker’s hat into the ring. Which is to say, we read the book.
Homelessness In Calhoun
In this piece, we explore how Systems Thinking can bring communities together by creating a shared understanding of a problem and lead to important insights that have both immediate and long-term impacts.
Dance Of We: The Mindful Use Of Love And Power In Human Systems
A Review of Mark Horowitz’s Dance of We.For most of us, simply knowing what is going awry in a system is only the first step of the journey. As systemic thinkers, we look to identify the true causes of problematic behavior in our systems and to make the changes necessary to improve these systems.
What Drives The Epidemic Of Teacher Cheating?
Teacher cheating on standardized tests is a recurring theme in recent national headlines. Both school communities and the media have been responding to these stories with shock and outrage, often vilifying individual teachers and administrators. The TNST article examines the factors that contribute to this phenomena from a Systems Thinker’s perspective.
Preparing For Global Pandemics: Lessons From Marshmallows, Boiled Frogs, and Bathtubs
This article is from the New Systems Thinker Newsletter (Issue 7, Volume 1, Article 2) May 2015.Bill Gates has made a public call for a Global Epidemic Response System. Here, we look at afew of the systemic factors that make this Response System necessary, as well as those thatstand in the way of the systems’ development.
Using Systemic Awareness to Unlock Productivity— Revealing Hidden Limits
This article is from the New Systems Thinker Newsletter (Issue 7, Volume 1, Article 3) May 2015.Productivity is important for success, but is also tricky to navigate.No one is immune to procrastination or productivity shortfalls. More likely than not, we all have extensive experience in this area! To make improvements, in this TNST articlewe’ve assembled a series of driving structures and useful tips that can help identify these shortfalls and boost productivity by adjusting your perspective.
Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business
This article is from the New Systems Thinker Newsletter (Issue 8, Volume 1, Article 3) June 2015.The bloom is off the rose. Sustainability efforts seem to be reaching limits. The new generation ofsustainability is Flourishing. Or, so authors Chris Laszlo and Judy Sorum Brown explain in their bookFlourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business. The book provides the reasoning and outlines the toolsto make this shift in individuals, in organizations, and in larger societal systems such as industries.
Noteworthy Insights on Market Diffusion
The basic structure of this insight applies across industry boundaries –whether consumer or industrial, products or services. During the development and release of new products and services, moving them into the market is the business of sales and marketing teams. If marketing and sales professionals understand the structure involved in the distribution of these new products and services, they will be able to find leverage points that can help them achieve these goals more effectively.
A review of Robert Louis Flood’s Rethinking the Fifth Discipline. Robert Louis Flood’s 1999 book,Rethinking the Fifth Discipline: Learning Within the Unknowable is an informative and engaging read for those who are invested in any of the systemic schools of thought.
Noteworthy Insights on Project Management
Many managers experience the challenge of managing a substantially-sized project at some point in their careers. Systems Thinking and System Dynamics have helped the best managers anticipate common dynamics, avoid surprises, as well as litigate cost recovery after the fact.